Merger of American Airlines and U.S. Airways Complete
AMR Corporation and U.S. Airways Group, Inc. today announced the completion of their merger to officially form American Airlines Group Inc. and begin building the new American Airlines.
The new American Airlines has a global network with nearly 6,700 daily flights to more than 330 destinations in more than 50 countries, and more than 100,000 employees worldwide.
According to a joint press release, U.S. Airways will exit the Star Alliance on March 30, 2014 and will immediately enter the oneworld Alliance on March 31, 2014.
"Our people, our customers and the communities we serve around the world have been anticipating the arrival of the new American," said Doug Parker, CEO of American Airlines. "We are taking the best of both U.S. Airways and American Airlines to create a formidable competitor, better positioned to deliver for all of our stakeholders. We look forward to integrating our companies quickly and efficiently so the significant benefits of the merger can be realized."
Although American and U.S. Airways have come together as one company, the process to achieve a Single Operating Certificate, required to operate as a single airline, is expected to take approximately 18 to 24 months. In the meantime, customers should continue to do business with the airline from which travel was purchased just as they did before the merger. The airlines' separate websites, aa.com and usairways.com, as well as the two airlines' reservations systems and loyalty programs, will continue to operate separately until further into the integration process.
As the integration process is underway, American's new Find Your Way website will connect customers to key information throughout the merger integration process. Additionally, customers should visit aa.com and usairways.com, which will continue to be regularly updated with news on any fee, policy and procedure changes associated with the merger.