econgator wrote:For the record, 3 of them no longer exist: Continental (now part of United), America West (now part of US Air), and TWA.
Technically, what happened with the second was that America West took over US Airways and changed its name to US Airways. (Trivia note: US Airways pilots use the old America West call sign on the radio, e.g., "Cactus 1263.")
The first might as well
have been Continental taking over United and changing its name -- given that United has adopted the Continental paint scheme, computer system, and most of its policies -- but it actually was structured as a merger.
American will likely soon be the 4th.
I would not be too surprised if a US Airways-American merger or takeover, however that
gets structured, ends up with American as the surviving name.
Or maybe they'll go back into US Airways' past and switch to "Allegheny" or "Mohawk" or, my favorite, "Piedmont."