US Airways shareholders meet Friday to vote on American merger

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US Airways shareholders will meet Friday morning to vote on the carrier’s proposed merger with American Airlines’ parent company, AMR Corp.

The meeting will be held at 8 a.m. CDT at the law offices of Latham & Watkins in New York. If shareholders approve the $11 billion merger, as expected, the carriers will be one step closer to combining.

The merger, announced in February, still needs approval from the Justice Department. Nineteen attorneys general, led by Greg Abbott of Texas, have joined the antitrust review of the deal over concern that their states may lose air service or hubs with the merger.

In another development, more executive positions were filled at the combined American Airlines-US Airways on Thursday.

John McDonald, US Airways’ vice president of corporate communications, will keep his position at the new carrier once the merger closes, expected later this year. Cindy Fiedelman, American’s vice president of people and diversity, will also remain in her position.

As a result, Andy Backover, American’s current vice president of corporate communications, and Ryan Price, US Airways’ vice president of people, will depart.

Both agreed to stay on during the transition, employees were told in a letter from Elise Eberwein, who will be the executive vice president of people and communications after the merger.

“As we build this new department, there is ample opportunity before us to connect with our co-workers, build programs that support their needs, and foster a culture of servant leadership,” Eberwein said in a note to employees.

“And we get to do all of this with open and transparent two-way communication as the cornerstone.”

Andrea Ahles, 817-390-7631 Twitter: @Sky_Talk

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