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DALLAS, TX -  FEBRUARY 14:  Doug Parker (L), Chairman and CEO of US Airways, and Thomas Horton, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of American Airlines speak during a news conference to announce the merger of the two airlines February 14, 2013 in Dallas Texas. US Airways and American Airlines have agreed to an $11 billion merger, creating the largest airline in the world. The airline will be called American Airlines and be headed by US Airways CEO Doug Parker.  (Photo by Donna McWilliam/Getty Images

US Airways CEO Doug Parker and American Airlines CEO Thomas Horton speak during a news conference to announce the merger of the two airlines on February 14, 2013 in Dallas, Texas. (credit: Donna McWilliam/Getty Images)

DALLAS (AP) - The attorney general of Texas and counterparts in other states joined a U.S. Department of Justice review of the proposed merger between American Airlines and US Airways.

A spokesman for Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott says that Texas and 18 other states entered the federal antitrust review. He declined further comment.

The companies announced in February that they planned to merge in a deal that would create the biggest airline in the world.

Members of Congress have raised concern that if combined, American and US Airways would control about 70 percent of the takeoff and landing slots at Reagan National Airport outside Washington, D.C.

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