U.S. Airways, AMR complete share sales

ATLANTA/NEW YORK Mon Sep 28, 2009 6:57pm EDT

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ATLANTA/NEW YORK (Reuters) - AMR Corp's AMR.N American Airlines said on Monday that its share sale generated $400 million, while US Airways Group Inc LCC.N raised $137.3 million in net proceeds from its share sale after fees and costs.

Fort Worth, Texas-based American said it issued about 48.49 million common shares at $8.25 a share, while Tempe, Arizona-based US Airways said it issued about 29.02 million common shares at $4.75 a share.

The proceeds would be used for general corporate purposes, US Airways said. Citigroup, the underwriter of US Airways's offering, exercised its over-allotment option to buy an additional 2.7 million shares.

Some U.S. airlines have sold shares, debt or both in recent weeks to shore up their liquidity positions.

The closing of both share offerings was announced after the bell on Monday. US Airways shares fell 2 cents to $4.94 on the New York Stock Exchange. American also lost 2 cents and traded at $8.

American also completed the sale of $460 million in 6.25 convertible senior notes due 2014. The notes can be converted into common shares at any point before the maturity date of Oct 15, 2014.

(Reporting by Karen Jacobs and Deepa Seetharaman; Editing by Andre Grenon, Bernard Orr; editing by Carol Bishopric)

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