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Big Airline Merger Could Be In The Works

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Big Airline Merger Could Be In The Works

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Big Airline Merger Could Be In The Works

Big Airline Merger Could Be In The Works

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The CEOs of United Airlines and US Airways reportedly are talking again about joining forces. Both airlines have been shrinking to cope with the recession. If they merge, they would create the nation's second-largest air carrier.

STEVE INSKEEP, host:

NPR's business news starts with a possible merger between United and U.S. Airways.

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INSKEEP: The CEOs of United and U.S. Airways are talking again about joining forces. United brings its Pacific roots to the table along with five domestic hubs. U.S. Airways is strong on the east coast. Both of those airlines have been shrinking to cope with the economic downturn of recent years. If they were to merge now, they would create the nation's second-largest air carrier. Delta became the world's largest airline after joining forces with Northwest in 2008.

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