US Airways president Scott Kirby does not have loose lips.
When asked about consolidation in the airline industry, he acknowledged that he can't violate the non-disclosure agreement the carrier has signed with American Airlines' parent company, AMR Corp.
But he reiterated US Airways' management long-standing view that consolidation has been good for the airline industry.
"There is probably one big consolidation left," Kirby said at the Boyd Group International Aviation Summit on Monday. And he would not comment further on whether or not his carrier would be involved in that one last consolidation.
Kirby declined to comment on how long the non-disclosure agreement will last, only acknowledging that American has publicly said it plans to make a decision on a merger or stand-alone plan by the end of the year.
"There is no publicly imposed timeline," Kirby said, declining to say if progress has been made in merger talks with American.
During his Q&A session, Kirby talked about possible international expansion plans with new flights to Sao Paulo and Europe, including one or two flights to Europe out of its Phoenix hub. He also added that plans to expand to Asia are on hold until 2017 when it receives the Airbus A350 which has a longer range.
He also discussed ancillary revenue as his carrier and others are charging passengers for checked bags, preferred seats and early boarding on the aircraft.
"I think of if you’re starting the airline from scratch what would you do? I think we can migrate to that world," Kirby said. "You wouldn’t give away free food, free drinks, free bags. You would also charge more for the best seats just like every sports venue, every theater. Everyone charges more for better seats in the house...we have so much history in the airline industry that constrains our thinking."
He added that eventually, every seat on an aircraft has a price attached it, "I certainly see it as possible."