The Merged American and US Airways Is Now the World’s Largest Airline

'The new American' begins trading on the Nasdaq Monday.

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American Airlines and US Airways formally completed their merger Monday, overcoming challenges from the Justice Department and some flyers to form the largest airline in the world.

CEO Doug Parker, formerly of US Airways, rang the bell at the Nasdaq exchange, where the new company will trade under the ticker AAL. The airlines will now spend the next two years or so integrating operations, under the American Airlines name.

“It’s two complex organizations that need to be melded into one over time,” Parker told the Associated Press. “That’s the biggest challenge by far.”

Customers can immediately combine rewards miles from the two airlines, Parker said.