American Airlines and US Airways to fight justice department merger block
AMR Corporation, the parent company of American Airlines and US Airways Group, is to mount a “vigorous and strong defence” to the US Department of Justice’s (DOJ) effort to block their proposed merger.
A strongly-worded statement from the airline insists: “We believe that the DOJ is wrong in its assessment of our merger. Integrating the complementary networks of American and US Airways to benefit customers is the motivation for bringing these airlines together.
“Blocking this pro-competitive merger will deny customers access to a broader airline network that gives them more choices,” it adds.
AMR claims that widespread support from the employees and financial stakeholders of both airlines underscores the fact that “this is the best path forward for both airlines and the customers and communities we serve.”
The Fort Worth-Texas-based company will pursue all legal options in order to achieve this merger.
With more than 6,700 daily flights to 336 destinations in 56 countries around the world, the new American Airlines will strengthen communities nationwide through better service to more destinations both domestically and internationally.
Importantly, the combined airline expects to maintain current hubs of both carriers and expand service from those hubs.
“The result for consumers is that the new American will be a highly competitive alternative to other domestic and global carriers,” the statement adds.