I was thinking the other day, and came up with an interesting way that US Airways and United Airlines could get around the US Justice Department's ban on a merger of the two...
Assuming US Airways joins Star Alliance, which is very likely to happen next year, all of the current member airlines could purchase a stake in US Airways, as is fairly common with alliances. All of those 14 airlines combined would own a pretty hefty share of US, and since UA is in the country, they could get a larger stake than the others. Then all of the members could sell their shares to UA, buy more, do the same, and eventually get United to own more than 50% of US Airways, and then United could integrate US into their system. In my opinion, our government is stupid enough not to notice or simply look the other way while this occured.
I am a huge US Airways fan, as evidenced by my nick, and definately do not want to see US get swallowed up by United, but I view this as something that could possibly happen. What do you guys think?