Southwest Airlines and JetBlue Airways are both big winners in the auctioning of American Airlines and US Airways slots at Washington Reagan National Airport that the U.S. government required in order for American and US Airways to complete their merger in December.

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US Airways will join the oneworld alliance on March 31, 2014, as a result of the December 9 completion of its merger with alliance founding member American Airlines. All of US Airways’ regional-airline affiliates, operating under the US Airways Express brand, will also transition to oneworld at the same time.

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All board members of AMR Corporation, the parent company of American Airlines, Inc., and US Airways Group, Inc. have unanimously approved a merger agreement for the two companies to combine to create what is likely to be the world’s largest airline.

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At a special meeting held on March 23 in Orlando, more than 98.6 per cent of the votes cast and 77.5 per cent of shares outstanding were voted in favor of the transaction, according to AirTran Holdings, Inc., the parent of AirTran Airways.

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United Airlines’ and Continental Airlines’ respective shareholders voted on September 17 to approve the merger of a wholly owned subsidiary of United’s parent UAL Corporation into Continental, allowing the merger of the two airlines to go ahead by October 1.

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