The proposed merger of American Airlines and US Airways will likely result in the consolidation of the carriers' operations functions in Dallas, say executives.
Doug Parker, chairman and chief executive of US Airways and future chief executive of the combined company, says that the operations functions would likely be consolidated at American's existing operations control centre in Dallas, according to a stock exchange filing today. He says that the facility is larger than US Airways' operations centre in Pittsburgh.
"If we were betting right now it's only fair to tell people that, you know, Dallas has a bigger centre and is more likely than not that you'd move there," he says on what he would tell staff at US Airways' centre. "But that's not what happened last time and it may not happen this time."
Consolidating the operations function in Dallas would not occur until after the airlines move to a single operating certificate, Parker adds. This is expected within two years after the merger, which is expected to close in the third quarter.
The new American will be headquartered in Dallas, resulting in the closure of US Airways' Tempe, Arizona-headquarters. However, executives at both airlines have continually reiterated that the new company will have a significant "management presence" in the Phoenix area.