Joel G. Chefitz was quoted in a November 15 article published by the Chicago Tribune regarding rumors of a possible merger between United Airlines and Delta Air Lines. A major shareholder of both airlines sent a letter urging Delta to pursue a merger with United's parent company, UAL Corp. Although both sides deny that a deal is being negotiated, Mr. Chefitz noted that if the airlines can show that a merger would significantly reduce operating costs in the face of astronomical fuel prices, they would have a very persuasive argument for gaining approval from federal antitrust authorities. "I think the climate for getting an airline merger through right now is a lot better than it was when United failed to acquire US Airways," Mr. Chefitz said. Mr. Chefitz was also quoted in The Providence Journal on November 16.