Proposed Merger of USAirways with Delta

Nov 16th, 2006, 08:50 AM
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I hope it does not happen. It has the potential to muck up all of us who are longtime Delta customers and are used to SkyTeam partners, if US Air comes in and changes things.

I'm concerned about the Delta/Skyteam partner FF tix I already hold for May to/from Europe. If it does happen, I hope they wait until after I get back!!!
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Nov 16th, 2006, 09:06 AM
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I'm waiting for the day that Southwest figures out how to do hops from the U.S. to Europe in their 737s. Then we have a constantly profitable airline driving all the "big boys" nuts.

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Nov 16th, 2006, 09:19 AM
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Re USAirways website still not working: I tried to book domestic flight on it couple days ago and was unable. Called them, and they told me they don't support Mozilla Firefox, so I had to go into Microsoft Explorer to complete the purchase. I said I'd used MF many times in past, and they said that changed after merge with Southwest. As others are saying, I can't imagine how messed up this could be with another major merge/takeover.
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Nov 16th, 2006, 12:40 PM
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A few weeks ago I spoke with a Delta pilot who predicted exactly what is happening this week.

In his view (not mine), the draconian measures Delta executives were carrying out were aimed at one objective: cut expenses and restore balance sheet profit.

As soon as the airline was showing a profit, the current CEO and his team would in effect sell the airline and then profit greatly through contract buyouts.

That is exactly what has happened.

The only aspect of the take over I can see is that what had once been a good airline would totally disappear.

If US Airways fixes Delta like it is fixing us up after the merger with America West, then we will have all the bad aspects of a virtual monopoly and none of the advantages of competition.

The only positive I can see is that the loss of Delta headquarters in Atlanta might give AirTran a chance to expand.

It will be the only effective competition in Atlanta to a US-Deltoid.
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Nov 16th, 2006, 01:07 PM
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But AirTran doesn't fly international, so that does not help us Southeasterners who rely on Atlanta as a hub.

I grew up in Atlanta and lived there until fairly recently; the idea of Delta leaving Atlanta is unfathomable. It's as Atlanta as Coca-Cola.
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Nov 16th, 2006, 01:22 PM
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The word around CLT seems to be that the Atlanta hub would remain, and CLT would take the hit, being downsized and losing many non-stops.
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Nov 16th, 2006, 01:25 PM
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AirTran does not fly internationally right now. Give it a chance to expand.
Right now AT management sees no reason to compete in that market. It is still working on developing US routes.

I just recently flew ATL = BWI with AirTran. No complaints at all.
Bad weather delayed the incoming airplane, so we were a little late leaving, but that's show biz in November.

Baltimore is becoming a seond hub for Air Tran. I don't know the plans, but I wonder when AT will start BWI to LAX flights??
Indianapolis has LAX flights. Why not BWI??

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