US Air, American Execs Defend Merger Against Senate Grilling

Law360, New York (June 19, 2013, 6:00 PM EDT) -- Senior executives for US Airways Group Inc. and American Airlines Inc. told a Senate subcommittee Tuesday that they shouldn't have to divest aircraft slots as part of their planned $11 billion merger, while lawmakers and others expressed concerns about overconsolidation at Reagan National Airport and labor unrest among US Airways pilots.

The Senate Subcommittee on Aviation Operations, Safety and Security hearing included American Airlines general counsel Gary Kennedy and US Airways CEO Douglas Parker, who repeatedly said there was no legal rationale for forcing the combined...
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