Continental Airlines and United Airlines Agree to Merge

Unfortunately, there are too many threads in both the United Mileage Plus and Continental OnePass forums to list here regarding the announced merger between Continental Airlines and United Airlines as first reported here at The Gate — and that does not even include discussion in the other FlyerTalk airline forums such as the Delta SkyMiles and American AAdvantage forums.

The bottom line is as follows:

  • The US$3 billion merger will create the world’s largest airline, dethroning Delta Air Lines from its short reign
  • The transaction is expected to be completed before the end of 2010
  • The airline will retain the name United Airlines and its current headquarters in Chicago, but it will use the livery and colors of Continental Airlines
  • The new slogan for the combined airline will be Let‘s Fly Together
  • Based on 2009 results, the combined airline would have annual revenue of US$29 billion, and hold an unrestricted cash balance of about US$7.4 billion
  • The ten hub cities currently served by the combined airline will remain hub cities as of now

One thought on “Continental Airlines and United Airlines Agree to Merge”

  1. Erik E says:

    10 Hubs?

    Continential’s own media kit lists EWR, IAH, and CLE as hubs. Another part of the website says Guam is a hub, too.

    United has DEN, ORD, SFO, & LAX as hubs.

    So, where are the other hubs? Are they counting Denver as a Hub for CO as well?

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