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American Airlines and US Airways
Announce Merger Plans

March 8, 2013

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Both American Airlines and US Airways operate inside Terminal A at George Bush Intercontinental Airport.
Representatives from American Airlines and US Airways continue to move forward with their plans to close a merger deal by the end of September 2013.

On February 14, the two airlines announced their plans to merge operations and fly under the American Airlines name, creating the world’s largest airline in the process.

“We are proud to launch the new American Airlines – a premier global carrier well equipped to compete and win against the best in the world,” said Tom Horton, chairman, president, and chief executive officer of American Airlines. “Together, we will be even better positioned to deliver for all of our stakeholders, including our customers, people, investors, partners, and the many communities we serve.”

Both airlines operate nonstop flights in Houston, flying in and out of the Terminal A facility at George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH).

American Airlines also operates a nonstop flight between William P. Hobby Airport (HOU) and Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) using its subsidiary carrier American Eagle.

From IAH, American Airlines currently offers nonstop service to DFW, Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), Miami International Airport (MIA) and Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport (ORD). US Airways flies from IAH to Charlotte Douglass International Airport (CLT) and Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHO). In 2012, the two airlines combined to handle more than 2.5 million passengers in the Houston market.

“From an operational standpoint, I think the merger transition would be incredibly smooth for passengers here in Houston,” says Carl Newman, general manager at George Bush Intercontinental Airport. “The fact that the airlines already operate within the same terminal facility gives us a big head start when it comes to planning for possible impacts from a proposed merger.”

The combined airline would offer more than 6,700 daily flights worldwide to 336 destinations in 56 countries.

“The combination of American and US Airways brings together two highly complementary networks with access to the best destinations around the globe and gives us a strong platform to provide our customers the most connected, comfortable travel experience available,” Horton says. “The operational and financial strength of the combined airline is expected to enable continued investment in new products and technologies and will create exciting new opportunities for our people, even as we deliver strong cash flow and sustainable profitability.”

The proposed merger is currently being reviewed by the U.S. Department of Justice.
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