The Wall Street Journal reported Friday that Delta, the nation’s second biggest carrier, is considering a bid to buy US Airways.

Does this fall into the “what goes around comes around” category? Or is Delta just messing with US Airways’ mind?

While operating in bankruptcy court, Delta Air Lines had to fight off a Nov. 15, 2006, attempt by US Airways to merge the two carriers. There was a massive “Key Delta My Delta” campaign by Delta and its employees to fight the effort from the smaller rival.

US Airways on Jan. 31, 2007, finally withdrew its offer. Delta, which filed for bankruptcy in September 2005, emerged from Chapter 11 in April 2007 and subsequently merged with Northwest Airlines, which had a September 2005-May 2007 visit to bankruptcy court.

The Journal reported earlier this month that Delta was thinking about whether it should try to buy American Airlines parent AMR, which itself filed for bankruptcy protection Nov. 29, 2011.

“Delta hasn’t yet approached US Airways, the No. 5 U.S. airline, and is still weighing which deal if any would make most sense and have the best odds of success, the people familiar with the matter said,” the WSJ said in Friday’s story.

On Wednesday, US Airways chairman and CEO Doug Parker confirmed that his airline had hired advisors to look into the possibility of doing a deal involving AMR/American.

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