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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

UAL Eyes America West

CHICAGO -- UAL Corp.'s United Airlines has confirmed that it is in talks to acquire America West Airlines, the United States' ninth-largest carrier.

United Airlines, the country's largest carrier, expressed its intentions in a statement. UAL spokesman Andy Plews would not elaborate.

America West Holdings Corp., the parent of America West, issued a separate statement Wednesday saying it has been contacted by a number of airlines expressing interest in a possible deal, ranging from a strategic alliance to a merger or similar business combination.

America West did not identify the airlines and said it would have no additional comment.