Continental-United combo becomes largest US airline in Asia

The $3.17 billion merger between Continental Airlines and United Airlines creates a mega US carrier in Asia with no overlapping routes in the region.

Continental-United combo becomes largest US airline in Asia
A Boeing 787 in the new United livery.

In the least surprising announcement to come out of the US commercial aviation industry this year, Houston-based Continental Airlines and Chicago-based United Airlines yesterday said they will merge, forming the largest airline in the world and the biggest US-based air carrier operating to Asia.

As rumoured, the new airline will retain the United name and will be based in Chicago, and Jeff Smisek, the current chairman, president and chief executive of Continental, will become chief executive of United...

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