Pi­lots at Amer­i­can OK new con­tract

Austin American-Statesman - - BUSINESS - By David Koenig Amer­i­can

DAL­LAS — Pi­lots at Amer­i­can Air­lines ap­proved a new la­bor con­tract Fri­day, mark­ing a key step in the com­pany’s re­cov­ery from bank­ruptcy and pos­si­bly speed­ing up a merger with US Air­ways.

Amer­i­can CEO Thomas Hor­ton said the com­pany ex­pects to make a de­ci­sion on the merger soon.

Since Amer­i­can and par­ent AMR Corp. filed for bank­ruptcy pro­tec­tion a year ago, Hor­ton has fa­vored the air­line emerg­ing on its own be­fore con­sid­er­ing a merger. But US Air­ways has pushed for a deal sooner — and one that would leave its ex­ec­u­tives in charge.

A com­bi­na­tion of Amer­i­can and US Air­ways might com­pete bet­ter with United Air­lines and Delta Air Lines, which grew into the world’s two big­gest car­ri­ers by ab­sorb­ing other air­lines.

The Al­lied Pi­lots As­so­ci­a­tion an­nounced Fri­day that 74

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