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Will United risk labor warfare?(Brief Article)

United Airlines confirmed an inter- est in acquiring America West Airlines, the ninth-largest U.S. Malur and one that also makes its home out west, with hubs at Phoenix and Las Vegas. However. [Al Corp. has several hurdles to overcome to do a deal: Continental Airlines has right of first refusal to acquire America West and CO Chairman and CEO Gordon Bethune has stated that United's chances of getting the carrier are closer to zero than they are to any other number.

Also, Uniteds pilot and machinist unions must approve any deal and America West's contentious labor history--including the possibility of a flight attendant strike this monthusuggests an uphill battle. …

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