History of the American Airlines and US Airways Merger in Links

American Airlines CEO Tom Horton, left, and US Airways CEO Doug Parker pose for a photo before an airplane model bearing the new American Airlines logo following a press conference announcing the two airlines’ merger in the Terminal D Admiral’s Club at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, Thursday, February 14, 2013 in Texas.

American Airlines Communications worker Andrea Hugely takes a photo of the new American Airlines Boeing 777-300ER at Terminal D at DFW Airport in Euless, Texas, January 31, 2013.

Dozens of flight attendants, pilots and airline union members rallied in front of the Capitol Wednesday, September 18, 2013 in Washington, D.C., in support of a merger that would create the world’s largest airline. The $11 billion union of American Airlines and US Airways is on hold because of a Justice Department antitrust lawsuit filed last month.

American Airlines Chairman, President and CEO Tom Horton announces the planned merger of AMR Corp, the parent of American Airlines, with U.S. Airways at Dallas-Ft Worth International Airport.

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.

American Airlines begins large regional jet flying with Embraer E-175 aircraft.

Scott Shankland, left, of the Allied Pilots Association, Doug Parker of U.S. Air, Tom Horner of American Airlines and Keith Wilson, also of APA, discuss the merger of the two airlines at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, Thursday, February 14, 2013.

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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