Southwest Airlinesâ€™ proposed merger with AirTran Airways sets up the low-cost giantâ€™s growth plans for the next decade, and allows it to add both small U.S. markets and international destinations to its network. The deal, valued at $1.4-billion in stock and cash, will also create a domestic powerhouse that will rival the worldâ€™s largest operators in size of fleet and employees, if approved by regulators and shareholders, With 685 active aircraft, the new airline will serve more than ...
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