CHARLOTTE, N.C. TheStreet) -- US Airways (LCC) and its flight attendants have reached a tentative contract deal after five years of talks, potentially removing a barrier to its efforts to complete a merger with bankrupt American (AAMRQ.PK) .
Details of the deal, announced at 1:30 a.m. Friday, have not been released, but flight attendants may have scored an industry-leading contract, sources indicate.
In a brief statement, the US Airways chapter of the Association of Flight Attendants said the deal is expected to "unite the over 6,700 US Airways and former America West Flight Attendants under one contract."
Clearly, US Airways' path to a merger with American is complicated by its inability to merge pilot and flight attendant contracts at the two predecessor airlines following a 2005 merger."There is always some skepticism because
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