Deal or no deal?
That's the big question after conflicting reports this week about the state of merger talks between US Airways and United Airlines.
After The New York Times on Tuesday evening reported that talks had stalled, The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday afternoon that the airlines' chief executives are scheduled to meet today to discuss the merger.
The Times said the potential link-up was on "permanent hold" and never advanced to the final stage. The Journal said the carriers could approach their respective boards within three weeks for the OK to seal the deal.
Both newspapers cited anonymous sources. Both airlines have declined to comment.
The chief executives -- Doug Parker of US Airways and Glenn Tilton of United -- are big boosters of airline consolidation.
Parker led the 2005 merger of America West Airlines with US Airways and launched an unsuccessful bid for Delta Air Lines while that carrier was in bankruptcy in late 2006.
This year, Chicago-based United was widely seen to prefer Continental Airlines as a merger partner. But Continental said in late April that it planned to remain independent, opening the door for Tempe, Ariz.-based US Airways.
US Airways' largest hub is in Charlotte, where it operates more than 80 percent of daily flights.