Doug Parker talks 2015 AA-US merger timeline in Washington, D.C.

American Airlines Merger - Free UpgradesDuring a luncheon address in Washington, D.C., Doug Parker, CEO of American Airlines, cited these merger achievements:

  1. American and US Airways have created the world’s largest code-sharing arrangement;
  2. US Airways has joined the Oneworld airline alliance, of which American is a founder and leading member;
  3. US Airways has joined the alliance of American, British Airways, Iberia and Finnair on flights, scheduling and marketing across the North Atlantic;
  4. American has “rebanked” its Miami hub in August, with Chicago and Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport to undergo the same schedule revamp next year. Rebanking means timing flights to arrive together more closely;
  5. American has begun construction of a new operations center in Fort Worth;
  6. US Airways and American have located their facilities together at 80 airports;
  7. American and unions are negotiating for new contracts covering workers from both carriers;
  8. Cargo of US Airways and American will be fully integrated in October; and
  9. “And, oh yeah, we’re producing record profits.”

Parker noted that American and US Airways have to combine 700 different systems. Parker gave the following (estimated) timetable on the biggest system integrations:

  • Early 2015 –American’s AAdvantage and US Airways’ Dividend frequent-flier programs will be combined.
  • By mid 2015 – American and US Airways will have a single operating certificate from the Federal Aviation Administration.
  • By late 2015 – American and US Airways will have a single reservations system.


Source: Dallas Morning News, Terry Maxon

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