August 22, 2013
Credit: American Airlines
AMR Corp. and US Airways today filed a motion to start the U.S. Justice Department’s (DOJ’s) trial against their proposed merger on Nov. 12.
The airlines argue that the request is reasonable despite the Justice Department’s request to start the trial 180 days after it filed its lawsuit, which would delay the case until February 2014.
“We are eager to show that the DOJ’s action would deny millions of customers access to a more competitive airline that will offer customers what they want, delivering significant benefits to consumers, communities and employees,” says US Airways Chairman and CEO Doug Parker, who has been chosen to serve as CEO of the ‘New American.’
“The new American Airlines is predicated on growth. This merger is the foundation of American’s plan to exit bankruptcy and is the cornerstone of American’s and US Airways’ plan to form a more competitive and cost-effective airline to take on the country’s largest air carriers – Delta [Air Lines], United Airlines, and Southwest [Airlines] – and a number of fast-growing low-cost carriers, including Virgin America, JetBlue [Airways], Spirit [Airlines] and Allegiant [Air]. We are committed to resolving this litigation and, if necessary, will pursue all legal options in order to achieve this merger,” Parker adds.