29 December 2012

If American Airlines and US Airways merge go ahead, no cancellation of A350´s are expected

American Airlines and US Airways are moving closer to a merger, and a decision could come early next month, people familiar with the matter said. The push follows American’s efforts to reorganize in bankruptcy court before a merger and US Airways’ quest to lead a takeover creating the world’s largest airline.
Analysts says there is not foreseen US Airways canceling its A350 orders in favor of American Airlines’ outstanding 777 order.
US Airways is one of the remaining A350-800 customers and this might be upgraded to the A350-900, allowing the airline 60 seats more per aircraft in economy class (from 36 Envoy Class / 234 Economy Class in A350-800, to 36 Envoy Class / 294 Economy Class in A350-900)
The airline has 18 A350-800 aircraft and 4 A350-900 aircraft on order for delivery from 2017 onwards and the upgrading of 18 A350-800 to bigger A350-900 will not be a surprise.
A combination of American, the 3rd biggest U.S. carrier, and No. 5 US Airways would surpass United Continental as the world’s largest airline, based on passenger traffic.
Based on the article “AMR Said to Take Steps Nearing Merger With US Airways” published in Bloomberg

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