By Bob Weiss, Travel Contributor

BOSTON (CBS) – The completion of the merger of American Airlines and US Airways will bring major changes to Logan Airport starting next year.

The combined airline, which will operate under the American Airlines name, will rank number one in the world in passengers carried.

In Boston, it will challenge JetBlue for the number one ranking.

American Airlines and British Airways are partners in the Oneworld alliance. US Airways will leave the Star Alliance and become a member of Oneworld on March 31 of next year.

The new combined airline will have 6,700 daily flights to 330 destinations in 50 countries.

It will take about two years to fully integrate the operations of both airlines.

Doug Parker, former CEO of US Airways, will assume that position at American. American will maintain its corporate headquarters in Dallas, Texas.

Boston will have the four largest U.S. airlines operating at Logan Airport, including American, Delta, Southwest and United.

The first major change coming to Logan will take place sometime in the first quarter of next year.

United Airlines will move its long-haul flights to a new section of Terminal B from Terminal C.

Former Continental service, now a part of United, will relocate from Terminal A to Terminal B.

Delta Air Lines has recently announced plans to expand flights in Terminal A, including new non-stop flights from Boston to Las Vegas and Los Angeles.

Massport’s current plans also call for an expansion of JetBlue in Terminal C and Southwest in Terminal E.

The four major carriers will all scramble to attract more business travelers which should mean lower fares in the next two years as corporate contracts come up for renewal.

Logan Airport will handle 30 million passengers this year, which is a new record. With new domestic and international flights, that figure should increase by about five percent in 2014.

Bob Weiss reports on business travel on Mondays at 5:55 a.m. on WBZ NewsRadio 1030.



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