While American Airlines and US Airways announced plans to merge today, it will be several months – if not years – before passengers see any significant impact.
Passengers with existing tickets on American or US Airways – and members of both frequent flier programs – shouldn’t fret. No changes will come anytime soon.
American’s parent company, AMR Corp., is still under bankruptcy protection and will need the court to approve the deal. US Airways shareholders will also have to vote for a merger. Then the Department of Transportation and the Justice Department must sign off. Finally, once a deal closes, the new company could operate two separate airlines for a number of years.
To read what passengers can expect when the airlines finally do merge, click here.