Sounds Like This Non-TV News Is Ready to Fly: Two Major U.S. Airlines About to Merge in $11 Billion Deal. Result Would Be the World’s Largest Airline

February 11, 2013  •  Post A Comment

Two major U.S. airlines may be just days away from merging in an $11 billion deal, the Associated Press reports.

Says the story, "US Airways Group Inc and [American Airlines parent] AMR Corp are nearing an $11 billion merger that would create the world’s largest airline and could announce a deal within a week, after resolving key differences on valuation and management structure, people familiar with the matter said."

The article continues, "Under terms of a deal that are still being finalized, US Airways Chief Executive Doug Parker would become CEO, while AMR’s Tom Horton would serve as non-executive chairman of the board until spring of 2014, when the combined company holds its first annual meeting, the sources said.

"The deal would come more than 14 months after the parent of American Airlines filed for bankruptcy in November 2011, and would mark the last combination of legacy U.S. carriers, following the Delta-Northwest and United-Continental mergers."

The story adds, "The all-stock merger is expected to value the combined carrier at between $10.5 billion and $11 billion, and would give AMR creditors 72 percent of the ownership in the new company and US Airways shareholders the rest, they said."

The story continues, "US Airways will follow through on its agreement with AMR labor unions last year that the combined carrier would be branded American Airlines and be based in Fort Worth, Texas, where AMR is currently based, sources said. US Airways has its headquarters in Tempe, Arizona.

"As part of the merger, US Airways will also leave the Star Alliance to join the oneworld global airline alliance, of which American Airlines is an anchor member along with British Airways, the people familiar with the matter said."

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