The airline industry has been consolidating in the last few years; airlines have been merging and expanding service at large, hub cities, while reducing or eliminating service at low-traffic airports. Delta Airlines announced their merger with Northwest in 2008, United merged with Continental in 2010, and Southwest purchased AirTran in 2011.
The latest in the recent mergers and acquisitions culture of late has come to pass: American Airlines and US Airways have today officially announced that they will merge, after months of industry speculation. American Airlines, based in Dallas-Ft. Worth, Texas, and US Airways, based in Tempe, Arizona, will both move into American’s Texas headquarters, but will maintain their strong presence in Arizona. US Airways, of the Star Alliance network, will also fold into American’s oneworld alliance, and will assume the American Airlines’ logo and identity, because of its history and brand recognition.
The new American Airlines will be the largest airline in the world by passenger traffic and the number of miles flown by passengers around the world, beating out the current #1, United Continental. US Airway’s Chief Executive Officer Doug Parker and his management team will take operational control of the new airline, and the new airline will also retain American’s famous frequent traveler program, AAdvantage.
The new American Airlines will, combined, offer over 6,700 daily flights to 336 destinations in 56 countries.