Having grown up in Arizona, I for one will be sad to see AWA's logo disappear from the skies. I really love their 757s with the special schemes (Diamondbacks, Cardinals, Teamwork: Coast to Coast, Ohio, Arizona, Nevada).
I'm not sure what to make of this, both airlines don't score high with travelers, US is still losing money like some left the water running, AWA is worth next to nothing and facing cash problems themselves. Its like taking two crappie airlines and making one crappie airline. One also must think that US is counting on UAL going under, its almost a slap in the face to their code share which was highly touted as the perfect West/East coast alliance. It will be very interesting to see if they can pull this off. For the employees sake I hope they do.
I wouldn't say AWA is "worth next to nothing." They've had their share of difficulties in the past, but they have really turned things around with Doug Parker at the reins, and their image is returning to a more favorable position in Arizona and the rest of the West Coast. Parker is a real savvy guy, and he wouldn't be pushing for this merger if there wasn't something positive that could come of it. I'm glad he will lead the "new" US Airways.
This merger is gonna take some time to get used to for a lot of West Coast people....US Airways currently has such a small presence out there, while AWA is huge. It'll definitely be weird to go the roof of the parking garage at Terminal 4 at PHX and see nothing but US Airways planes parked at the gates.