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AA/US Merger Impact: HQ

Fri Feb 08, 2013 9:33 am

Dear All,

in order to consolidate the AA/US merger threads (and after input from users, which we highly appreciate) the moderators decided to start separate threads each discussing one aspect of the AA/US merger and its impact to both the industry and the two airlines involved.

Please continue discussing this hot news in their individual official threads:

AA/US Merger Impact: Fleet
AA/US Merger Impact: Hubs
AA/US Merger Impact: Employees
AA/US Merger Impact: HQ (THIS THREAD ONLY)
AA/US Merger Impact: Livery
AA/US Merger Impact: Unions
AA/US Merger Impact: Routes
AA/US Merger Impact: Inflight Service

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RE: AA/US Merger Impact: HQ

Fri Feb 08, 2013 4:24 pm

It's a pretty straightforward situation when it comes to HDQ, isnt it? All functions begin to transition to Fort Worth except for a few exceptions (res centers, etc..)

Are there any AA HDQ employees here who can comment on whether or not AA will have to expand their campus just south of DFW? Or perhaps consolidating some headquarters functions will be sufficient?
 
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RE: AA/US Merger Impact: HQ

Fri Feb 08, 2013 4:27 pm

While we know what will happen with HQ, what about SOC?
 
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RE: AA/US Merger Impact: HQ

Fri Feb 08, 2013 4:40 pm

Quoting HPRamper (Reply 2):
While we know what will happen with HQ, what about SOC?

It is hard to imagine the SOC not being in Ft Worth. Not only is it more efficient for the SOC and the headquarters to be in one place, but AA's SOC is Ft Worth is huge, and almost certainly far larger than the US facility (in PIT, right?).
 
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RE: AA/US Merger Impact: HQ

Fri Feb 08, 2013 4:55 pm

This is straight forward. HQ and SOC will be in Fort Worth.
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RE: AA/US Merger Impact: HQ

Fri Feb 08, 2013 5:31 pm

Quoting commavia (Reply 3):
AA's SOC is Ft Worth is huge, and almost certainly far larger than the US facility (in PIT, right?).

Correct, US Airways' is in PIT. A small but nice facility, kept there post-America West merger thanks to some tax incentives.

On that note, are there terms that would have to be paid to get out from that deal?
 
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RE: AA/US Merger Impact: HQ

Fri Feb 08, 2013 6:28 pm

Wasn't the OCC in PIT just built a couple of years ago? Not sure who paid for the building, but I think US may own the building themselves and they built it from the ground up.

I don't see the OCC not being in DFW though. And there will be a lot of job openings because most of the guys in PIT are pretty senior and I don't think they would move to DFW.
 
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RE: AA/US Merger Impact: HQ

Fri Feb 08, 2013 7:19 pm

I just wonder what's going to happen here. Will there be a bunch of empty spaces and lost jobs?


I have a feeling this merger isn't going to go over so well for grandma Jan here in Arizona as well as other people who have some sort of stake in the business operations here.
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RE: AA/US Merger Impact: HQ

Fri Feb 08, 2013 7:37 pm

Somewhere, I read that Parker said the HQ would be Fort Worth. But I think it was a DFW paper.
 
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RE: AA/US Merger Impact: HQ

Fri Feb 08, 2013 7:40 pm

Quoting toxtethogrady (Reply 8):
Somewhere, I read that Parker said the HQ would be Fort Worth. But I think it was a DFW paper.

Allow me to erase your doubts:

http://www.azcentral.com/business/ar...may-announce-merger-next-week.html

http://www.usatoday.com/story/todayi...rways-merger-mean-for-you/1899185/
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RE: AA/US Merger Impact: HQ

Fri Feb 08, 2013 8:45 pm

Quoting apodino (Reply 6):
Wasn't the OCC in PIT just built a couple of years ago? Not sure who paid for the building, but I think US may own the building themselves and they built it from the ground up.

US's new OCC opened in 2008 to the tune of $25 million and there were heavy tax incentives involved (but I will have to go looking for the exact terms). One of the local dailies here in Pittsburgh has a quick blurb about it today:

http://triblive.com/business/headlin...rways-merger-airline#axzz2KLHJPFh1

As was mentioned above, it is hard to imagine the combines carrier wouldn't consolidate operations control in Texas...unless they need to convince some PA legislators that the merger isn't a bad thing (DL did something similar IIRC). Could the PIT center be used to run the in-house express carriers or must those functions be operated out of the same facility?
 
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RE: AA/US Merger Impact: HQ

Fri Feb 08, 2013 8:50 pm

Bloomberg News reporting Doug Parker will be ceo of a combined company, Tom Horton would have a limited term as non-executive chairman.

Both boards to vote Monday or Tuesday.

US Airways holders to get 28% stake in merged airline.
AMR creditors would receive 72%.
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RE: AA/US Merger Impact: HQ

Fri Feb 08, 2013 8:55 pm

Quoting LAXdude1023 (Reply 9):

Allow me to erase your doubts:

http://www.azcentral.com/business/ar...may-announce-merger-next-week.html

http://www.usatoday.com/story/todayi...9185/

I believe that the reporter in the Phoenix paper is smoking dope, based upon them reporting that US would be "buying" AA. Not gonna happen.

Even if the deal, as ultimately structured, looks like an acquisition, it will still have AA's interests (and most important, the interests of its Creditors) as first priority. No deal will happen unless it is materially better for AA's Creditors than emerging and subsequently buying US outright -- so US has to drop it's pantaloons to make a deal a priori. And, they will, if they want it to happen.

Seems to me that, bottom-line, this merger is being pushed now to benefit (primarily) the senior execs at US. It may well end up being good for the employees at one, two or all three carriers involved (because, as we all know, US is for employment purposes two airlines), but that employee benefit will be incidental, not primary.

Lastly, PR hacks can talk the talk, but when the dust settles, KPHX will be a mere shadow of itself, almost entirely comprised of O&D... and the dominant airline there will have planes painted Canyon Blue.
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RE: AA/US Merger Impact: HQ

Sat Feb 09, 2013 4:01 am

Quoting toxtethogrady (Reply 8):
Somewhere, I read that Parker said the HQ would be Fort Worth. But I think it was a DFW paper.

A US employee told me that the Parkers moved to DFW area over christmas. Reportedly his kids are now enrolled in a Fort Worth area private school.
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RE: AA/US Merger Impact: HQ

Sun Feb 10, 2013 7:18 am

Quoting tooluther (Reply 10):
US's new OCC opened in 2008 to the tune of $25 million and there were heavy tax incentives involved

AA is currently completely renovating its SOC in Fort Worth to consolidate its dispatch and maintenance control centers (MOC will move from TUL).

Quoting tooluther (Reply 10):
As was mentioned above, it is hard to imagine the combines carrier wouldn't consolidate operations control in Texas

   Especially with the money that's being put into the new facility down south. Stranger things have happened, but my money is on PIT going by the wayside if/when everything is integrated.
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