United and Continental Come Together to Form Airline Superpower

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United Airlines and Continental Airlines will join forces to create the world’s biggest airline after agreeing to a $3 billion merger, the Times is reporting tonight. The company will be run by Continental’s top executive, Jeffrey A. Smisek, but keep the United name (bummer, we were hoping for a celebrity couple-style "U-nental" name). An official announcement is expected tomorrow. [NYT]