American Airlines' position in the U.S.-U.K. aviation discussions was unfairly characterized in "The second battle of Britain" (Up Front, May 15).

American Airlines would like nothing better than to be able to compete across the North Atlantic using our employees and aircraft in the international marketplace. We are not interested in maintaining restrictions. Our preference would be that all carriers compete in an open-skies environment. The recent minideal discussed would do nothing to enhance U.S. carrier competitiveness in the U.K. market. It is for this reason that we oppose the deal.

Edward P. Faberman

Vice-President, Government Affairs

American Airlines

Washington

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