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US Airways Group.(North America Report)(Brief Article)

US Airways Group's fight for survival will get a bit harder beginning in May when Southwest Airlines launches service to Pittsburgh International Airport, the bankrupt carrier's third hub. Yet US Airways is making tangible progress in achieving a cost structure that management believes will make it possible to resist further LCC incursions and begin to fight back.

On Jan. 6, the carrier received permission to reject the collective bargaining agreements for the airline's mechanics and related workers, who are represented by the International Assn. of Machinists, and to terminate the groups' defined pension plans. The court did agree to allow the union to send the company's final offers out to the work groups for ratification votes, but said they must be completed by Jan. …

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