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American Airlines-US Airways Merger
Becomes Official

December 13, 2013

© Houston Airport System
For the immediate future, American Airlines and US Airways will continue to operate separately in Terminal A at IAH.
Eleven months after American Airlines parent AMR Corp. and US Airways Group Inc. announced plans to combine the two airlines, the merger is complete, making way for the world’s largest airline.

On Monday, December 9, US Airways CEO John Parker rang the Nasdaq bell remotely from Texas to officially announce the $17 billion US Airways-American Airlines merger. Parker is now the CEO of the new American Airlines.

"Our people, our customers and the communities we serve around the world have been anticipating the arrival of the new American," said Parker. "We are taking the best of both US 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." 

Both US Airways and American Airlines operate within the Terminal A facility at George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH).  The airlines will maintain separate ticket counters during the immediate future but will eventually combine all operations at IAH. 

Impact to passengers

Passengers will continue to begin their travel itinerary with the airline from which travel was purchased before the merger.

The airlines' separate websites, and, loyalty programs, as well as the two airlines' reservations systems will continue to operate separately until further in the integration process.

US Airways' frequent fliers should be able to use earned miles to book flights on American in early January. Executives with American Airlines anticipate the process to achieve a Single Operating Certificate will take approximately 18 to 24 months.
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