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Supreme Court justice blocks last-ditch try to stop AMR-US deal

The merger of American Airlines (AAMRQ) and US Airways (LCC) is all set to take off tomorrow after Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg denied a last-minute effort by consumer groups and travel agents to prevent the deal from taking place.

The plaintiffs fear that the deal will force prices up, hurt services and make planes more crowded.

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  • milehirico
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    Hurray Ruth Ginsberg for recognizing the efforts of 100,000 employees combined. We still have to get our flight attendant unions to work together and challenge management to set an industry leading contract. US Airways employees have been through seven mergers and knows how to lead the process. APFA could do well by listening to how we have already achieved our pay duty rigs and scope however long it takes. Labor usually tends to be the last hurdle in any merger and we are ready to embrace our American brothers and sisters. Hurray for the worlds largest airline I am proud to be a part of.
    8 Dec 2013, 10:43 AM Reply Like
  • birdyhoof
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    milehirico. I too am proud to be a part of the world's largest airline. While AFA is huge and has tons of experience with airline BKs, the proof is in the pudding. APFA FAs have lived under better conditions during the hard years after Sep 11th than many other airlines, except Southwest FAs, of course. Maybe once AAL starts to turn a consistent profit as LUV does, we too will reap gains. APFA got us an equity stake upon exit from BK. What has AFA gotten you? Many other factors and circumstances led to our windfall, but I am going to stick with a proven winner. APFA. I'm sorry AFA might lose 8000 members, but in this case, I prefer to be represented at a more "local" level. I'm looking forward to getting this merger integrated ASAP, so we can start flying more passengers to more destinations, creating the most friendly efficient carrier in the sky.
    8 Dec 2013, 11:57 AM Reply Like
  • Petrarch
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    bad news for anyone who travels.
    the merger is designed to screw the public
    there is no other motive
    too bad Ginsberg did not have the gumption to see this
    8 Dec 2013, 10:46 AM Reply Like
  • King Rat
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    Petrarch, do you HONESTLY believe that a group of people got together and spent years of time trying to figure out how to screw the public and the best they could come up with was to merge a bankrupt airline with a nearly bankrupt airline?
    Do you HONESTLY believe that those who decided to merge these two struggling airlines NOT to be more competitive, NOT to save jobs, NOT to offer better deals to customers of either airlines, but to screw customers over?
    Please explain HOW this would screw people over. Is it cost? Neither American nor United were the cheapest anyway, in part because their own operating costs were too high. Apple has a net profit of about 25%. These two have a combined net profit of about 6%. Where exactly can they pass savings on to customers through lower prices now? THEY CAN'T!!!!!
    The ONLY way for American/United to reduce prices is to reduce costs and this merger is a great way of reducing costs. Customers, employees, and shareholders will all benefit, but most of all and first of all it will be the customers. Thank you and good night.
    8 Dec 2013, 09:07 PM Reply Like
  • The Investment Doctor
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    Ahem, American isn't merging with United but with US. Just saying.
    8 Dec 2013, 09:15 PM Reply Like
  • Michael Bryant
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    The U.S. airline industry is already one of the most competitive in the world, so consolidation may be good for the industry. There are still (LUV), (SAVE), and (ALK). Plus, there is Virgin Airlines.
    8 Dec 2013, 11:03 AM Reply Like
  • Moon Kil Woong
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    US airlines have just about the worst service I've ever seen. Fortunately when flying Internationally you can always pick a better foreign airline, but domestically they seem to have taught the public well to suffer and bear with any bad service from silly baggage charges, no food, no storage bins, and tight seating to cancellations, long waits, tons of transfers, etc.


    Well, I can say they air better than Air Italy. That's about it. And it will only get worse with this merger. The US airline business is much like the US bank business, they are always eager to get to be TBTF so they can get bailouts and bankruptcy protection every time the economy falters or oil prices spike. US banks, airlines, autos, etc. should never be bailed out. Let more vibrant small businesses replace them, hopefully without absurd unions attached to them.
    9 Dec 2013, 02:37 AM Reply Like
  • SafisKusai
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    make planes more crowded? there is a only a certain number of seats on a plane and if you arent filling them you are asking for your airline to fail...
    8 Dec 2013, 01:21 PM Reply Like
  • Matthew Davis
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    They could copy Spirit and space the seats 3 inches from your face, that don't recline and feel like you're sitting in a cardboard box.
    8 Dec 2013, 03:53 PM Reply Like
  • The Investment Doctor
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    As Europe-based AAdvantage Platinum traveler, I'm glad the merger is about to close, as I will have a lot more options to choose from if I want to continue traveling with OW.
    8 Dec 2013, 04:06 PM Reply Like
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