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US Airways, American may OK tie-up soon

Merger would create biggest airline in the US

NEW YORK — After months of negotiations, American Airlines and US Airways appear likely to announce a merger this week, which would create the nation’s biggest airline and concentrate even further a once-fragmented industry.

A merger would expand American’s domestic network, particularly in the Northeast and Southwest, and create a more formidable competitor internationally. The combined airline would jump ahead of United Airlines and Delta Air Lines, both of which have grown through mergers of their own in recent years.

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