American Airlines and US Airways Group Inc., even before they entered court, fought the Justice Department over when the government’s antitrust lawsuit to block the airlines’ proposed merger should go to trial.
AMR Corp.’s American Airlines and US Airways Group Inc. are seeking a trial of the government’s lawsuit to block their $12.1 billion merger as early as Nov. 12, while the Justice Department is pushing for a February date.
AMR Corp. urged a judge to approve its plan to exit bankruptcy protection by merging its American Airlines with US Airways Group Inc. two days after the U.S. sued to block the combination as a threat to consumers.
US Airways Group Inc., pressing to take over AMR Corp.’s American Airlines in bankruptcy, made its case for a merger to the company’s unsecured creditors committee, three people familiar with the matter said.
AMR Corp. Chief Executive Officer Tom Horton kept pitching himself to be CEO in a merger with US Airways Group Inc. until the end of January, when his bankruptcy creditors firmly said no, people familiar with the matter said.