Azul320 From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 281 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (9 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 2222 times:
Sounds like a topic for Sex in the City...
Many carriers have swallowed up other airlines. NONE of which are making money I might add. So size must not matter, it's the motion in the ocean...but it takes a long time to get to England in a row boat.
Tbanger From Australia, joined Jul 2004, 266 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (9 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 2191 times:
Ansett was bought by Air New Zealand and look how that turned out. No offence ANZ or Ansett fans, BUT ANZ was quite small and extremely efficient in it's operation and Ansett was the bleeding giant. It was doomed from the start. Unfortuneately for me, I was with them when it all went pair shaped.
Ewr767 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 95 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (9 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 2135 times:
We just a leter from gordon stating that he would like to merge co with ua. But that ua wasnt interested. Here is party of an email i recieved.
he has had talks with UA about a merger but, so far, they aren't
>interested. he said they are still in deep denial about their situation and
>that they would have to face reality and do what needs to be done before we
>would be interested. he said their staffing is bad and that they have 3
>pilots when they only need 2 or 2.5. he said if things worked out (about
>20% chance) a combined CO/UA would crush everyone else. his drift was that
>we would come in at the very last moment as a "white knight" and put it
Goingboeing From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 4875 posts, RR: 16
Reply 7, posted (9 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days ago) and read 2116 times:
Delta and Western
AA and TWA
TWA and Ozark
Northwest and Republic
As far as CO and UA....I really don't see Gordon going in and taking on the burden of becoming a "white knight" for anybody. That's not to say he wouldn't be the first at the doors of the fire sale. How would he handle the seniority issues? He'd either have a bunch of pissed of "new" employees from UA, or a bunch of pissed off "old" employees at CO. And that's just for starters. I don't think he'd be willing to put CO deep in debt by taking on the debts and obligations of United. If he does....then his legacy as one of the greatest CEO's ever would be greatly diminished. But....the man does have an ego...so the question is...would the ego outweigh common sense.
WesternA318 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 5673 posts, RR: 24
Reply 9, posted (9 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 2044 times:
So far really, the only ones have been, Texas Int'l and Conitnental.
Delta was almost the same size, albeit a tad bigger that Western when the merger happened.
AA was already the biggest airline in the world when it bought out TWA.
TWA was several times larger than Ozark when they tied the knot.
Northwest and republic were virtually the same size (albeit NW was MUCH more int'l than domestic, and vice versa for Republic).
IMHO, CO buying out UA would not seem possible, seeing as to how Gordon has already just meshed things out at CO due to a merger almost that size (Remember, CO bought Peoplexpress, New York Air, PBA and Fronter and merged them all in one day.) Gordo would have his hands extremely full, and it would just be a repeat of the CO/Texas Air disaster.
SHUPirate1 From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 3670 posts, RR: 16
Reply 10, posted (9 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 2021 times:
WesternA318-I'm pretty sure that, when American bought TWA, that United was bigger than them, and United would have regained that spot if they had completed their ill-fated acquisition attempt of US Airways...
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