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Another day, another big merger in the skies: On Monday, Southwest Airlines announced that it had scooped up rival AirTran Airways, the second such acquisition this month after United and Continental joined forces.

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Shareholders of Continental and United Airlines have finally voted to form a more perfect United Airlines, merging the two companies under United's name to create the world's largest airline service, overtaking its closest U.S. rival -- the newly merged Delta and Northwest Airlines -- and European carriers.

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