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American Airlines Was Shocked by Merger Lawsuit and Home State’s Opposition

Excerpt from Dallas Morning News

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All of the speculation about the weeks leading up to the government’s announcement of its lawsuit won’t be put to rest just yet. This is a fascinating first look at what went on behind the scenes at American when it first heard the news.

— Eliza Ronalds-Hannon

[American Airlines general counsel Gary] Kennedy, speaking Tuesday for the first time since the government’s suit, said American Airlines has no Plan B and will vigorously fight the antitrust lawsuit. Kennedy does not think a settlement is likely…

“I was totally surprised and disappointed with the Texas AG,” he said. “We are a Texas-based company and the new, merged company will be stronger and more influential and still based right here in Texas. I do not understand his position on this at all.”

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