Source: USA TODAY
American and US Airways plan to unveil the company’s post-merger management structure by mid-June, Bloomberg News reports.
“AMR Chief Executive Officer Tom Horton said that while he’s making recommendations, the final decision on appointments rests with his US Airways counterpart Doug Parker, who will lead the enlarged company under the American Airlines name.”
Parker and Horton say the merger is still on track to close in the third quarter of this year. They add that they do not expect any issues to arise during the antitrust review by the U.S. Department of Justice.
“We have fulfilled the request,” Parker tells Bloomberg about Justice’s recent request for more information from the carriers. “They still have work to do, but we don’t expect any issues. The networks are so complimentary with virtually no overlap.”
Elsewhere, Parker and Horton suggest American and US Airways will begin codesharing on their flights “very soon” after the merger closes. However, it will take between three and six months for US Airways to officially shift to the oneworld frequent-alliance, the men tell Bloomberg.
US Airways currently is a member of the Star Alliance, which includes United and Air Canada among its other North American members.
The men said it would likely take 12 to 18 months for the airlines to obtain a single operating certificate that would allow them to combine their fleets and crews.
Parker and Horton made the comments in Cape Town, where they are attending the annual meeting of the International Air Transport Association (IATA).