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) -- As it studies whether to pursue a merger with bankrupt



US Airways


has registered some domain names that might come in handy.

Among the domain names, usable as either .com, .net or .org sites, are,,, and half a dozen similar names.

US Airways has bought Web site domain names it could use if it merges with AMR.

The registrations were first reported on Sunday by

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, a news source for the domain name industry. The names were registered through DNStinations, an affiliate of brand protection company



"The purchase of these domain names, along with other potential transaction names, is simply step to ensure others do not use our marks in a way that might negatively impact our brand," US Airways spokeswoman Michelle Mohr says.

US Airways previously disclosed that it has hired advisers to help it assess the potential for a merger with American. "Although it is not imperative that US Airways participate in further consolidation, we are interested in studying potential value-enhancing opportunities, including a possible US Airways-AMR transaction," Mohr says.

-- Written by Ted Reed in Charlotte, N.C.

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