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Do You Like The CO/UA Merge?  
User currently offlinekurbitur From Iceland, joined May 2010, 66 posts, RR: 0
Posted (3 years 9 months 1 week 4 hours ago) and read 4730 times:

Is it just me or are there anyone else who doesn´t like the Continental/United merge?
I´ll miss Continental as it is and also United and the UA livery

United is (was) so giant and massive airline and all the UA idendity
And I also find the new United livery in CO colors a bit awkward.... but maybe I´ll get used to it later on

What do you think?

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User currently offlineStyle From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2006, 263 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (3 years 9 months 1 week 4 hours ago) and read 4682 times:

You'd be surprised how much of an impact keeping the logo and colors can actually have. I think once all the planes are painted and the airport stations updated to reflect the 'new' United, the feel will be more Continental-esque, than old UA.

In terms of hubs and reach of this new carrier, it is in a league of its own. Not even DL can say it has hubs in essentially all the 'top' markets in the USA. Its route network truely is global


User currently offlineBRJ From United States of America, joined Jul 2008, 263 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (3 years 9 months 1 week 4 hours ago) and read 4665 times:

Not particularly...I much prefer Continental over United, although it's been several years since i've flown United. I really hate that Continental left SkyTeam!

User currently offlineSESGDL From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 3464 posts, RR: 10
Reply 3, posted (3 years 9 months 1 week 4 hours ago) and read 4617 times:

Quoting Reply 1):

In terms of hubs and reach of this new carrier, it is in a league of its own. Not even DL can say it has hubs in essentially all the 'top' markets in the USA. Its route network truely is global

DL also can't say that they face formidable competition at nearly every one of their hubs either. Being a "major player in large markets" is both a good thing and a bad thing. DL has DTW, MSP, and MEM all to themselves, for the most part.

I hate the UA/CO merger. I think both airlines had good products and the cultures together don't seem to fit. This was not a merger of necessity and it will only lead to fewer airlines and higher fares. Two thumbs way down.

Jeremy


User currently offlineflyguy89 From United States of America, joined Feb 2009, 1888 posts, RR: 9
Reply 4, posted (3 years 9 months 1 week 3 hours ago) and read 4544 times:

No. But then again I don't really like airline mergers in general. Management can spin it all they want about how great it's going to be and how the two airlines are coming together to form a new one, but there's always one airline that loses out and it really grinds my gears that we will never see the likes of CO or NW ever again, companies that have been built up and been around for 70+ years.

User currently offlinekurbitur From Iceland, joined May 2010, 66 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (3 years 9 months 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 4502 times:

I don´t like mergers in general too.... you´ll miss both airlines, usually the new identity is always worse then the "good old" one...

I don´t care if Zlobowonitsky Airline merge with Air Rusky Siberia or some small airline but when some big fishes merge I always find a regret


User currently offlinechepos From Puerto Rico, joined Dec 2000, 6201 posts, RR: 11
Reply 6, posted (3 years 9 months 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 4467 times:

Don't like it at all, many people will loose thier jobs (from both sides CO and UAL), fares will go up, and who knows in the long run how well these two are going to mesh. These mega mergers are good only for the boys and gals on top, the employees just get the brunt and backlash of things.

Regards,

Chepos



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User currently offlineTOMMY767 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 6584 posts, RR: 11
Reply 7, posted (3 years 9 months 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 4465 times:

I'll be watching it closely. Every time I see the UA new colors in the CO logos, I want to puke. It's horrible and I think it's a definite branding mistake. They should have just come up with something new altogether. But the network is incredible.

If they are doing things that I'm not liking in the long run, that's fine, I'll stick with DL. It seems DL is doing many things right at the current moment anyway.



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User currently offlineGenYBusTrvlr From United States of America, joined Jul 2010, 261 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (3 years 9 months 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 4407 times:

I like it for the network. Great for business travel. I hope mileage plus survives! It's a great program.

User currently offline777ER From New Zealand, joined Dec 2003, 12082 posts, RR: 18
Reply 9, posted (3 years 9 months 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 4404 times:
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Quoting kurbitur (Thread starter):
I´ll miss Continental as it is and also United and the UA livery

I'll miss seeing the blue UA livery. I would have liked to have tried CO before the CO name goes but guess I'll have to try and get on an ex CO bird during a US trip


User currently offline113312 From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 569 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (3 years 9 months 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 4376 times:

Not happy. Continental management has been more successful and customer oriented. UA talks a lot, but delivers little. As a consequence of this merger, there will be far more top tier elite members and no additional seats per plane for upgrade. On my last trip, there were 3 seats in First remaining and 40 elites on standby for them.

Over the past 8 years, UA leveraged their poor financial health to cut pay and benefits to employees while passing along the savings to the customers. While that might sound great, the customer now pays for baggage and food as well as upgrade to legitimate coach legroom. Most regular travelers would prefer to pay a realistic fare for full service and professional crews both on the ground and in the air.

While the management positions now place the CO CEO at the top of the combined operation, he only recently took over the post at CO and all he has proven to the customers is that he can orchestrate a merger.


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