America West Airlines CEO Doug Parker declined comment yesterday on a report in the Wall Street Journal that the carrier is near to an agreement to merge with bankrupt US Airways. At the same time, Parker refused to rule out the possibility that the Phoenix-based airline may seek a tie-up. "We at America West do believe consolidation of the airline industry is inevitable and we believe America West may eventually play a role in this consolidation. . .As a result of this view, we plan to ...

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