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USAIR STATEMENT ON AMERICAN ATTEMPT TO BLOCK ROUTE SALE TO UNITED

 ARLINGTON, Va., April 2 /PRNewswire/ -- USAir today issued the following statement in response to American Airlines' efforts to block the previously announced sale of USAir's Philadelphia-London route authority to United Airlines:
 "American Airlines' actions appear to be an attempt to interfere with our contractual agreement with United Airlines. That agreement is consistent with the letter and spirit of the Department of Transportation's order approving our agreement with British Airways.
 "If American Airlines is truly interested in serving the Philadelphia-London market, there are avenues that it could pursue which would not interfere with the sale of USAir's route authority to United, and with United's use of that authority at Chicago."
 USAir on March 29 agreed to sell its operating authority between Philadelphia and London's Gatwick Airport to United for $14.5 million with the condition that United could obtain governmental approval to transfer the authority to Chicago and operate flights from O'Hare International Airport to London's Heathrow Airport.
 USAir previously committed to divesting its operating authorities between Philadelphia, Baltimore and Charlotte and London's Gatwick Airport as part of its new marketing alliance with British Airways. Service in these markets will continue uninterrupted by British Airways.
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 /CONTACT: USAir Corporate Communications, 703-418-5100/


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