AviationAddict From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 644 posts, RR: 0 Posted (9 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 4550 times:
Does anyone know when the folks at the new US Airways expects the merger to be fully completed? I know that's a pretty open ended question (who's the judge of what 'completed' means), but when will all the planes be repainted, the routes simplified (cutting out duplicates left over from the two airlines [if there are any]), etc. The websites don't really offer a lot of insight into how all that stuff is going so if anyone has any info I'd be much obliged!
Flyf15 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (9 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 4529 times:
I'd say the merging of the pilot senority lists will be a major mark as to when the merger is essentially "complete." This will probably take another year or two at least... lots of lawsuits and roadblocks and such before this will be completed.
HAL From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 2588 posts, RR: 52
Reply 6, posted (9 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 4441 times:
Officially, the FAA considers the airlines to be merged when they are operating under one single operating certificate. Until then, we are two airlines using the same websites, advertising, and paint jobs. Until we have one certificate AWA can't fly USAirways planes or routes, mix pilots or flight attendants, or have their mechanics do major work on the other's planes (and vice versa for US). And according to the transition agreements between the two pilot groups and the airline, the airlines can not go to one certificate until the pilots have a single seniority list and single contract to cover them all. In addition to all this, there has to be a single FAA approved training program, and updated manuals and procedures for all personnell in place before they will grant that single operating certificate - a huge task in itself.
All this should (we hope) be accomplished by spring of 2007.
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