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Will Southwest Ever Be Bought?  
User currently offlineMCOtoATL From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 474 posts, RR: 4
Posted (16 years 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 2337 times:

I am sure that there is an easy explanation to this. With all of the rumors and talks about possible mergers, no one mentions Southwest at all. Why is that? Personally, I would like to see SW stand alone, for it nicely fills a niche. But every other airline come sup when talking about possible mergers, take-overs, etc...

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User currently offlineMatt d From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 9502 posts, RR: 43
Reply 1, posted (16 years 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 2214 times:

I don't think that has even a grain of possibility. Southwest is way too popular and successful. They have such a powerful image that the public outcry alone will almost guarantee that anyone that thought about buying them out would reconsider.

User currently offlineAvion From Bouvet Island, joined May 1999, 2205 posts, RR: 6
Reply 2, posted (16 years 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 2202 times:

No airline can buy Southwest because the company is worth to much. It would have one of the highest aquisation costs.


User currently offline777x From United States of America, joined Dec 2014, 432 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (16 years 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 2178 times:

Actually, I think that you guys overlooked the most important reason Southwest won't be bought ---

It's structured so differently from a traditional airline that any takeover/merger would destroy it's very reason for being - it would never work, and the majors know that.

User currently offlineRL757PVD From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 4938 posts, RR: 11
Reply 4, posted (16 years 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 2166 times:

If anything SW would be the Buyer!! thoguh there arent too many all 737 fleet airlines and if they ever bought one different it would have to have a basic fleet.

Experience is what you get when what you thought would work out didn't!
User currently offlineC72 From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (16 years 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 2159 times:

How about SWA buying Alaska and dumping the Alaska MD-80's and keeping the 737's?


User currently offlineSWA737-500 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (16 years 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 2162 times:

Eastwind would have been more logical.

User currently offlineAmir From Syria, joined Dec 1999, 1254 posts, RR: 10
Reply 7, posted (16 years 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 2147 times:


777X got it to the point, the issue with SW is rather it's unique structure especially the fact that it doesn't operate a hub! out of all US majors (and world majors) there is no one other than SW flying point to point.

Long live SW anf Herp Kelleher!

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