August 30, 2013 / 3:54 PM / 5 years ago

November 25 trial date set for U.S. challenge to AMR/US Airways merger

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A federal judge on Friday set a tentative November 25 trial date in the U.S. government challenge to an American Airlines AAMRQA.UL merger with U.S. Airways LCC.N.

A U.S. Airways jet departs Washington's Reagan National Airport next to American Airlines jets outside Washington, February 25, 2013. REUTERS/Larry Downing/Files

The U.S. Justice Department had asked U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly for a March trial. The airlines had been pushing for November because holding a deal together for months puts a strain on the parties. The judge announced the date for a bench trial in open court.

Reporting by David Ingram; Editing by Howard Goller and Kevin Drawbaugh

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