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American Airlines, US Airways seek trial date for DOJ merger case

Texas-based airline operator AMR Corp (OTCQB: AAMRQ) and Arizona USA-based US Airways Group Inc (NYSE: LCC) said that they filed a motion to set a trial date and a supporting brief in the United States District Court for the District Of Columbia in connection with the lawsuit filed by the US Department of Justice regarding the merger of the two airlines.

DOJ has sought to block the merger on the grounds that it will reduce competition on key routes and lead to higher prices for consumers.

In the motion, American Airlines and US Airways have requested a November 12, 2013 trial date.

In their filing, the companies explain that their proposed trial date is very reasonable by recent historical standards. The DOJ request for 180 days, especially with one of the parties in bankruptcy, however, would be unprecedented and unreasonable in the circumstances.

Based on the DOJ merger cases litigated to a decision since 2001, the average time from the DOJ´s complaint to trial is 70 days.

American Airlines fleet of nearly 900 aircraft fly more than 3,500 daily flights worldwide from hubs in Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Los Angeles, Miami and New York. US Airways, along with US Airways Shuttle and US Airways Express, operates more than 3,100 flights per day and serves 198 communities in the US, Canada, Mexico, Europe, the Middle East, the Caribbean, Central and South America.

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