Q: What will the new carrier be called?
Q: What do I do if I’m holding a ticket, or want to book a ticket, on either airline?
For now, travel will continue as usual, with American passengers flying and buying tickets through the usual American channels. US Airways passengers will do the same. Until regulatory and court approval is secured, the airlines will operate separately; that process is expected to take about six months.
Q: Where will the company be based?
Fort Worth, Texas, with significant operations in Phoenix
Q: Where will it go?
The combined airline offers more than 6,700 daily flights to 336 destinations in 56 countries by maintaining all the hubs currently served by both airlines. The merger offers more options than any other airline across the East Coast and Central U.S. regions. It will expands American’s current network on the West Coast, across the Atlantic and Pacific and “bolster American’s industry-leading position in Latin America and the Caribbean,’’ according to an email sent Thursday to American frequent fliers.
Q: What will be the likely effect on Miami?
During its recent restructuring, American said Miami was one of the hubs it intended to grow, and several new flights have been added in recent months. Miami is expected to continue to benefit as the merged airline seeks to continue its presence into Latin America.
Q: Will there be layoffs?
It is unlikely that there will be significant layoffs for pilots, flight attendants and ground workers because American already cut its workforce during bankruptcy. However, headquarters employees might be laid off as US Airways and American combine their corporate staffs.
Q: What will happen to my frequent flier miles?
Initially, nothing will happen, but changes may come 18 to 24 months after the merger closes. For example, United Airlines and Continental Airlines did not combine their two frequent flier programs until 22 months after they merged.
Generally, experts say now that they expect American frequent fliers will actually benefit from having additional U.S. destinations available in the northeast. US Airways eventually will leave the Star Alliance; the new American will remain in OneWorld, which it co-founded.
Q: What will happen to my AAdvantage Citibank Visa card?
Like frequent flier programs, nothing will happen initially. But since the Citibank card has more members than US Airways’ credit card provided through Barclays, it is likely that Citibank will remain the card issuer.
Q: How many employees will the new company have? How many aircraft? How many flights?
108,413 people. 1,520 aircraft. 6,528 daily flights.
Q: Who will run the combined company?
US Airways chief executive Doug Parker will lead the new American.
Q: What happens to the brand that American unveiled last month, and the 600 planes it has on order?
The merged carrier will keep the new brand that American revealed; the order for new planes will go forward. Q: Q: When will the merger be completed?
It depends on how long it takes for the deal to be approved by the bankruptcy court and federal regulators. No major hurdles are expected as unions have already agreed, along with a group of unsecured creditors.
Fort Worth Star Telegram, Miami Herald staff