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US Airways CEO talks about new airline's leaders

DALLAS (AP) — The man who will lead American Airlines after a merger with US Airways expects to announce a new management team before closing the deal, and he'll give American's current executives a chance to stay on.

US Airways CEO Doug Parker says, "The reality is some people won't be able to adapt and some people will ... if they won't, we'll make changes."

A video of Parker's comments was posted Wednesday by the union representing American Airlines pilots. He and other US Airways executives spoke to leaders of both airlines' pilot unions last week in Fort Worth, Texas.

The companies announced Feb. 14 that they plan to merge and create the world's biggest airline. The deal hinges on approval by antitrust regulators, the federal judge handling American's bankruptcy case, and shareholders of both companies.

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