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For so many years, the often-heard excuse for poor experiences aboard airlines was always about money. Why did they stop serving food? Why are there more seats on board? Why have routes disappeared? Why are they charging for bags? It was because the airlines were poor, or about to be poor, and were doing the best they can to make ends meet.
According to the Dallas Morning News, American Airlines made a profit of $1.2 billion in the first quarter of 2015, crushing its previous first quarter profit record of $480 million. In January, USA Today provided more details about airlines' soaring stock prices and historic 2014 profits.
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US Airways' 767-200s have finished flying.
And planes painted in US Airways' flag livery are taking turns in the paint shop, emerging with AA's shiny #newAmerican stripes.
Next up on the laundry list of to-dos before the merger completes is to close up US Airways' frequent flyer program, Dividend Miles. Think of it as "spring cleaning" for AA, as the process is in full swing right now.
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Let us bow our heads and take a moment to remember the life of the US Airways twitter account which, over the weekend, tweeted its final tweet.
As part of the ongoing merger with ongoing merger with American Airlines, US Airways’ planes, crew, reservations systems, frequent flyer programs, andyessocial media streams will be folded into AA. February 28 just happened to be the date they chose to be unified under one Twitter account.
So, what does this mean for travelers?
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Way, way back in 2010, a Jaunted writer asked the question, as part of a rant, "US Airways, do they still even exist?"
Five years later and we can only answer that with "well, kinda."
The airline known as US Airways continues to merge with American Airlines and flew its final 767-200 revenue flight yesterday, from Philadelphia to Charlotte. This is but the first of many lasts for US Airways, and indeed we've already seen US Airways planes fully painted in the #newAmerican colors out on the tarmac.
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We've known for a long time that American and US Airways were planning on merging their frequent flier programs. This week, new details were released regarding how the programs will be integrated. Here's what AAdvantage and US Dividend Miles members need to know going forward:
· The two frequent flier programs will merge in the second quarter of 2015. You can see a full timeline here.
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