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BA Seeks American Ties

British Airways is looking to reopen talks with American Airlines about forging a closer working relationship. The new chief executive of BA, Willie Walsh has said that greater co-operation on areas such as ticket pricing and flight scheduling will benefit customers. The carriers already have close ties through their membership of the Oneworld alliance. Previous efforts to create closer links have been hit by US regulators, who said BA and American would have to give up 254 take-off and landing slots at Heathrow in exchange for immunity from anti-trust action.

Mr Walsh did not rule out discussions of a merger but he made it clear that this is a seperate matter and not part of the current agenda.