More About The New American For Employees
1. What does this transaction mean for me?
- We are very excited about the significant benefits the US Airways-American merger brings to employees of the combined airline.
- Employees of the New American Airlines will benefit from being part of an airline with a more competitive and stable financial foundation, which will create greater opportunities over the long term.
- Employees can also look forward to a path for improved compensation and benefits.
- Each carrier’s employees will receive reciprocal travel privileges as quickly as possible.
- With a framework already in place to govern the terms of employment and integration for union employees, we anticipate a smooth transition. As we work toward completing the transaction, it remains business as usual at American Airlines and US Airways – nothing will immediately change.
2. Where will the combined airline’s Operations Control Center, Reservations, Flight Training, Maintenance and Crew Base facilities be located?
- While it is premature to discuss specifics now, during the period between the signing and closing of the combination, a transition-planning team will develop a carefully constructed integration plan to help assure a smooth and sustainable transition.
- Until the US Airways-American merger closes, we will continue to operate as two independent companies and compete as we do today.
- We are committed to keeping all employees updated on important developments.
3. Will labor groups hold a seat, or seats, on the board of the new company?
- The Board of Directors will initially be made up of twelve members. The Board will be comprised of three American Airlines representatives, including Tom Horton, four US Airways representatives, including Doug Parker, and five AMR creditor representatives.
4. How will union employees be impacted?
- As previously announced, the unions representing American Airlines pilots, flight attendants and ground employees, as well as the union representing US Airways pilots, have agreed to terms for improved collective bargaining agreements effective upon the closing of the merger.
- In addition, the union representing US Airways flight attendants has reached a tentative agreement that includes support for the merger with American.
- The American Airlines unions representing pilots and flight attendants are working with their US Airways counterparts to determine representation and single agreement protocols.
- The US Airways-American merger will also provide the path to improved compensation and benefits for employees.
5. Will there be any job losses or involuntary furloughs for nonunion employees as a result of this combination?
- Unlike other transactions that are premised on excessive cost cuts, this merger is about the opportunities to grow revenues, which will also create more opportunities for employees as the combined airline flies more people to more places.
- Importantly, we’ve only just announced the agreement and no operational decisions have been made, nor can they be implemented, at this time.
- While we focus on completing the merger, and building a new airline from our two great companies, our integration teams will continue to carefully study the opportunities in a manner that enables us to create the best global competitor possible.
- Suffice it to say that we expect to build a team that is the “best of both” organizations.
6. What is the American Airlines-US Airways strategy for labor integration?
- As previously announced, all three unions representing American Airlines employees have agreed to term sheets governing collective bargaining agreements.
- American unions representing pilots, flight attendants, mechanics and fleet service employees are partnering with their US Airways counterparts to determine representation and single agreement protocols.
- During the period between the signing and closing of the combination, a transition team will develop a carefully constructed integration process to help assure a smooth and sustainable transition.
7. Will there be opportunities for both companies’ employees in terms of relocation?
- While it is premature to discuss specific months, in the coming months, our integration teams will be working to plan the combination, and we are committed to keeping you updated on important developments.
- What we do know is that the new American Airlines headquarters will be in Dallas-Fort Worth. However, we will retain a significant corporate and operational presence in Tempe.
- Should there be any changes in the future, we will communicate those to you at the appropriate time.
8. Will this new airline hire more employees in the years to come?
- As we mentioned earlier, the US Airways merger with American is about the opportunities to grow revenues, which will also create more opportunities for employees.
- Importantly, we’ve only just announced the merger and no decisions have been made at this time.