FAA: United and Continental Now One Airline
As of today, thanks to Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approval for a single operating certificate, United Airlines and Continental Airlines flights will simply be “United,” at least as far as air traffic controllers are concerned.
In terms of passenger operations, such as selling tickets and accessing Web sites, the airlines will continue to operate as two entities until a single platform is deployed in the first quarter of 2012.
United and Continental first announced their merger in May of 2010 and the transaction closed the following October. The two carriers had to align operating policies and procedures from the two airlines in order to obtain the single operating certificate from the FAA and the process took 18 months.
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