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American Airlines poised to file reorganization plan

DALLAS — American Airlines is about to spell out its plan for emerging from bankruptcy protection after merging with US Airways.

US Airways Group, whose chief executive will run the combined company, said in a message to employees that American was expected to file its reorganization plan later Monday in federal bankruptcy court in New York. American confirmed the report.

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‘‘With these materials filed, we are one step closer to completing the merger, which we expect to occur in the third quarter of this year,’’ US Airways officials said in the memo.

The bankruptcy court has already signaled approval for the merger, which would create the world’s largest airline. The deal faces only a few more hurdles, including approval from the Justice Department and US Airways shareholders.

American parent AMR Corp. will have 60 days to win support among creditors for its reorganization plan. Major creditors were closely involved in negotiations leading to the merger announcement in February, so it seems unlikely that they would derail the plan that will be considered by US Bankruptcy Judge Sean Lane.

It’s less clear whether antitrust regulators in the Justice Department will impose major conditions on the deal.

The Justice Department could require the American-US Airways combination to give up takeoff and landing slots at Washington’s busy Reagan National Airport and possibly slots in New York too.

The combined airline is expected to operate more than 6,000 flights a day and have about 100,000 employees.

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