U.S. legacy carriers may be at fault for the depressingly low level of consumer confidence and restrictive legislation currently bulldozing through Congress, but even the most disgruntled opponent has to admire the skill and speed with which they are pushing through substantial merger agreements. The latest, and possibly greatest, example of this is the U.S. Justice Department’s recent tacit approval of United Airlines’ roughly $3.2-billion merger with its Houston-based alliance partner, ...

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