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Airline Merger Plans Rouse Antitrust Concerns

Law360 (December 14, 2006, 12:00 AM EST) -- With several high-profile marriage proposals on the table in the airline industry, carriers may face turbulent skies ahead as they try to convince federal antitrust regulators that consolidation won't hurt consumers.

Reports surfaced on Wednesday that UAL Corp.'s United Airlines and Continental Airlines Inc. have entered into merger talks, a move that would create the world’s largest carrier.

That news came hot on the heels of last month's $8.67 billion hostile bid by US Airways Group for bankrupt Delta Air Lines. If that deal is solidified,...
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