KC135TopBoom From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 12181 posts, RR: 51 Posted (9 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 4679 times:
Will TZ and WN merge? They could call themselves TWNZ (twins?), LOL.
This gets WN into the bigger US Military Contracts, and a little fleet diversification. It also gets them into DFW and around the Wright Admendment, while at the same time maintianing their hebs at DAL and MDW.
DfwRevolution From United States of America, joined Jan 2010, 1001 posts, RR: 51
Reply 1, posted (9 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 4677 times:
Quoting KC135TopBoom (Thread starter): It also gets them into DFW and around the Wright Admendment, while at the same time maintianing their hebs at DAL and MDW.
They are currently trying to avoid that like the plauge, doing so would literally give ammunition to DFW to use against themselves. WN has made a point not to expand the WN/TZ codeshare to DFW because they do not want to "confuse" the issue one bit.
I think they will maintain their current status for the time being. If ATA were to completly collapse, WN would likely pick-up certain portions of their domestic opperations only. It doesn't suit them to add x-number of 757 at this time.
Aeroman62 From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 158 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (9 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 4533 times:
WN has acquired, and in one case, absorbed the aircraft and operations of two airlines, namely Muse Air and Morris Air. The great thing about WN is that they'll do what makes sense to make money at any juncture in time, the TZ code share is something no one could have imagined 3 years ago.
It wasn't just aircraft. Morris also was originally set up closely following the Southwest model. There were boarding cards instead of seat assignments, etc. Lots of commonality that made that merger a little easier.
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N77014 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (9 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 4480 times:
Quoting DfwRevolution (Reply 14): Quoting 1MillionFlyer (Reply 10):
I know that Morris especially was a large acquisition, but they were an all 733 fleet. TZ has no fleet commonality.
They opperate 737-800, which have full cockpit commonality with the 737NG opperated by WN. TZ will also begin opperating "classic" 737 this fall. The only lack of commonality is their 757 fleet...
Quoting Airlinerfreak (Reply 7):
Also WN would be making a big mistake by acquiring TZ!!
For what reason?
Quoting 1millionflyer (Reply 4):
WN Will NEVER acquire another airline completely...mark my words on this
And they will never protest the Wright Ammendment
Buying an airline merely to acquire common aircraft is a poor business reason. There has to be inherent value, as what Morris offered to WN when they bought them.
TZ, as I pointed out earlier, offers too many dissimilarities to WN for a merger. Perhaps the closest they would come would be as a separate division, as Muse Air was. The issue of merging certificates, routes, seniority lists, fleet types; a real headache.
Exactly! I think WN will have to change in the future to keep competing with other carriers. As they tend to like smaller, less used cities...this can cause a problem in the future when they run out of markets to go in. I dare say they might have to acquire smaller planes that can be used in even smaller markets....like FAT, BFL, EUG, PSP, etc. They do just fine of course with what they have, but in general you have to keep growing to remain competitive.
This much is true. WN is the Debtor in Posession financing provider for TZ. In lay terms, they are putting up the money for TZ to emerge from bankruptcy, much like Retirement Systems of Alabama did with US. In doing this, they have guarenteed themselves a significant stake in ATA Holdings when they emerge from bankruptcy. So, yes, WN will own at least part of TZ
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SendMEtoLAS From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 66 posts, RR: 1
Reply 24, posted (9 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 4141 times:
Quoting Silver1SWA (Reply 23): At the Message to the Field a few months ago, I think the one thing stressed with the greatest emphasis was that Southwest has absolutely NO INTEREST in buying/mergin with ATA.
I agree. It's not going to happen. A merger for WN doesn't make sense, regardless which carrier it is.
I think TZ is the most likely for a merger for WN, but I think the chances of a WN TZ merger is less than %5.
TZ and WN make money off each other. WN is stronger because their FF don't have to go to UA, US, or NW to fly to LGA, DCA, or MSP.
TZ is marketing flights to HA from 3 west coast cities. WN is going to help make their flights successful.
: The Morris workforce was not integrated into WN in the classic sense of the word. All Morris employees had to interview for positions at Southwest an
: And non-union with no merging of seniority issues to worry of.
: If the US-based airline industry unravels through uncontrolled airline failures, WN will undoubetdly prosper through rapid growth. However, if the in
: WN is not going to introduce ALPA-think into their pilot force. Their in-house union works and ALPA's confrontational style, which would be carried ov