All true about the United/Continental merger, Simon. I flew Continental exclusively, including to Europe 5-6 times a year, because they go non-stop to all my domestic and international destinations, so am now stuck with United. I've had some interesting conversations with ex-Continental flight attendants, none of whom came out of the merger well. Continental seemed to be the last decent U.S. carrier (free food, no fee for checked bags, etc.), and United's level of customer service is definitely a cut below Continental's. More mergers/fewer consumer choices is never a good thing, but this, like everything else, is driven by P&L statements. The sad truth is that, like them or not, I still will fly United just about every time because of more convenient schedules and destinations.
True, Karl, as far as pockets being lined. I'm sure that the new airline will be called American with the new AA livery. You're also right....AA had one of the best airline logos in the business....a really bad move to replace it, many of us believe, although I almost never fly American any longer.