How the Continental-United merger will affect business travelershttp://www.usatoday.com/travel/columnist/grossman/2010-05-04-continental-united-merger_N.htmUnited Airlines CEO's turbulent journey ends in triumphant touchdown with Continentalhttp://www.latimes.com/business/nationworld/wire/ct-biz-0502-united-tilton--20100502,0,3737695.storyWorkers, passengers wary over airline mergerhttp://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/business/6986823.htmlThe World's Airlines. Past, Present & Futurehttp://www.airlinehistory.co.uk/Airline Mealshttp://www.airlinemeals.net/index.phpLarge mergers in the business world are quite common occurrences, and this week, consultants, travelers and those in the airline industry saw a doozy of a merger announced. This Monday, Jeffrey A. Smisek, the chairman of Continental Airlines, and Glenn F. Tilton, the chairman of United Airlines, gathered in Manhattan at a news conference to announce that United would be purchasing Continental. It is a landmark deal, and one that is valued at well over $3 billion. Two years ago, the airlines had entered into talks of a merger, but Continental was initially nervous due to United's rather marginalized financial condition. While industry analysts see this as a sign of increased strength and financial resiliency of the American airline systems, there are some who are concerned abut what this might mean for the average traveler. Certainly, this merger will give this new airline the ability to compete more effectively for the frequent business traveler, but it could also mean that others may lose out, hubs are relocated, and certain routes are eliminated. The merger still has to go through federal review, and it will not be completed entirely until the year 2013.The first link will take users to a news article on the merger from this Monday's New York Times. The second link leads to a helpful article from this Tuesday's USA Today from the pen of David Grossman, who reports on the ways in which the merger might affect business travelers. Moving on, the third link will take interested parties to a story from the Los Angeles Times about Tilton and his time at United Airlines. The fourth link leads to an article from Sunday's Houston Chronicle about how the merger will affect Continental's employees in Houston and the general quality of service at that airport. The fifth link offers a fun journey through the world of airlines, past and present. Visitors can browse around the site to learn about long-gone airlines and also the history of different airline hubs. The sixth link leads to what can only best described as the "world's largest and leading website about nothing but airline food!"


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