Judge Sean Lane, who is overseeing AMR Corp.’s Chapter 11 reorganization, today said a decision on the airline’s proposed merger with US Airways could be made in the next few days and likely before the U.S. Thanksgiving holiday on Nov. 28.

Approval, which is expected, will allow the two operators to proceed with their consolidation and unite by their new deadline of mid-December.

The two companies had planned to complete the merger in August, but this was deferred while the companies settled a dispute with the U.S. Justice Department.