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.
A Boeing 787 in the new United livery.
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 Continental Holdings, the entity's parent company. Glenn Tilton, chairman, president and chief executive of United, will be a non-executive chairman of the new carrier until the end of 2012.

What was new in yesterday's early...

¬ Haymarket Media Limited. All rights reserved.

FinanceAsia has updated its subscription model.

Registered readers now have the opportunity to read 5 articles from our award-winning website for free.

To obtain unlimited access to our award-winning exclusive news and analysis, we offer subscription packages, including single user, team (2-10 users), or office-wide licences.

To help you and your colleagues access our proprietary content, please contact us at subscriptions@financeasia.com, or +(852) 2122 5222

Article limit is reached.

Hello! You have used up all of your free articles on FinanceAsia.

To obtain unlimited access to our award-winning exclusive news and analysis, we offer subscription packages, including single user, team (2-10 users), or office-wide licences. To help you and your colleagues access our proprietary content, please contact us at subscriptions@financeasia.com, or +(852) 2122 5222