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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.
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United has been getting a bad rap lately with bucket loads of complaints from passengers and frequent flyers who are not. happy. with the 'new' United. Obviously, there will be some teething pains to get through after a major merger of 2 airlines, but United execs surely didn't think it was going to be as rocky as it turned out to be.
Well, the airline has come to the rescue with a way to tell them just how good a job they're doing and you'll find it in their smartphone app, of course. The hidden gem is in the MORE section located a few options down, where you'll spot "Outperform Recognition."
All right, we’ll admit that we don’t exactly know what’s going on with US Airways and American Airlines. It seems like one day the two airlines are all hot and heavy for one another, and the next day the relationship has turned a tad cold and sour. This week, the two airline lovers have been talking and texting once again, and American Airlines may be interested in continuing this type of relationship.
Late last week American Airlines said that they would consider merger opportunities with the friendly folks over at US Airways. This is kind of the first time they’ve admitted it, so we’ll see how things shake out moving forward.
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We all know that bmi ownership has changed hands from Lufthansa to IAG, the parent company to British Aiways and Iberia. When the merger is complete, bmi will be no more, a casualty in the battle that is the European aviation industry. But first, we bid a fond adieu to bmi's low-cost little brother, bmi baby.
With all the necessary signatures put to paper, IAG is starting to figure out the best way to combine operations and surge to airline dominance. The baby painted planes are the first ones to get the axe and it's all happening very quickly.