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American Merger Decision Promised ‘Within Weeks’

According to a memo from American chief Tom Horton to employees, published in the Dallas Star-Telegram, the airline’s decision on whether to support or oppose a merger with US Airways will be made “within a matter of weeks.”

That’s support or opposition at the level of American’s top management.

The unions representing the airline’s flight attendants and pilots have already come out in favor of a tie-up with US Airways, which would create the world’s largest airline traffic-wise.

Although Horton’s memo makes reference to the airline’s customers, his focus is clearly elsewhere: “Our objective is unchanged — to create the most value for our owners and the strongest possible American going forward.”

After waiting for more than a year for clarity, American’s customers won’t have to wait much longer to see how their interests fare amid the competing priorities of American’s owners, managers and workers.

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