The statement did not represent an endorsement of the merger, but it did draw a contrast between China's support for its three global carriers and the United States' lack of support for a policy that would enable the existence of three global competitors. "What bothers me is that the DOJ relies on the assumption that American can compete as a standalone," Glading said. "Nobody else shares that view."

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

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