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American and US Airways to Merge, Combined Company to be World’s Largest Airline

American and US Airways to Merge, Combined Company to be World’s Largest Airline

Merged Airline to Keep American Name, Stay in Oneworld Alliance
The boards of directors of AMR, the parent of American Airlines, and US Airways separately voted today to approve a merger that will create the world’s largest airline.  The formal announcement is scheduled for tomorrow, at which time a plan outlining the details of the deal will be filed with the U.S Bankruptcy Court in New York that is overseeing American’s …

Will the Airline Industry Soar After Consolidation?

Will the Airline Industry Soar After Consolidation?

If American Airlines does merge with its smaller rival, a move that could be announced this week, it will mark the end of a decade of consolidation in the airline industry both in the U.S. and abroad.
The $10 billion deal will conclude an era that began with American’s acquisition of TWA in 2001 and deals that include America West-US Air, Delta-Northwest, United-Continental, and Southwest-AirTran.  In Europe, Air France merged with …

American, US Airways Boards to Meet, May Announce Merger This Week

American, US Airways Boards to Meet, May Announce Merger This Week

Following months of negotiations, the boards of AMR, the parent of American Airlines, and US Airways are set to meet on Wednesday to consider a merger that would result in the world’s largest airline.
Depending on the outcome of the meetings and the resolution of some points that are still being negotiated, the merger could be announced as early as Thursday.  The merger itself would serve as the reorganization plan for …

Dallas/Fort Worth Airport to Offer Customer Rewards Program

Dallas/Fort Worth Airport to Offer Customer Rewards Program

Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport has announced that it will launch a new customer loyalty program in June of this year.  The DFW Customer Rewards Program will allow travelers to earn miles for in-airport purchases.
To earn airline miles, program members simply need to make a qualifying purchase at the airport.  Qualifying purchases will include parking, restaurant and retail outlets, services, and airport hotels.
The program is being administered in partnership with Thanks …

American-US Airways Merger: What Frequent Fliers Need to Know

American-US Airways Merger: What Frequent Fliers Need to Know

Media reports indicate that merger negotiations between American Airlines and US Airways are in their final stages and that an announcement could be forthcoming in the next few weeks.  If a deal is reached and a merger is consummated, the combined airline would have a market cap of over $10 billion and would become the largest U.S. carrier by traffic, ahead of United Airlines and Delta.
What would the impact of …

Lobby Bar – February 1: Village People, Operatic Airline Mergers, and Shiny New Planes

Lobby Bar – February 1: Village People, Operatic Airline Mergers, and Shiny New Planes

The Lobby Bar – A Weekly Summary of Frequent Business Traveler News and Views
Third time’s the charm.  Jonathan Spira didn’t have great luck with two recent new airplane launch flights.  See how he fares with American’s brand new Boeing 777-300ER.
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Zoom. Zoom. Zoom.   Paul Riegler spends a week with the …

Pace Quickens on American-US Airways Merger Negotiations

Pace Quickens on American-US Airways Merger Negotiations

Negotiations between American Airlines and US Airways about a merger that would create the world’s largest airline are progressing according to multiple reports.
The talks center around who would run the company should a merger take place and financial terms, specifically what percentage American’s creditors and US Airways shareholders would receive.
Neither issue is close to resolution and both are key issues that need to be resolved before a merger announcement could …