Wedding Bells?

Feb 07 2013 Wedding Bells? BY sgf-admin TAGS AmericanUS Airways


Dallas media outlets report that a merger of American Airlines and US Airways is a done deal.

WFAA-TV and the Dallas Morning News both quote unnamed sources who say American's board of directors will meet on Monday to consider — and approve — a merger.

US Airways and American Airlines logo

Here in Southwest Missouri everyone wants to know what the apparent merger will mean for Springfield's American service — the airline flies  from here to Chicago O'Hare and Dallas (DFW).

We do not expect any service changes. Bottom line: the service to Chicago and Dallas will remain; we may gain service to Charlotte, which is a major US Airways hub.

Our avaiation analyst, Mike Boyd, recently wrote this to us:

"Effect on SGF: Some Potential Upside. A merger with US Airways would likely be a positive development for SGF, and at the very least neutral. If a merger is consummated, the name of the combined airline would remain American, with the corporate headquarters remaining in the Dallas region.

The current DFW hub would remain the major hub in the combined airline’s system. However, it is likely that some current Phoenix connecting capacity would shift to DFW. A larger DFW hub would be positive for SGF.

Another potential benefit for SGF would be the possibility of the addition of nonstop service to Charlotte (CLT). While CLT does overlap to some extent with the markets served by Delta’s ATL nonstops, the combination of domestic and international connectivity at CLT could be attractive to the combined airline.

Charlotte has strong connectivity not only to the southeast, but also to the northeast and mid-Atlantic region. Furthermore, European and South and Central American connectivity are also available via CLT."

Read a previous post about the possible merger — click here.


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