Federal judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly has set a November 25 date for the American Airlines-US Airways anti-trust suit.
The date is closer to the early November trial schedule the carriers had requested. The Department of Justice, who filed the suit to stop the merger because of anti-trust issues, had asked the judge to consider a March 3, 2014 date.
In a joint statement, the airlines said they were eager to try their case in court.
"We are pleased to have a trial date that will enable us to resolve this litigation in a reasonable timeframe," the airlines said. "We want the opportunity to compete together to enhance competition with the largest airlines in the U.S. – United, Delta and Southwest – and a number of fast-growing low-cost carriers."