US Air CEO Adamant About Reagan National Slots, Ambivalent on Livery
The new American Airlines may very well keep the new branding that was revealed at the beginning of the year.
On January 17, the airline revealed a new logo and livery which it has since implemented on multiple aircraft and at its new terminal at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport. American announced plans to merge with US Airways on February 14.
Speaking at a U.S. Chamber of Commerce aviation conference Thursday, US Airways CEO Doug Parker, who will run the combined carrier, said that “it may make sense [to keep it],” adding that a decision had yet to be made.
The merger with US Airways, which just received the blessing of the judge presiding over American’s bankruptcy case, still requires the approval of US Airways shareholders and government regulators. The Justice Department is reviewing the deal and could place conditions on the merger, including requiring the merged carrier to give up flight slots at Reagan National Airport in Washington.
Mr. Parker told the audience that the two carriers are still on track to close the deal in the third quarter and that he didn’t expect to have to give up any takeoff or landing slots at Reagan National in order to gain DOJ approval.
While the combined airline would hold 75% of the airport’s slots, it would only amount to 50% of capacity when measured by aircraft seats, pointed out, adding that it “would be really bad policy” if the DOJ stipulated that the airline give up any of the coveted slots.
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