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Airline Pricing Buoyed as AMR Merger May Pare Seats 3.9%

A combination of AMR Corp.’s American Airlines and US Airways Group Inc. promises to strengthen the U.S. industry’s ability to raise fares as the combined carrier eventually cuts back on flying.

Capacity, measured by the number of seats flown a mile, probably would be reduced by 3.9 percent within several years as redundant or underperforming routes are pruned, according to the average estimate of six analysts surveyed by Bloomberg.