America West has a much stronger name recognition on the West Coast, Hawaii, Aalaska and Mexico... You are forgetting that the US Airways name is still very closely associated to the US Air name which stood to confront many silly airline crashes and incidents. America West has in all of its 20 year history, had not one fatal accident! If the two were to merge there would be a much greater chance that the combined airlines would hold tight to the idea of a new name, afterall combined it would be a new and totally different airline.
Looking at the bases... Pittsburgh would be lost in the shuffle. Boston would be pondered off to American, Delta, Jet Blue or Northwest. The Shuttle sold to either American or Delta.. whomever has a more attractive price.. DCA
would prove a hefty monitary return if the slots were sold to the highest bidder. Which in most cases would probably be a toss up between anyone. In the end you would have a base structure looking like LAS
, and CLT
New routes would be opened to bridge LAS
to Europe. Routes such as LAS
(Las Vegas surely would not have these frequencies on a daily basis... However, the demand for the international traffic is very strong in this market). PHX
The fleets would easily be intertwined. America West 757-200, 737-300, 737-200, A320, A319. US Airways 767-200, 757-200, 737-400, 737-300, A330, A321, A320, A319. In the end the fleet would probably be based apon A330, A321, A320, and A319 types. Both America West and US Airways are very interested in the groth prospects using the A321! The A321 is due to replace the America West 757! The Boeing 737-400, 737-300, and 737-200 would have lack of commonality. The Boeing 767-200 is becoming aged!
The frequent flier programs are both very successful and would prove an enormous clientele base for the new airline. Flight Fund has several hundred thousand members. Dividened Miles has the same. The benefits would be outstanding. The question being is who or what alliance would be formed? More than likely One World... Reason being that America West is cosy with British Airways and US Air was at one time British Airways partner in the U.S. American would have plenty to gain by the addition of all of the West Coast code sharing they could gain via America West!