This was likely the worst kept secret in aviation. The boards of both the AMR, the parent of American Airlines, and US Airways have approved the proposed merger.
It is expected that the airlines will officially announce the merger on Thursday. The creditors of the AMR, the airline currently still in bankruptcy reorganization, will receive 72% of the equity and US Airways shareholders 28%.
The combined entity will retain the American Airlines name, will be headquarter out of DFW, will stay in Oneworld alliance, and will continue have very little presence in the Asian market.
It is interesting to see how this merge will play out. It will likely take about two years for everything to be merged and I don’t expect anything to happen with AAdvantage and Dividend Miles program for at least a year.