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USAIR FILES FORMAL COMMENTS WITH DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION ON USAIR/BRITISH AIRWAYS ALLIANCE

Filing Supported by Thousands of Favorable Letters from Cities,
 Congressional Leaders, Travel Agents, Chambers, Individuals
 ARLINGTON, Va., Nov. 27 ~PRNewswire~ -- USAir today filed its formal comments with the Department of Transportation urging approval of the USAir~British Airways Alliance. USAir emphasized that the proposed BA investment of $750 million in unsecured equity in USAir will enable USAir to continue as a strong competitor in the U.S. airline market and reach its goal of becoming part of a global airline alliance.
 The USAir filing is supported by thousands of favorable letters from communities, chambers of commerce, members of Congress, travel agents and individuals who have written to say they want approval of the alliance by DOT.
 The filing said USAir is a U.S. citizen today and will be a stronger citizen because of the British Airways investment and alliance. USAir said the BA investment is consistent with U.S. law and that USAir's management will remain in full control of USAir's day-to-day operations.
 Responding to the intense opposition of American, Delta and United Airlines, USAir pointed out that "the Big Three oppose USAir's future, not the makeup of its board of directors." What this case is really about, said USAir, is keeping USAir a strong competitor against the Big Three and preserving the 47,000 jobs of its employees.
 USAir also pointed out that the bilateral aviation agreement between the United States and the United Kingdom is not related legally or logically to the issue of citizenship and should not be linked. The transaction is fully consistent with the existing agreement and requires no grant to British Airways of new operating rights.
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