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Which Airlines Would You Merge?  
User currently offlineFlymusic From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (9 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 3901 times:

Given the power and money to do so, which airlines would you merge to form a giant?

30 replies: All unread, showing first 25:
 
User currently offlineAerlingus330 From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2004, 834 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (9 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 3898 times:

Aer Lingus and British Midland, It probably would not make a giant. So, Virgin Atlantic would make it become one of the Worlds Greatest Transatlantic Airlines.

AerLingus330



Aer Lingus Airbus A330-300
User currently offlineB742 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2005, 3766 posts, RR: 19
Reply 2, posted (9 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 3890 times:

I would like to see UA,CO,US,DL,NW and AA all to merge to create a massive US airline Big grin

Otherwise I would like to see EK and Bmi to merge, all of EK's financial power could go into Bmi Big grin

Rob!


User currently offlineJM017 From Jamaica, joined Jun 2002, 1227 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (9 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 3890 times:

I have this fantasy that one day the governments of Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago will get together and realize that the best way for JM and BW to survive would be to merge. If it were in my power, I would merge these two airline (and maybe entice Liat to join as well) to create a feasible caribbean airline. set up hubs in Barbados and at one of the Jamaican airports. I also fantasize that this airline will try to attract the premium-paying high yield passengers and not the bottom-dollar paying tourists.


"It's okay to cheat, if you just really don't like to lose."
User currently offlineBCNGRO From Andorra, joined Oct 2004, 584 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (9 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days ago) and read 3884 times:

IB and FR. Thus, they would not argue about the subsidies issue anymore. Anyway, nobody would notice the difference in service when flying one or the other airline...  stirthepot 


At the bus station, buses stop. At the train station, trains stop. At my desk, I have a work station.
User currently offlineJm017 From Jamaica, joined Jun 2002, 1227 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (9 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days ago) and read 3881 times:

For a giant carrier, i would merge AA, BA and MH.


"It's okay to cheat, if you just really don't like to lose."
User currently offlineKC135R From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 725 posts, RR: 4
Reply 6, posted (9 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 3873 times:

DL, NW, CO! I would call them Delta Intercontinental - or something like that - to reflect their global presence. Plus it pays homage to DL and CO, the NW name has to go since it implies such a small portion of the world.

They would have coverage throughout the US and a strong presence in Asia and Europe as well. NW's profitable, AFAIK, cargo business wouldn't hurt either. Some fleet commonality issues since NW has strayed from the Boeing stable and CO and DL have only Boeing airplanes. One thing not helping DL right now is their lack of a strong international presence - where big money can be made. I know they have decent flights to Europe, but in Asia there are not many. NW, on the other hand, has a large Pacific presence, which will be complimented by CO's presence in Micronesia. Perhaps with this new company, they could expand more into South America and the Middle East as well, to be truly global, in a big way.


User currently offlineBurnsie28 From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 7526 posts, RR: 8
Reply 7, posted (9 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 3830 times:

Quoting KC135R (Reply 6):
DL, NW, CO! I would call them Delta Intercontinental - or something like that - to reflect their global presence. Plus it pays homage to DL and CO, the NW name has to go since it implies such a small portion of the world.

Except for the fact that NW is a well know name not only in North America, but Asia, more so important then CO or DL.



"Some People Just Know How To Fly"- Best slogan ever, RIP NW 1926-2009
User currently offlineDoona From Sweden, joined Feb 2005, 3764 posts, RR: 13
Reply 8, posted (9 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 3820 times:

JAL and ANA. Together they would become the world's largest operator of the 747! (I think around 105 or something...)

Or, LH and SK. SK needs better leadership... (and more money  cry  Wink

Cheers
Mats



Sure, we're concerned for our lives. Just not as concerned as saving 9 bucks on a roundtrip to Ft. Myers.
User currently offlineBA380 From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 1466 posts, RR: 8
Reply 9, posted (9 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 3789 times:

bmi and VS

BWIA and Air Jamaica

DBA and LTU



cabin crew: doors to automatic and cross-check...
User currently offlineFlymusic From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 3742 times:

Quoting JM017 (Reply 3):
I have this fantasy that one day the governments of Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago will get together and realize that the best way for JM and BW to survive would be to merge. If it were in my power, I would merge these two airline (and maybe entice Liat to join as well) to create a feasible caribbean airline. set up hubs in Barbados and at one of the Jamaican airports. I also fantasize that this airline will try to attract the premium-paying high yield passengers and not the bottom-dollar paying tourists.

Come to think of it, it's not a bad idea. But what are the possibilities of it actually happening?

My choice would be TA,Lan Chile,MX, and NW. Inmagine that. And to top it off, start up a seperate cargo company.

