Two of America’s biggest airlines, American Airlines and US Airways, are to merge to create a business offering more than 6,700 daily flights to 336 destinations in 56 countries.
The combined airline will operate under the American name and is expected to maintain all hubs currently served by American Airlines and US Airways, resulting in more travel options for customers.
American is a key player in the oneworld Alliance alongside British Airways and Iberia across the Atlantic and with Japan Airlines and Qantas across the Pacific.
The merger partners said the deal would enhance the alliance, creating more options for travel and benefits both domestically and internationally
Both airlines expect that the regional carriers they own – AMR Corporation’s American Eagle and US Airways’ Piedmont and PSA – will continue to operate as distinct entities, providing seamless service to the combined airline. The company will be headquartered in Dallas-Fort Worth and will maintain a significant corporate and operational presence in Phoenix.