Interesting US/AA Merger Article on NYC Aviation

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  1. Sean Colahan
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    http://www.nycaviation.com/2012/03/...deal-if-domain-name-purchases-to-be-believed/

    A merger between American Airlines and US Airways could be all but a done deal, based on some recent web domain name purchases.
    A report from Domain Name Wire lists 10 domains containing various combinations of the American and US brands.
    Maybe this is simply the work of domain squatters seeking to extort money from AA and US if they do merge, you ask? Well, these purchases weren’t the work of some guy who saw a GoDaddy commercial, and probably weren’t done by a Russian scammer, either. The author points out that the names were registered through MarkMonitor, an online brand protection service that only deals with legitimate companies. Anyone registering a domain through MarkMonitor has to provide proof that they own the rights to the names involved, so barring fraud or a security failure at MarkMonitor, it is almost certain these names were actually registered by representatives of American and/or US. Furthermore, the last three names on the list, which play on the AAdvantage and oneworld brands, seem a bit too creative to be the work of a scammer.


    • american-usairways.com, .net, and .org
    • americanairlinesusairways.com, .net, and .org
    • americanusairways.net (the .com was registered by someone else in 2010)
    • usairways-american.com, .net, and .org
    • usairwaysamerican.com, .net, and .org
    • usairwaysamericanairlines.com, .net, and .org
    • usandaa.com, .net, and .org
    • aadvantageofus.com, .net, and .org
    • advantageofus.com, .net, and .org
    • oneworldoneairline.com, .net, and .org
    Last week, American sought a six-month extension for filing a bankruptcy plan, which could be a signal that they are working on a deal with another carrier. US Airways has been speculated as a bidder for American, which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in November 2011.
    It is possible that a deal is far from complete, and that AA and US are simply buying these names to protect them in the event that they do merge. But for the airlines to take this huge step in their relationship, at the very least, their merger discussions must have progressed to a very high level.
     
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    Domain names are cheap, at least by the standards of corporate budgets, so dozens can be registered preemptively by the companies as in this case, or speculatively by others affectionately known as "cybersquatters". I wouldn't read anything into it for the moment.

    The companies may not want to use these names, now or ever---in fact, none of these seem particularly attractive---but the idea would be to prevent a hostile 3rd party or a frivolous porn site from setting up a shop. (For the same reason, a company named XYZ may want to register not only XYZ.com but also variants like IhateXYZ.com, XYZcheats.com and XYZsucks.com . Cartera should look into such names. :))
     
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    Thank you for posting this. It may just be some more meaningless noise. Perhaps a 10 year old in Latvia having fun with his computer on the web.
     
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    In one of the other threads on a possible merger, it was mentioned that US Airways has confirmed that they did register these domain names. But... that just means they spent a few hundred dollars in order to save themselves lots of trouble and lots more money if the merger does happen. It doesn't actually signal that a merger is any closer than it was the day US Airways told the entire world that it wanted to buy AA and AA told the entire world that they weren't interested in a merger with anyone.
     
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