US-American likely to operate more flights to Asia

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A proposed merged carrier between US Airways and American Airlines would lead to more routes to Asia, but the combined airline is not likely to reach the same scale in Asia as the networks of United Airlines or Delta Air Lines.

US Airways chief executive Doug Parker says there will be more opportunities for the merged airline to operate more flights to Asia. "You will see more of that from us," he says at the J.P. Morgan Aviation, Transportation and Defense Conference in New York today.

However, he added: "Suggesting that we are going to grow the Asia network to United or Delta is not something we are suggesting."

US Airways does not fly to Asia, while American operates to Beijing, Shanghai and both Tokyo Narita and Haneda airports.