The New American Is Arriving: Judge issues ruling on American, US Airways merger


They're saying that the merger will create the "Worlds Largest Airline"! 

American cleared its last hurdles to merging with US Airways Wednesday when a bankruptcy court judge approved its settlement of a lawsuit filed by U.S. Justice officials that sought to block the tie-up.

Judge Sean Lane of the United States Bankruptcy Court , Southern District of New York, granted motions approving the settlement in which American and US Airways agreed to give up dozens of take off and landing slots at Washington's Reagan National Airport and New York City's La Guardia airports.

He also denied a request for a temporary restraining order filed in a separate civil suit to stall the merger.

Those were essentially the last legal approvals needed to allow the deal to close, creating what will be the largest airline in the world.

American and US Airways reached a settlement earlier this month with the U.S.Department of Justice who sued to block their merger on the grounds that it would diminish competition and raise fares.

American and US Airways agreed to give up dozens of take off and landing slots that are expected to go to low-cost carriers. The airlines also said they would retain their eight hubs for three years.

Based on the settlement with Justice officials Lane said ""One must assume the anticompetitive concerns ... Have been satisfactorily addressed "

Officials of the new airline have said that if they received all approvals they world close the merger in December.

We are pleased to announce that American Airlines and
US Airways will combine to create a premier global airline. Our combined airline joins two highly complementary networks with access to the best destinations around the globe – offering you increased choices, improved efficiency and better options to explore the globe with our oneworld® Alliance.

The combined company will retain the iconic American Airlines brand name, and will provide you with more choices and better service throughout the world. The combined company will be headquartered in Dallas-Fort Worth and will maintain a significant corporate, operational and hub presence in Phoenix.

I invite you to learn more about the American Airlines-US Airways merger and its many benefits by exploring this section of our website. For additional information, you can also visit

Thank you for your business and your support – we look forward to continuing to serve you on US Airways and on the new American Airlines.
— Doug Parker, Chairman and CEO, US Airways

I just hope they keep the consumers best interest in mind when making changes with the "New American".