American Airlines' parent company AMR Corporation filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in late 2011 in the hopes of reorganizing its debts, ditching some obligations, and putting itself in a strong position for future profitability. Last year, US Airways Group, Inc., indicated it was interested in merging with American, which would have to be approved by the bankruptcy court.
The Great Recession, or perhaps the federal sequester, has forced the U.S. Trustee Program to indefinitely suspend the audits it is required to perform on Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 personal bankruptcy cases. The audits are required by the 2005 bankruptcy reform law called the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act, but apparently even bankruptcy trustees can't keep things going without money.