Friday, April 25, 2008

American Airlines in talks with Continental and US Air

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NEW YORK (Reuters) - American Airlines has had early-stage merger talks with US Airways and is in advanced talks for an alliance with Continental Airlines, sources briefed on the situation said on Friday.

American Airlines' talks with Continental are focused on forming an alliance that could share passengers, much like the SkyTeam partnership that includes Air France-KLM, Alitalia, Czech Airlines, Delta Air Lines, and Northwest Airlines, the people said.

But Continental is also in advanced talks with United Airlines for a full merger, the sources said. Continental will not pursue both options but rather, end up choosing either the merger or the alliance, sources said.

Meanwhile, United Airlines is also in serious merger talks with US Airways, and will choose to merge with either Continental or US Airways soon, the people said.

All of the airlines declined to comment.

The airlines would like to have any mergers approved under the current federal administration, which is considered more merger-friendly.


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