DTWNWA From United States of America, joined May 2003, 171 posts, RR: 0 Reply 1, posted (9 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 1286 times:
Anderson said something very interesting: The number of legacy carriers could drop to three from the current six. Any idea on how many network carriers we say 10 years ago and how many have been acquired or bought?
OzarkD9S From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 4680 posts, RR: 24 Reply 2, posted (9 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 1223 times:
In a sense we're already down to 3 legacy carriers: United/USAirways, Continental/Delta/Northwest, and American. The six carriers have already "merged" into 3 groupings.
How much further these groupings blend is up for discussion.
It is my belief that 3 global alliances, Star - oneworld - SkyTeam will affect the local US market as carriers submerge their identity in favor of the globally recognized brand. How long this takes is anyone's guess.
Many carriers have changed their names in the past, after a period of adjustment the new identity became the recognized one.
In a few years we may all be on here reminiscing about Delta, American, United, et al...
And at the risk of using the most over-used and annoying cliche on this forum: only time will tell.