After months of talk, in a move that is a surprise to absolutely nobody, it appears as though the boards of both airlines have approved a combination of the two companies (news has broken in the NY Times, WSJ, USA Today, AP wire within the last 30 minutes). I haven't seen a thread concerning the merger in this forum, so thought we could use one. Feel free to post news, updates, speculation about frequent flier programs, routes, hubs, etc. I'll start off with some high level details of what we know, or at least what seems fairly certain at this point: Combined airline will be called American Airlines Will be HQ'd in Fort Worth, TX Doug Parker (Current US CEO) will be the CEO of the combined airline Highly likely (to the point of certainty) that the airline will remain part of the OneWorld alliance. Beyond all of this, I'm really curious how the hub situation will play out over the months ahead. Will PHX, PHL, and CLT all survive? What happens at DCA, where current AA + US operations equal about 60% of all flights? I may be biased because I live there, but I feel reasonably confident that CLT will remain as a hub, although perhaps one with less international flying.