The merger of the two airlines will see the approximate 600 aircraft of American and the 350 of US Airways being merged. The near 1,000 aircraft will represent some five percent of the active jet fleet. However, the U.S. market no longer dominates the world’s fleet. In 2003, according to Jet Information Services data the U.S. fleet comprised some 5,400 jet aircraft out of a world fleet of 12,800 or 42 percent; last year the U.S. jet fleet comprised approximately 6,600 aircraft out of a fleet of over 21,000 or 31 percent. Consequently, the merger is unlikely to have such a significant impact on levels of availability unless entire fleets are subject to elimination.
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