American, US Airways to Create No. 1 Airline
Boards to announce merger tomorrow, says AP
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Feb 13, 2013 6:54 PM CST
In this file photo, a US Airways jet takes off as an American Airlines jet is prepped for takeoff at Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix.   (AP Photo/Matt York, File)

(Newser) – American Airlines and US Airways will merge and create the world's biggest airline. The boards of both companies approved the merger late today, according to three people close to the situation. The carrier keeps the American Airlines name but will be run by US Airways CEO Doug Parker. American's CEO, Tom Horton, will become chairman of the new company. A formal announcement is expected tomorrow morning.

The deal has been in the works since August, when creditors forced American to consider a merger rather than remain independent. American has been restructuring under bankruptcy protection since late 2011. Together, American and US Airways will be slightly bigger than United Airlines.

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Pointy_1
Feb 18, 2013 5:31 PM CST
The Bigger they are, the harder they fall.
right2dave
Feb 13, 2013 10:44 PM CST
Even better way to lose your lugguge.
finkster
Feb 13, 2013 9:10 PM CST
And they promise to provide the customer with an even worse air experience than ever before