The FAA has granted American Airlines (AA) and US Airways a single operating certificate (SOC), recognising the two carriers as one airline.
Since announcing their merger in 2013, the carriers have spent the past 18 months integrating their operations and combining operating policies and procedures.
The SOC recognises their combined flight, maintenance and dispatch procedures, enabling the carriers to submit only one set of paperwork to the regulator in future.
AA also confirmed air traffic control will now refer to all of its and US Airways’ flights with the call sign “American”, dropping US Airways’ “Cactus” call sign.
Robert Isom, AA’s chief operating officer, said getting the SOC was “an important step” towards the carriers becoming a fully integrated airline.