In Dallas today American Airlines and US Airways are unveiling plans for a merger. It follows the combination of first Delta Air Lines with Northwest and United Airlines with Continental Airlines as the six US major slim down to three. This consolidation, as the latest round of US airlines results predominantly illustrate, has helped to keep capacity in check and lift US carriers into solid profitability (or as solid as the airline industry usually allows).
So where does a merged American Airlines-US Airways sit on the global stage? Well second only to Lufthansa by revenues, based on data from the 2011 Airline Business World Airline Rankings - find out more here. Combined revenues of $37.3 billion would have put the airline just ahead of United-Continental which had revenues of $37.1 billion in 2011.
US carrier revenues for 2012 would still place a combined American-US Airways at $38.7 billion in sales above United-Continental with $37.2 billion and Delta Air Lines with $36.7 billion.
In terms of how the merged company will look, American and US Airways have put together this cool interactive route map.
You can read much about this, further analysis and coverage from today’s American-US Airways conference on our premium news site, Flightglobal Pro across today.
Ironically Airline Business was with US Airways chief executive Doug Parker when news broke of American Airlines Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection filing a little over a year ago. That day the subject was US Airways - check out our cover interview here for more about that. Over the coming weeks it looks like its all going to be about American.