What effect will the probable merger of American Airlines and US Airways have on consumers? For one thing, thanks to reduced competition and capacity, higher airfares, many aviation experts have predicted.But, according to Farecompare.com founder and chief executive, Rick Seaney, with the assimilation of operations likely to take between 18 months and two years, travellers won’t need to worry about the effects of a merger just yet, MarketWatch reported.“In the long run, ticket prices will go up, but in the short run, they will stay competitive,” he explained.And importantly, loyalty miles will likely remain untouchable, and may even become more valuable, said Seaney, who explained that it would simply not be in the best interest of any airline to alienate their most loyal travellers. Although US carriers successfully raised airfares five times last year, ticket prices for domestic travel in the US are at an all-time low. So even if the union between the two airlines were to earn the carriers US$1.2 billion in additional revenue and savings on merged hubs, as US Airways has claimed, it is highly likely those saving won’t be passed onto air travellers, according to the Wall Street Journal. A decision on the merger could be reached as soon as early next week, ABC News reported. However, no actual deal is yet in place, a source said. A merger of American Airlines and US Airways would see the combined carrier become the world’s largest airline. Likely to be based in Fort Worth, the current headquarters for AA, the combined carrier is expected to retain the American Airlines name. A merger would see the combined carrier surpass United as the nation’s largest airline. Image: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg Source = e-Travel Blackboard: M.H
TEMPE, Ariz. — The Arizona Cardinals got to revel in their 27-24 win over the Houston Texans by having Monday off. It was “Victory Monday,” meaning the team’s veterans were not required to come in.Of Note:– Jake Ballard, who has been with the team less than a week, was at the facility. As were Drew Stanton and Mike Leach. – Arians said Michael Floyd has a shoulder sprain and is day-to-day. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires – Rookie guard Earl Watford got to speak to the assembled media. Not sure if he’s ever been part of the hoard, but he seemed to enjoy the experience.– Dan Buckner, an Arizona alum, was disappointed the Wildcats could not come back to beat the UCLA Bruins Saturday. However, he was impressed with how hard the team played and was glad they kept it close when many people thought it would be a blowout.Stat of the DayThe Cardinals have trailed at halftime in four of their five wins this season, leading only the Atlanta Falcons at the intermission.Quote of the Day“It was my first catch since the Super Bowl in 2012,” tight end Jake Ballard said of his 15-yard reception in the second quarter Sunday. “So yeah, it was pretty cool. As soon as he called the play I got a little bit nervous because I knew I was probably going to get it. I turned around, it was there and then I wasn’t as nervous after that catch the rest of the game.”This Day in Arizona Cardinals HistoryOn November 11, 1990, the Phoenix Cardinals ran into the juggernaut that was the Buffalo Bills’ offense in a 45-14 loss. The Cardinals took a 7-0 first quarter lead on a one-yard touchdown run by Johnny Johnson, but the Bills scored the next 21 after that. A 29-yard pass from Timm Rosenbach to Ernie Jones brought the Cardinals to within seven in the third quarter, but the Bills tacked on another 24 points and that was all she wrote. Comments Share Rosenbach completed just 5-of-10 passes for 74 yards with one touchdown and an interception and Johnson tallied 66 yards and a score on 20 carries for the Cardinals. Buffalo’s Jim Kelly, on the other hand, completed 11-of-16 passes for 165 yards and four touchdowns, throwing just one pick. Thurman Thomas also gashed the Cardinals for 112 yards on 26 carries.
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