Internal messages highlight DOJ's complaint against merger

08/20/2013 | APEX Editor's Blog

One of the reasons why the U.S. Department of Justice opposed the American Airlines merger with US Airways was because the pact would probably lower the quality and variety of ancillary services that legacy carriers offer, the agency said in its lawsuit. Several internal messages between airline executives have been released. "In a 2011 email exchange lamenting the need for US Airways to deploy wireless Internet on all of its airplanes, a senior US Airways executive groused: [N]ext it will be more legroom. Then industry standard labor contracts. Then better wines. Then the ability to book on Facebook. Penultimately, television commercials. Then, finally, we will pay the NYSE an exorbitant fee to change our ticker symbol [from LCC]."

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