Right now American Airlines is enjoying some special rights after filling for bankruptcy protection, meaning that other companies—and carriers—can’t bother them until they get all their ducks in a row. That type of protection ends later this year, at which time we wouldn’t be surprised to see US Airways get a little more aggressive towards making the two become one.
For now the carriers remain totally separate. Obviously Uncle Sam and his regulatory buddies would have to approve any planned merger or purchase, so there’s still plenty of factors that could mess up any future airline wedding plans. You know we’ll keep you up to date, but, even if things move quickly, we wouldn’t expect any changes as far as operations or passengers are concerned until next year at the very earliest.