Proposed airline merger raises questions but few changes expected

05/19/2010 | New York Times (tiered subscription model), The

The announcement that Continental Airlines and United Airlines have proposed merging has sparked a variety of questions and concerns from consumers. Experts say the airlines were more like partners instead of competitors before the announcement, having used a code-share agreement to align their flights. "The average person thinks that when you put a merger together it eliminates one competitor, but in this case it's basically eliminating a brand name, not a competitor," said Michael Boyd, an airline consultant with Boyd Group International. Still, questions remain.

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