Feb 25 US Airways Group Inc and American
Airlines, which announced earlier this month that they would
merge to form the world's biggest air carrier, named executives
on Monday to lead their integration team.
Scott Kirby, president of US Airways, and Bev Goulet, chief
restructuring officer at AMR Corp's American, will
develop plans so the airlines can start melding as soon as the
$11 billion merger closes, expected in the third quarter, the
chief executives of the carriers said in a staff memo.
A merged American-US Airways would have revenue of more than
$38 billion based on 2012 figures, ahead of current No. 1 United
Continental Holdings Inc, the product of a 2010 merger
. US Airways began its pursuit of a merger not
long after American filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection
in late November 2011.
Kirby, who has been US Airways president since 2006, had a
major role in negotiating with labor and analyzing the revenue
and costs benefits expected from the merger, the memo said.
Goulet was named American chief restructuring officer in
December 2011 and has served as vice president for corporate
development at the carrier since 2002. She had a prime role in
negotiating the equity splits of 28 percent for US Airways and
72 percent for American stakeholders in the merger.
Doug Parker and Tom Horton, the CEOs of US Airways and
American, respectively, added in the memo that Kirby and Goulet
would join them on a transition committee that will set up
planning teams that include leaders from both carriers. An
outside merger project management firm will also work with the
The parent of the merged airline will be called American
Airlines Group Inc, according to a U.S. filing last week. The
merger is subject to approval by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, US
Airways shareholders and regulatory authorities. A federal
bankruptcy judge will consider approving the merger on March 27.