Southwest Airlines Co. and JetBlue Airways Corp. told regulators they’re interested in acquiring Washington flight slots that may be available under a settlement of the U.S. lawsuit to block the American Airlines-US Airways Group Inc. merger, people familiar with the matter said.
American Airlines and US Airways Group Inc. are in exploratory talks with the U.S. about settling the government’s lawsuit seeking to block their proposed merger, two people familiar with the matter said.
As U.S. regulators spent the better part of six months preparing to sue to stop the American Airlines-US Airways Group Inc. merger, the carriers devised a plan to allay some antitrust concerns: an offer to cede flight slots at Washington’s Reagan National Airport.
Bombardier Inc., the third-biggest aircraft maker, expects American Airlines to decide soon on a regional-jet order it’s negotiating with the bankrupt U.S. carrier that could include at least 30 aircraft.
American Airlines’ plan to exit bankruptcy protection by merging with US Airways Group Inc. was approved by a judge who said a U.S. antitrust lawsuit seeking to block the deal was no reason to delay it.
JetBlue Airways Corp. has “no interest” in a merger with AMR Corp.’s bankrupt American Airlines and hasn’t received a document that would allow an exchange of confidential information between the carriers.