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Union says CEO makes case for independent American

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 13, 2012 at 5:35 pm •  Published: December 13, 2012

DALLAS (AP) — American Airlines pilots say the company's CEO is making his case for remaining an independent airline, but the union still wants a merger with US Airways.

The union says its board will invite US Airways' top two executives to visit next week.

CEO Thomas Horton met for three hours on Thursday with directors of the Allied Pilots Association.

Union spokesman Dennis Tajer said that Horton detailed his plan for American's parent company, AMR Corp., to emerge from bankruptcy protection on its own. He said the union board considered Horton's comments but still thinks a merger is better for pilots and the company.

Tajer said the union invited US Airways CEO Doug Parker and President Scott Kirby to a meeting next week. US Airways declined to comment.

American's pilots will own 13.5 percent of AMR after it emerges from bankruptcy under a contract that they ratified last week, and this week they joined private talks designed to help creditors weigh American's go-it-alone plan against US Airways' merger proposal.

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