“American Airlines is one of the world’s most iconic brands,” says Parker. “The combined airline will have the scale, breadth and capabilities to compete more effectively and profitably in the global marketplace. Our combined network will provide a significantly more attractive offering to customers, ensuring that we are always able to take them where they want to travel, when they want to go.”
Parker adds: “I am particularly pleased for the employees of both US Airways and American. This merger will create a stronger company, with the path to improved compensation and benefits and greater long-term opportunities for all our employees.”
The transaction will combine American Airlines’ and US Airways’ complementary flight networks, which American says will result in a highly competitive alternative to other global carriers and a network which will offer superior breadth of schedule to high-value travelers.
The merger partners expect the combined airline to:
● Provide the most service across the East Coast and Central regions of the U.S., including the East Coast shuttle, enhancing the combined carrier’s competitive position;
● Expand its presence and further strengthen the network in the Western U.S.;
● Bolster American’s industry-leading position in Latin America and the Caribbean;
● Enhance connectivity within the oneworld Alliance, including joint businesses with British Airways and Iberia across the Atlantic and with Japan Airlines and Qantas across the Pacific;
● Serve 21 destinations in Europe and the Middle East;
● Maintain the current hubs of both American Airlines and US Airways;
● Improve traffic flows through the existing hubs of both carriers;
● Expand service from those hubs to offer increased service to existing markets and service to new cities;
● Offer innovative initiatives intended to increase comfort and connectivity for all customers; and
● Improve loyalty program benefits through expanded opportunities to earn and redeem miles across the combined network.
American Airlines’ order agreements with Airbus and Boeing, designed to transform the American Airlines fleet over the next four years, will solidify the combined airline’s fleet plan into the next decade. The combined airline is planning to take delivery of more than 600 new aircraft, including 517 narrowbody aircraft and 90 widebody international aircraft.
Most of these aircraft will be equipped with advanced in-seat in-flight entertainment systems offering thousands of hours of programming, in-flight Wi-Fi offering connectivity throughout the world, and Main Cabin Extra seating with four to six inches of additional legroom in the Main Cabin.
The combined carrier’s fleet will also feature premium-class lie-flat seats, all of which will have direct aisle access, on American’s new Boeing 777-300ER aircraft and Airbus 321 transcontinental-service deliveries slated for later this year.
American will also retrofit its existing Boeing 777-200ER and 767-300ER widebodies to include premium-class lie-flat seats, similar to those in US Airways’ Airbus A330 international Envoy business class, in an effort to provide a consistent experience for customers flying on the combined carrier.
Customers will continue to be able to book travel and track and manage flights and frequent flyer activity through AA.com or USAirways.com, and will continue to enjoy all benefits and rewards of the AAdvantage and Dividend Miles frequent flyer programs.
At present, there are no changes to the frequent flyer programs of either airline as a result of the merger agreement. All mileage points in both programs will continue to be honored.
Upon court and creditor approval of the merger, additional information will be provided to customers of both frequent flyer programs on any future program updates, including account consolidation or benefit alignment, according to American.