American Airlines and US Airways want a trial in the government’s lawsuit against their proposed merger to start in November, three months sooner than the date picked by federal officials. The airlines estimated the trial would last 10 days, meaning that even if they win, the merger won’t close until late this year.
American parent AMR Corp. had hoped to complete the merger and come out of bankruptcy protection in September. It said in a court filing Thursday that the delay is costing AMR $500,000 a day in professional fees such as lawyers’ bills for its bankruptcy case.
The airlines asked the court for a Nov. 12 trial, while the Justice Department favors a trial starting no sooner than Feb. 10.