February 8, 2013
Boards Nearing Vote on American/US Airways MergerThe long-discussed merger between American Airlines and US Airways appears on the verge of finally becoming a reality with both boards expected to vote on the merger Monday. The combined carrier would become the largest in the world by passenger traffic. American is currently the third largest in the United States and US Airways is fifth. It is expected that the post-merger airline will remain in American's current alliance, oneworld, severing ties with US Airways' Star Alliance partners. We will try to post an early look at the potential antitrust implications next week once the deal is actually final. For now, the Wall Street Journal offers a concise analysis of the merger's market impacts.
February 6, 2013
IALP Special Edition
The International Aviation Law Institute's journal, Issues in Aviation Law and Policy (IALP), has produced its second special edition containing transcripts from the Institute's acclaimed "Conversations with Aviation Leaders" oral history project. The project explores the origins, history and record of U.S. airline deregulation as told through the voices and memories of its participants. To date, there have been six interviews, all of which can be viewed at the Institute's website here. By transcribing these interviews, IALP has turned these valuable conversations into more easily searchable and citable scholarly resources. Later interviews will be collected in subsequent special editions. The current edition contains interviews with:
- John R. Byerly, the U.S. Department of State’s longest-serving Deputy Assistant Secretary for Transportation Affairs, and the lead U.S. negotiator for dozens of U.S. air services agreements, including the historic U.S.-EU open skies agreement;
- The Honorable Gerald L. Baliles, former Attorney General and Governor of Virginia and chair of the 1993 National Commission to Ensure a Strong Competitive Airline Industry; Gov. Baliles is also the co-founder of Issues in Aviation Law and Policy; and
- Jeffrey N. Shane, who served in a number of key policymaking positions in the federal government over a 30-year period, including Under Secretary of Transportation for Policy from 2003 to 2008.