It was a Valentine’s Day pact of the unlikeliest pair of lovers. On Feb. 14, after months of “will they, won’t they?” and considerable wooing by the smaller of the larger, US Airways and American Airlines announced it was official. The board of directors of both companies had unanimously approved a merger that would create the world’s largest airline. Assuming antitrust regulatory approval, it is anticipated that during the third quarter, the “new ...

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