It is a lot of fun to speculate on a variety of things when it comes to mergers, but the favorite pastime seems to be figuring out what will happen to the route network. Will every hub keep service? Will some go away? Everyone has a different opinion on this, … Read the post
There’s plenty of talk about the American/US Airways merger, but there simply isn’t much at all about what will happen in the regional world. American Eagle remains in limbo. I spoke with Andrew Nocella, SVP of Marketing and Planning for US Airways about what might happen with Eagle, and he … Read the post
The day has finally come. Assuming the feds approve it, American and US Airways are now set to merge forming the real “new” American. You all know that I support this merger. Having come up in this industry under the very same America West team that will now run … Read the post
The big US airlines have reported fourth quarter earnings, so now it’s your turn to play financial analyst. Which one had the best results? Which one had the worst? And while we’re at it, what are you predictions for financial performance in 2013?
Here we are at the end of January and a merger between US Airways and American still has not been announced. This is downright silly since just about every party agrees that it’s the right thing to do. So what’s up? Well, I say “just about” every party, because from … Read the post
The results of the pilot vote at American were released Friday and the tentative agreement was overwhelmingly approved. Does that mean that the pilots are now in love with their management team. Hah, yeah right. This was the last big hurdle to be cleared before the really serious US Airways … Read the post
It’s been awhile since I wrote about the American Airlines bankruptcy, and there’s a good reason for that. Not much has happened. This thing is really proceeding at a snail’s pace and the pilots are a big reason for that. That doesn’t mean things haven’t been happening. It just means … Read the post
American Airlines Merger Possibilities: The Bad and the Worse – Conde Nast Daily Traveler
American says it’s evaluating five different airlines for a merger. Oh please. This has to be a joke, right?
For those who like to continue to point out that a US Airways bid for American in bankruptcy will fail just like the bid for Delta in bankruptcy failed, Friday’s news that the airline had won backing from the American labor unions should finally prove that this is a very … Read the post
If you believed the headlines, you’d think that United had melted down over the weekend when it finally retired its Apollo computer reservation system in favor of a version of Continental’s SHARES system to form one airline from the customer perspective. But the truth was far from that. The incredibly … Read the post
There are a lot of different milestones that can be used to determine when a merger is truly complete. The one I always use is when you can no longer book a flight on both airlines. For United and Continental, that day comes this Saturday.