AirTalk for February 14, 2013

What will an American-US Airways merger mean for travelers?

American Airlines And US Airways Announce Merger Agreement

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Doug Parker (L), Chairman and CEO of US Airways, and Thomas Horton, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of American Airlines speak during a news conference to announce the merger of the two airlines February 14, 2013 in Dallas Texas. US Airways and American Airlines have agreed to an $11 billion merger, creating the largest airline in the world. The airline will be called American Airlines and be headed by US Airways CEO Doug Parker.

As of this morning, American Airlines and US Airways has official combined to become the “new American Airlines.” It it’s new iteration, the airline is said to be worth a whopping $11 billion and will offer more than 6,700 daily flights in 56 countries.

The merger is reported to be a good thing for financial stakeholders, but what about consumers? How will travelers fare as a result? In the ever-consolidating world of air travel, does the loss of competition cost the average traveler?

Guests:
George Ferguson, Senior Airlines Analyst at Bloomberg Industries

Mark Murphy, owner TravelPulse, an online resource for the travel industry


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