AMR explores merger ties

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AMR Corp, the parent of American Airlines, has been weighing the advantages and disadvantages of a merger with one of five rival carriers, Delta Air Lines, JetBlue, US Airways, Alaska Air, Frontier Airlines and Virgin America.

None of the potential merger partners have publicly indicated that they would be keen to carry out such a deal with AMR, although Frontier Airlines has been put on the market by Republic Airways Holdings. A deal between AMR and Delta may run into competition issues.

AMR announced on July 10, that it will formally gauge interest from prospective partners regarding deals this month. A merger would have to be considered alongside a stand-alone restructuring proposal which AMR is developing with its bondholders and unions.

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