The merger between US Airways and American Airlines is now complete, making them the biggest carrier in the world, overtaking Delta.
The combined airline will retain the American Airlines name and will have over 1,000 aircraft flying 6,700 daily flights to 330 destinations across 54 countries. It will employ 24,500 flight attendants and 12,500 pilots.
US Airways will leave Star Alliance to join oneworld from 31st March 2014. Regional affiliates operating under the US Airways Express brand will transition to oneworld at the same time.
The next 24 months will bring all aircraft into line, a task described as “not easy” by chief executive, Doug Parker.
He told ABC News: “We have consultants on board who’ve done this with other carriers.
“It’s not easy, but…both airlines have been through a merger in the semi-recent past.”
The airlines claim the merger will save then $1bn a year within 12 months.