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The process finally looks like it's wrapping up, as the combined carrier just announced when AirTran will be disappearing once and for all. Luckily there's still a few more months to slip AirTran safety cards before the brand says sayonara.
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The merger of American Airlines and US Airways to create the largest airline the world may have officially taken place on December 9, 2013, but today is almost more of a big deal for frequent flyers of either airline.
January 7, 2014 will go down in the new merged airline's history for two reasons:
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With over 600 US Airways planes now a part of the "new American Airlines," it's time to head to the paint shop. But how to paint the planes now that the two airlines are one and have a chance at a fresh rebrand? This is the question right as the CEO of the merged airline, former US Airways CEO Doug Parker, asks employees: "...now that we have merged, are we going to keep the new American livery, or are we going to do something different?"
Although the decision is an internal one, that hasn't stopped both AA and US from opening it up to public comment. Yesterday evening, US Airways posted the above image of options to their Instagram. American also shared it to their Facebook page, garnering almost 6,500 likes and 10,800 comments as of this morning.
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Happy American Airlines-US Airways merger day!
This date, December 9, 2013, will absolutely go down in the aviation and business history books as creating yet another largest airline in the world, but that doesn't mean all details are decided.
Even though today marks the beginning of the combined airline, there's still much in limbo. For example, what will the airplane interiors become and how soon will the slacking US Airways fleet catch up with American in terms of in-flight WiFi and other onboard tech? Still, there are some integral things you can know for sure right now:
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6,700 flights daily to 336 destinations in 56 countries with around 952 aircraft...and counting. This is the new American Airlines as it exists, starting today, thanks to the merger with US Airways. These numbers officially bump AA up to the kingly level of "largest airline in the world."
Of course the taking of a title means there's another airline that can no longer claim the same. Today, American has kicked United off the pedestal for largest airline, but even they didn't reign all that long. Here's a recent history of the "world's largest airline" title:
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An early Christmas present arrived at the hearth of American Airlines and US Airways this morning, as the Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division reached a settlement with the airlines towards the completion of their desired merger.
Although this does not yet mean the two airlines are one, it does mean they can continue on the path to become so and, perhaps even by the end of 2013, reach this goal. Here's what you need to know about the settlement:
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The announcement everyone expected came this morning, Valentine's Day, as American and US declared their love for each other and decided to make two become one. The merger will take some time, of course, but a few facts are clear right now:
· The name and branding of the merger airline will say American Airlines, falling right now under their #newAmerican campaign
· The CEO will be Doug Parker, current CEO of US Airways. American's CEO Tom Horton will become Chairman of the Board of the airline.
· The combined operating certificate is expected for the third quarter of 2013
· Once everything is said and done, the new American Airlnes will be the largest airline in the world by passenger volume and fleet size, though United will still beat them by sheer number of destinations served (United's around
We’ve been following on the on again off again relationship between American Airlines and US Airways for quite some time. However, the latest from the airline industry rumor mil indicates that this might be the last weekend where the two carriers will remain as singles. We’re not sure if some kind of airplane bachelor—or bachelorette—party is planned, but both carriers have plenty of flights in and out of Las Vegas—ha.
Anyway, if the stories are believed to be true it should only be a matter of a few days before we hear about the plans for US Airways and American Airlines to finally shack up and to create one big happy airline family. They’ve got the new look, so now all they have to do is figure out pretty much everything else.
If you were thinking that you needed to get a gift for both American Airlines and US Airways this holiday season—we’ve got good news—you might only need to get them one combo gift. The on-again-off-again merger rumors seem to be heating up once again, and it seems like it’s more likely than ever to finally take shape. Things can obviously change and any merger will take some time to finalize and complete, but here’s what it’s looking like this week.
Pilots over at American Airlines are totally cool with a new contract, and that’s just one step that could eventually get them onboard with a potential merger. We won’t go into all the details about what they’ve agreed to it, but they’re getting raises and the new contract should keep salaries safe no matter what happens.
Financial things aren’t going that well over in Greece, and now it looks like the crisis is moving towards the airline industry. One airline isn’t exactly rolling in the euros—or drachmas—and there’s another looking to step in and gobble them up.
In this case, Aegean Airlines has the upper hand and now they are ready to make a move to combine with their rivals over at Olympic Air. This is the second time the two airlines have kind of moved towards getting warm and cozy with one another, but back in 2010 officials in Europe thought that the canoodling wasn’t good for competition. They've of different opinions now.
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It isn't often we see airline balance sheets so much in the black that they can acquire entire other airlines at the drop of a hat. Except that's exactly how things played out for AirAsia last week when it went to the ATM and bought its competitor, Batavia Air.
What the Kuala Lumpur-based AirAsia did was fork over $80 million cash for the Jakarta-based Batavia. $80 million. In big ballin' bills. Yep, no interest rates, no late payment fees...cash.
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Not that long ago we discussed the city of Houston’s plan to develop the city’s smaller airport into a true international hub. That didn’t sit too well with United—they’re pretty darn happy over at the George Bush Intercontinental Airport—and they put up a stink.