(KMOV.com) -- Airline executives tried to convince lawmakers the merger between U.S. Air and American Airlines is a good thing Tuesday.
The merger is an $11 billion dollar deal that will create the world’s largest airline.
Lawmakers have raised concerns about benefits to passengers but leaders of both airlines say it’s necessary to stay in business.
The new airline will be called American and executives say there will be benefits to both employees and customers.
“We are under no illusions that mergers are easy or seamless,” said Gary Kennedy, Senior Vice President of American Airlines. “We’ve agreed from the onset to do everything in our power to learn both from the success and mistakes of those who’ve gone before us. Many of the most important decisions have already been made.”
U.S Airways executives agree, stressing the passenger experience improvement is necessary to stay in the fight.
“By combining the systems of American and U.S. Airways, the new American Airlines will build the system our passengers wants,” said Executive VP for U. S. Airways Stephen Johnson. “One that will compete vigorously with the networks of Delta and Northwest and with low cost carriers like Jet Blue and Southwest.”
Airline executives say by 2015 they project the two airlines will save $1 billion dollars by merging.
The Justice Department is reviewing the merger to make sure it complies with antitrust law.