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Virgin America Comes Out Against American-US Air Merger, Southwest Asks Court for Slots

Virgin America Comes Out Against American-US Air Merger, Southwest Asks Court for Slots

Airlines are lining up on both sides of the aisle to file amicus curiae briefs in the Department of Justice antitrust lawsuit that seeks to block the merger of American Airlines and US Airways.  The suit was first announced in August of this year.
Last Thursday, Southwest Airlines received permission from U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly, who is presiding over the case, to file a friend of the court brief in …

US Airways Moves to Allow Personal Electronic Devices, All 4 Legacy Airlines Now On Board

US Airways Moves to Allow Personal Electronic Devices, All 4 Legacy Airlines Now On Board

With the announcement Thursday by US Airways that its passengers can use personal electronic devices during taxi, takeoff, and landing, all four so-called legacy airlines have adopted the new Federal Aviation Administration regulations that the agency announced last week.
United Airlines announced that its passengers would be able to do so Wednesday evening, while American announced this on Monday.  Delta Air Lines received approval and implemented the change in procedures on …

Attorney General Open to Settlement in American-US Airways Suit

Attorney General Open to Settlement in American-US Airways Suit

The United States Attorney General said on Monday that the government would be willing to settle its antitrust lawsuit against American Airlines and US Airways if the airlines were to agree to significant divestitures.
Speaking at a news conference Monday that was unrelated to the airline case, Attorney General Eric Holder said that “any resolution in this case [would include] divestitures of facilities at key, constrained airports throughout the United States.”
The …

US Air, American Antitrust Settlement Talks Focus On Broad Concessions

US Air, American Antitrust Settlement Talks Focus On Broad Concessions

Any settlement that would settle the U.S. government’s challenge to the merger of American Airlines and US Airways would include divestitures at key airports throughout the U.S., according to a source familiar with the matter.
While the two airlines were reported to be preparing a settlement offer that would include giving up some slots at Ronal Reagan National Airport in Washington, D.C. in exchange for getting the Department of Justice to drop …

What Frequent Travelers Need to Know About the New FAA Regulations and In-Flight Wi-Fi Systems

What Frequent Travelers Need to Know About the New FAA Regulations and In-Flight Wi-Fi Systems

The new FAA guidelines for the use of electronic devices on aircraft brought great joy to frequent flyers, device manufacturers, and flight attendants but, while devices may be turned on during taxi, takeoff, and landing, what it will be capable of doing will vary both by airline and the Wi-Fi system on the aircraft.
The timetable for implementing the new rules will also vary by airline as not all carriers will …

American and US Airways Preparing Settlement Offer

American and US Airways Preparing Settlement Offer

American Airline’s parent AMR and US Airways would offer to give up some takeoff and landing slots at Ronald Reagan National Airport in Washington, D.C. in exchange for getting the Department of Justice to drop its suit that seeks to block the merger, which would create the world’s largest airline by passenger traffic, a Wall Street Journal report said on Wednesday.
The report, which cited two people familiar with the process, …

DOJ, American, US Airways Announce Plans for Mediation Before Antitrust Trial

DOJ, American, US Airways Announce Plans for Mediation Before Antitrust Trial

American Airlines, US Airways, and the Department of Justice announced that they intend to meet with a mediator in an attempt to resolve issues stemming from the DOJ lawsuit filed in August that seeks to block the merger of the two carriers.
The announcement came via a filing Monday afternoon in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., stating that “[T]he Parties have agreed to a mediator suggested by the Court.”
The trial …