I've been hoping somehow this merger will fall apart. As a loyal customer of United Airlines for many years, I'm fearful that my two favorite things about United will disappear: Economy Plus seating and Channel 9. Economy Plus seating makes a huge difference on any flight. You are talking about the delta between a 30-31 inch pitch for a regular economy seat versus 34-36 inch pitch for a United E+ seat. Channel 9 just makes flying more fun. I remember when I used to be a nervous flier, Channel 9 really made me feel better.
I've had good experiences with Continental for the most part with the exception of the awful seats they use on the 737s.
Let's hope the new management team preserves the best parts of both companies.