US Airways chief executive Doug Parker said he expects the Department of Justice to ask for a later trial date in the anti-trust lawsuit filed to the stop the merger between US Airways and American Airlines.
"We are eager to get to court so that we can make our case and explain exactly how this merger enhances competition across the US and the globe, and begin creating the new American Airlines as soon as possible," Parker said in a letter to employees on Thursday.
Parker noted that federal district judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly will ultimately decide on a trial date.
Keep reading for the full letter from Parker.
Dear US Airways Employees,
Together with American Airlines, we just filed a motion with the US District Court requesting a November 12, 2013 trial date to hear the complaint by the Department of Justice (DOJ) attempting to block our proposed merger. We are eager to get to court so that we can make our case and explain exactly how this merger enhances competition across the US and the globe, and begin creating the new American Airlines as soon as possible. The DOJ will now respond with a similar filing requesting a later trial date. Ultimately it will be up to the judge to decide on the schedule. Along with our colleagues at American Airlines, we are looking forward to proving in a Court what all of us have known all along – that this merger is good for competition and as a result, extremely good for consumers.
I also want to take this opportunity to thank the employees of US Airways and American who have reached out with encouragement and support since last week’s announcement by the DOJ. I have been invigorated by the outpouring of emails and by those of you that have gone out of your way to stop me in airports to say “go get ‘em” and explain how important this merger is to you and your families. We know that all the employees of US Airways and American desire is a chance to better compete with Delta, United, Southwest and the rest of this industry. We are committed to make that happen.
We also know all of you want to help. In the coming weeks, we will provide more information on how US Airways and American employees can best support this effort. For now, we have complete confidence in our Court system and expect that we will have a quick and fair opportunity to make our very compelling case. We, like you, are looking forward to that opportunity.
As we have said before, we are mounting a vigorous and strong offense in federal court in order to bring our airlines and talented team members together as the new American. The facts support us, and we are quite confident in our quest to become the new American. Thank you again for all you are doing in support of that effort. Thanks also for what you do every day to take care of our customers. We are running a terrific and reliable operation thanks to you, and I know we will continue to do so as we close out the busy summer travel season. Along with our colleagues at American, we look forward to the day when we will stand together. Thank you so much for your support.