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American Airlines/ US Airways merger

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American Airlines/ US Airways merger

Hi All

Just announced in Washington post.

Happening thursday

Jim

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1. Re: American Airlines/ US Airways merger

They should drop both names and use...TWA.

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2. Re: American Airlines/ US Airways merger

Well this was a long time coming

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3. Re: American Airlines/ US Airways merger

>> They should drop both names and use...TWA. <<

I was thinking American West Airways. :)

Here's the link - washingtonpost.com/local/trafficandcommuting…

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4. Re: American Airlines/ US Airways merger

Higher prices indeed.

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5. Re: American Airlines/ US Airways merger

Just a quick reminder as to how long these mergers take. Here's the rough timeline of United/Continental merger.

1) May 2010 - Announcement of proposed merger, subject to regulatory approval.

2) October 1st 2010 - Merger closes. Airlines continue to operate separately (though they code share).

3) December 2011 - Single Operating Certificate granted by the FAA.

4) March 3rd 2012 - Merger of reservation system, frequent flyer program. Airline fully operates as one (passenger facing).

5) March-September 2012 - Chaos as problems hit with the reservation system, and delays as the airline cross fleets into each other's hubs with insufficient maintenance cover (the "merger mechanicals").

6) Not yet resolved (although progress made) - Single pilot contract and single FA contract. So the two groups still fly their airlines' former aircraft only.

So it's likely to take the best part of 2 years before you see a truly merged American from the customer perspective, and a further 6 months for issues to be ironed out and a stable unified carrier.

Remember too that issue (6) still hasn't been resolved within the last US Airways merger; the ex-America West and pm-USAir crews are still on separate contracts. Throw a third set of crew (AA) into the mix and ...... well wait.

Edited: 2:19 am, February 14, 2013
Manchester
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6. Re: American Airlines/ US Airways merger

Will all these mergers mean higher prices with less competition it doesn't seem that long since united and continental merged too but that was a good while ago now, hope they dont have the same computer problems.

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7. Re: American Airlines/ US Airways merger

Less competition will invariably lead to higher prices if you travel long haul, your only real chance of getting a seat at a reasonable cost is by starting the long haul portion of your journey from a low or zero Air Passenger Duty country-LHR are putting up the landing fees it charges airlines in 2014 onwards to improve the "passenger experience" so us sassanachs in the soft south could be heading for a perfect storm-can see places like Amsterdam and Dublin doing quite well out of this

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8. Re: American Airlines/ US Airways merger

The deal has more hoops to go through before it is final!

The bankruptcy court and the US govt. have to agree that it is OK.

They probably will but it won't affect flights yet for a while.

They say they will keep their routes and hubs because there is little overlap sooo we'll all have to wait and see . HIstorically , according to CNBC these mergers have not led to much higher fares domestically because of the low cost carriers like Southwest . I don't know how it will affect international flights!!

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9. Re: American Airlines/ US Airways merger

Just seen it on CNN and theyre saying that it will mean higher fares because of less competition.

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10. Re: American Airlines/ US Airways merger

>> Just seen it on CNN and theyre saying that it will mean higher fares because of less competition. <<

AA and US really don't compete on very many routes at the moment, so I'm skeptical of all the "this will raise prices" blather. Lots of things lead to increases in airfares, the cost of oil being the big dog.