The boards of American Airlines parent AMR Corp. and US Airways Group Inc. are prepared to vote on a merger on Feb. 11 as executives and advisers work on final terms this weekend, people familiar with the matter said.
US Airways Group Inc.’s merger talks with bankrupt American Airlines are intensifying as the sides try to agree on control of a combined company before confidentiality accords expire next week, people familiar with the matter said.
The board representing AMR Corp.’s American Airlines pilots reached a transition agreement that removes another hurdle to a combination with US Airways Group Inc. that would form the world’s largest carrier.
A group of AMR Corp. bondholders with about $885 million in debt has told pilots that its support for a stand-alone American Airlines after bankruptcy would be conditioned on the appointment of a new board.
American Airlines parent AMR Corp., now reorganizing in bankruptcy, expects to reach a decision within weeks on whether to merge with US Airways Group Inc. or remain independent, Chief Executive Officer Tom Horton said.
An American Airlines merger with US Airways Group Inc. may not occur during the AMR Corp. unit’s bankruptcy unless pilot groups from the carriers agree on interim contract terms, American’s pilot union said.
American Airlines pilot union leaders remained steadfast in backing a merger with US Airways Group Inc. after a meeting in which Chief Executive Officer Tom Horton outlined his plan for a stand-alone exit from bankruptcy.