Will certainly delay the merger at least - can't recall the DoJ taking a similar stance with UA/Continental or Delta/North West.
They put the kibosh on a UA-US merger. In general, "adjustments" are made in the form of releasing gates at some airports and the merger is approved.
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If they can stop it that would be great. Don't wan't AA's sh!t service infecting US Airways.
Horses for courses but I've generally found it to be the other way round! Certainly on domestic flights where I'll avoid US Airways mainline like the plague. Internationally I prefer none of them!
Domestic first class, admittedly a small selection, is quite different, with AA having better service and entertainment, and US making a decision to remove all entertainment, audio or video. Have found US international biz class flights good,and on board service fine, but dealing with them by phone or e-mail difficult.
AA's frequent flyer program is rather good in the requirements for free flights (much, much better than Delta).Edited: 13 August 2013, 22:37
There was a lot of pre-merger discussion about antitrust exposure, and the consensus (for what that's worth) was that US and AA didn't compete very much at all except in a couple of markets (mainly DCA).
While this will undoubtedly slow the process down significantly, I'm skeptical that it will undo the merger. The parties will just owe more money to lawyers when all's said and done, if that is even possible.
I hope they stop it ,oh how i miss Continental.
The small story they ran on the radio about this here in Chicago was just silly. They quoted the DoJ as looking at several routes where prices would go up. The one they used as an example was from New York, without saying which airport, to Houston. They said AA and USAir both have one stop flights and AA's was $1100 and USAir was $500 and if they merge, the fare would go up to $1100. Completely ignoring any other airlines that fly that route direct, like United which has Houston as a hub.
Wes, the lawsuit is all over US for those "Advantage fares". The others quoted (and I love it how they pasted screenshots from Skyscanner or CheapoAir into the docket) were Miami-Cincinnati and Charlotte-Syracuse. What they're stressing is that Dougie Parker went on record saying that those fares would be unnecessary and withdrawn with the merger. Some smart lawyers at the DOJ have picked up on this.
Personally, I'm thinking this is more political than anything else. The six states that have joined the lawsuit are : Tennessee, Arizona (PHX), Texas (DFW), Florida (MIA), Pennsylvania (PHL), Virginia plus DC (DCA). Apart from TN, all the others are home to AA or US headquarters or hubs, that would be affected by the consolidation (i.e. redundancies). Looks to me like this is more about jobs than fares.
My guess is that this is a dead serious attempt to kill the merger and I have an inkling it will succeed.Edited: 14 August 2013, 05:54
USBT: "I have an inkling it will succeed": Do you think so? I was more under the impression this was hardball negotiation and was wondering what they wanted to gain. Also, and unless they get a court injunction, they might well arrive too late. After all, the merger is approved by most of the parties. Also, the new entity will be consolidated in Texas (@AAs). Why then would it fight it?