Commentary: Unfriendly Skies For An Airline Merger

With fickle spring weather snarling flights all over the country, quick takeoffs have hardly been United Airlines' strong suit lately. And now, with his May 23 plan to swallow US Airways Group Inc. for $11.6 billion, UAL Corp. chief James E. Goodwin has launched a deal that may never get off the ground. His problem: really bad timing. He may have picked exactly the wrong moment to try to cement United's market-dominating No. 1 status with what would be the nation's biggest airline deal.

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