Speculation on AA partnership given possible AA/US merger

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  1. yaychemistry

    yaychemistry Silver Member

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    I have no inside knowledge - I just want to spark discussion!

    Lucky, at OneMileAtATime speculates that the merged AA/US will end up in oneworld.
    http://boardingarea.com/blogs/onemi...ctions-for-an-american-and-us-airways-merger/

    My guess is that means most of AA's partnerships will remain with the merged airline (including AS).

    Additionally, neither US nor AA are strong in Pacific NW - so AS's network will still be valuable to a merged US/AA. Though US does have a PHX hub.

    Then again - who knows what Doug Parker (US CEO) thinks of the AA/AS partnership. And according to rumors, he will be running the merged airline.

    http://www.dallasnews.com/business/...erger-likely-leaders-roles-become-clearer.ece (via Lucky at http://boardingarea.com/blogs/onemi...-and-us-airways-merger-very-likely-next-week/)
     
  2. JoeCortez

    JoeCortez Silver Member

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    US Airways has said in the past that if the merger is successful, they'll make the move from *A to OW:

    As a *A flyer who was going for the Aegean trick, I'm kind of sad about this - as it limits my options for flying and lounge access once the gears of the merger start taking place. That also being said, once I have *A Gold via Aegean (~13,000 more miles and I'm there), this also opens up my loyalty possibilities immensely. CMH seems to be a focus market for DL and WN, and AS plays well with AA and DL So this could either be very good, or very bad. I really have to take some time to figure out where the best ROI is for my flying dollar.
     
  3. thesterlingtraveler

    thesterlingtraveler Gold Member

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    I doubt that the AA/AS partnership would end. AS is very strong in markets where AA has very little presence. For example, SNA/LGB/SAN/LAX-SEA/PDX/YVR. AS runs multiple flights daily. On AA, you would have to fly through DFW/ORD (and there's one flight daily from each to YVR). I'm sure AA execs realize that they almost depend on AS for what I think are significant portions of their route map.

    At least, as someone who flies to YVR regularly from SNA/LAX, that's what I'm hoping.
     
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