Here are five mega-deals from the past five years where the companies got it right.
When the America West management team took over US Airways in 2005, it cut capacity and boosted unit revenue. A veteran analyst says the team can do the same thing at American.
On the first day of the American Airlines flight attendants strike in 1993, most planes flew empty. It seemed the airline was unprepared. But a former airline executive says that isn't the case.
American Airlines flight attendants staged the last strike at a major airline 20 years ago. This year, their union president was among the leaders in promoting a merger with US Airways.
The merger of US Airways and American likely will mean that one of two flight attendant unions must go, and the American union is twice as big as the US Airways union.