Airline merger talk in the US market is expected to cool following US Airways' withdrawal of its offer for Delta Air Lines, particularly with many carriers posting their best earnings since the late 1990s. US's attempt to acquire DL (ATWOnline, Feb. 1) forced other airlines to survey the landscape and explore merger possibilities themselves; American Airlines, Northwest Airlines, Continental Airlines and United Airlines all reportedly hired merger advisers. But with DL and NWA apparently on ...

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