There was Southwest Airlines’ buyout of AirTran, Delta Air Lines’ deal with Northwest and United’s with Continental. Now it looks like American Airlines and US Airways are hoping to taxi down the tarmac.
American and US Airways said Friday they are in fact-finding talks that could lead to a deal. “It does not mean we are merging — it simply means we have agreed to work together to discuss and analyze a potential merger,” US Airways CEO Doug Parker told employees in a letter.
Analysts say the combination would allow the airlines to give Atlanta-based Delta and United Airlines more competition, since it would create a third mega carrier.
“You would have the international operations of AMR and the lower cost structure of US Airways,” Morningstar analyst Basili Alukos told Reuters.
Delta, the largest carrier serving Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, already is getting more competition from Southwest, which began merging operations this year with AirTran, the