by Michael J. Shapiro | August 28, 2013
American Airlines and US Airways, in response to the lawsuit filed by the U.S. Department of Justice regarding the carriers' intended merger, filed a motion on Thursday requesting a trial date of Nov. 12, 2013. In the motion, the airlines allege that the DOJ request for 180 days, especially with one of the parties in bankruptcy, would be unprecedented and unreasonable. According to the motion, in merger cases since 2001 the average time from the DOJ's complaint until trial is 70 days. "We are eager to show that the DOJ's action would deny millions of customers access to a more competitive airline that will offer customers what they want, delivering significant benefits to consumers, communities and employees," said US Airways chairman and CEO Doug Parker, the intended CEO of the combined company. "We are committed to resolving this litigation and, if necessary, will pursue all legal options in order to achieve this merger."