American, US Airways win November trial date for antitrust case

|By:, SA News Editor

A federal judge sets a Nov. 25 trial date for the Justice Department's antitrust challenge to US Airways' (LCC) proposed merger with American Airlines (AAMRQ.PK).

The airlines had pressed for an early trial, citing "steep costs and burdens" associated with the uncertainty over their future, while the government wanted a March start.

Today's hearing gave some hints about how the sides are preparing for the trial: US Airways and American likely will argue the merger would allow them to shore up weaknesses in their networks that make them less attractive to business travelers.