Dallas • American Airlines, US Airways and the U.S. Justice Department say that they have agreed on a mediator to try to settle the government's lawsuit against the airlines' proposed merger.
But if they can't settle, the sides are preparing for a trial scheduled to start Nov. 25.
The CEOs of American parent AMR Corp. and US Airways Group Inc. have said they were open to a settlement that would allow the merger to go ahead, but have declined to discuss details of negotiations.
The airlines and the Justice Department said in a court filing Monday that they have agreed to a mediator suggested by a U.S. district court judge in Washington. They gave no other details.