American Airlines and US Airways have just reached a settlement with the U.S. Justice Department to drop its anti-trust lawsuit and permit the two airlines to merge. The merger is scheduled to happen in December. The settlement includes the divestiture of slots at major airports such as Washington-Reagan and New York-LaGaurdia.

We’ve covered the story closely since the first whisperings of a merger and chronicled the February 14 merger announcement on our liveblog.

The 20 most important moments, in what was hoped to be a seamless merger, are outlined below in reverse chronological order:


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Photo credit: Pilots from both airlines gather for a photo with Doug Parker, left, of U.S. Airways and Tom Horton of American Airlines after the announcement of the airlines' merger during a news conference at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, Thursday, February 14, 2013. 107623 / 107623

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