American Airlines and US Airways have confirmed plans for their merger. In future the American Airlines name will be used to cover all flights, and will make the resulting airline the largest in the world.
The merger will allow American Airlines to re-brand and to improve their service and marketing, making changes to their offerings. People that make regular business flights with either existing airline are currently being promised that frequent flyer and reward programmes will remain without negative change. Currently, American Airlines have their AAdvantage program which is the largest loyalty program in the world, and rewards business travellers for the miles they fly with priority boarding or seat upgrades amongst other benefits. US Airways currently have their Dividend Miles system, though rewards take longer to accumulate under their system.
American Airlines are promising an exceptional business flight service, with 56 countries covered. The new American Airlines will offer more than 6,500 flights each day, to more than 330 destinations. US Airways shareholders will own 28% of the resulting company, whilst American Airlines shareholders will own the 72% majority. US Airways’ CEO Doug Parker will be CEO of the new American Airlines, and many other members of the US Airways management team will retain their current positions. The American Airlines headquarters at Fort Worth in Texas will be the consolidated HQ of the new American Airlines.
There are expectations that increased air fares and ticket prices will be a result of the merger, despite a promise by American Airlines and US Airways that competition from other airlines will ensure that their prices are kept in check. If prices do increase, then it’s important to remember that you can save money on your American Airlines flights by booking with Experfly. Contact a travel expert at Experfly today, and ensure that you’re not paying more than you need to for your business class and first class flight tickets.
This was posted in 2013, some information may now be dated.