[Edited 2005-05-25 01:12:27]

[Edited 2005-05-25 01:13:20]

User currently offlineKC135TopBoom From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 12128 posts, RR: 52
Reply 11, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 3735 times:

DL and WN, then go head to head against AA and the Wright Admendment.
 bigthumbsup 


User currently offlineBA380 From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 1466 posts, RR: 8
Reply 12, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 3721 times:

actually, the more I think about it -- bmi and Aer Lingus. Both are now offering similar short haul (LCC style) systems and both have small (subscale) 330 long haul ops. Merge them and you would begin to have a (slightly) more plausible long haul strategy: with one stop, Irish and UK customers could fly to Antigua, St Lucia, Barbados, New York, Chicago, Washington, Boston, Vegas and LAX plus India. That's better than current.


cabin crew: doors to automatic and cross-check...
User currently offlineHardiwv From Brazil, joined Oct 2004, 8780 posts, RR: 50
Reply 13, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 3714 times:

VARIG and TAM.

Rgs,


User currently offlineRODOL From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 3710 times:

If only there was an airline called Cunni air, I would be sure to merge it with Aer Lingus!! Wink

User currently offlineSLC1 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 3705 times:

AA/DL should move in together as should CO/UA, they have a lot in common, now that US is starting to hang around with that HP fella. Afterwards, let NW hang out by himself. Then there's AS who has a bunch of friends but would rather stick to himself, and WN can go sit in the corner letting his stacks of money keep him company.

User currently offlineAA777 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 2544 posts, RR: 28
Reply 16, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 3690 times:
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Hmm.... I would merge EK, QF, AA, BA & ANA for a Giant International Airline that flies basically EVERYWHERE.

If it were just two.... I'd merge ANA & SIA to form "Pan-Asian Airways"

-AA777


User currently offlineRCS763AV From Colombia, joined Jun 2004, 4387 posts, RR: 12
Reply 17, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 3672 times:

Mega carriers:

AV-CO-RG-BA-DL
AF-AZ-KL-MH
JL-OZ-TG-NW
QF-NZ-Air Pacific-AC

Nice medium carriers:

CM-P5-AM
MX-AR



Les escribo desde el frío de mi verde altiplano.
User currently offlineJm017 From Jamaica, joined Jun 2002, 1227 posts, RR: 1
Reply 18, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day ago) and read 3638 times:

Quoting Flymusic (Reply 10):
Come to think of it, it's not a bad idea. But what are the possibilities of it actually happening?

The chances are slim to nil, unfortunately. Mostly because of foolish pride.



"It's okay to cheat, if you just really don't like to lose."
User currently offlineIcarus75 From France, joined Oct 2003, 796 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (9 years 1 month 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 3559 times:

Quoting RODOL (Reply 14):
If only there was an airline called Cunni air, I would be sure to merge it with Aer Lingus!!

 rotfl   rotfl   rotfl   rotfl   rotfl   rotfl   rotfl   rotfl   rotfl   rotfl 



Flying is amazing!
User currently offlineFlagshipAZ From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 3419 posts, RR: 14
Reply 20, posted (9 years 1 month 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 3559 times:

Some of my thoughts, but from a fleet compatibility standpoint only.

JetBlue & Frontier...all Airbus narrowbodies.
Northwest & United...mostly Pratt power.
American & Delta...imagine all those MD twins together in one fleet!
Alaska & AirTran...lots of 717s & 737NGs. A very young fleet.
America West & ATA...just for the hell of it. Big grin

Regards.  Wink



"Beer is living proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy." --Ben Franklin
User currently offlineGmidy From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2005, 48 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (9 years 1 month 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 3546 times:

I would merge Easyjet with the world, ahh cheap tickets for all! Big grin Would need to pick a new livery though!


Lawrence
User currently offlineKSJC30R From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 13 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (9 years 1 month 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 3539 times:

I have been wanting to see NW and US hook up. Seems to make the most sense to me based on route structure and a/c type. Even after HP + US, it's still not a bad idea.

SJ


User currently offlineBurnsie28 From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 7526 posts, RR: 8
Reply 23, posted (9 years 1 month 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 3507 times:

Quoting FlagshipAZ (Reply 20):
Northwest & United...mostly Pratt power.

UA's airbuses are powered by RR, not CFM's.



"Some People Just Know How To Fly"- Best slogan ever, RIP NW 1926-2009
User currently offlineHAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31660 posts, RR: 56
Reply 24, posted (9 years 3 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 3461 times:

Out here def AI & IC.
regds
MEL



Think of the brighter side!
25 767-332ER : Since when did they offer a RR powered Airbus A320/A319?? The United A32x's are powered by IAE. FlagshipAZ is only saying "mostly pratt" because of t
26 Swisskloten : VS and BA! See how long they last! Then, have Her Majesty's finest (the SAS) try to survive one week with them! And put it on skyONE!
27 Swissgabe : Air Koryo and Cubana, hehehe ... another cool mix would be: Swiss and Austrian Malaysia Airlines and Singapore Airlines Qatar Airways and Biman Bangla
28 WesternA318 : How about an AS/F9/FL combo? How cool would that be?
29 AirEuropeUK733 : In the good old days - how about Air Europe and BCal - then throw in Dan-Air London for good measure. This would have created a real competitor to BA
30 Post contains images Anxebla : Now, think the name of that massive airline Seriously, the more mergers, the less choice for the passenger.
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