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Delta and American Airlines merger could create biggest carrier in Hawai‘i

January 26, 2012
The Maui Weekly

Delta Air Lines has been considering a bid for AMR Corp.-the parent of American Airlines. If the deal goes through, the merger could theoretically become bigger than United, which is currently the state's busiest airline.

Delta recently hired Blackstone Group to evaluate a potential purchase of Fort Worth-based AMR, which filed for bankruptcy in November 2011. Another company, private equity TPG Capital, is also currently considering a bid for AMR.

Delta became the world's largest carrier when it merged with Northwest. It was the third busiest airline in Hawai'i in 2010 with 1.2 million passengers, according to a report released by PBN Research. The forth busiest was American, with 800,000 passengers.

Hawaiian is the second busiest at 1.4 million passengers and United is the first with 1.75 million passengers.

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