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NW+Delta: End Of The Memphis Hub  
User currently offlineDavid31998 From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 79 posts, RR: 0
Posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 9722 times:

It seems like a NW-Delta merger will threaten the Memphis hub. Memphis has served NW well, but in the event of a merger, it is too near Atlanta to continue to operate as it does now. If NW pulls the Memphis hub, it will present a good opportunity for Southwest to expand its market in that region. Do others see it playing out that way?

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User currently offlineFalstaff From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 6181 posts, RR: 31
Reply 1, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 9682 times:
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I could see that happening. MEM is the smallest of the hubs and ATL is reasonably close by. It could turn into a focus city like IND. I could see WN or another LCC moving in there. I am no expert, but I can see that or something similar happening.


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User currently offlineDrerx7 From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 5209 posts, RR: 8
Reply 2, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 9686 times:

I'm sure you'd see WN move into MEM in a big way--or even JetBlue.


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User currently offlineLuv2fly From United States of America, joined May 2003, 12150 posts, RR: 49
Reply 3, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 9677 times:

Not only that with CVG being somewhat close to DTW! It would be safe to assume that CVG would be affected as well.


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User currently offlineDrerx7 From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 5209 posts, RR: 8
Reply 4, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 9673 times:

Quoting Luv2fly (Reply 3):
Not only that with CVG being somewhat close to DTW! It would be safe to assume that CVG would be affected as well.

But CVG makes money for DL so it would probably be retained.



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User currently offlineSrbmod From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 9646 times:

In the few years prior to the Northwest/Republic merger, Republic had pretty much pulled down its' hub @ ATL (Holdover from the Southern days) and concentrated on their MEM hub (Also an former Southern hub) because of Delta's and Eastern's near stranglehold @ ATL (Southern/Republic was always the little runt to those two @ ATL).

If a DL/NW tie-up were to happen, MEM would probably see its' role as a hub reduced to flights to the remaining hubs post-merger and perhaps a handful of other cities.

It would present an opportunity for a number of airlines. Southwest (of course) immediately comes to mind. Perhaps JetBlue, Frontier, or even Spirit would look into some sort of operations out of MEM. Frontier has been long rumored to be looking for somewhere east of the Mississippi in which to build some sort of hub (although the marketing tie-up with AirTran may have put those plans on the backburner). I also wouldn't be surprised if a few startups tried to base themselves out of MEM.


User currently offlineASEFlyer From United States of America, joined Dec 2006, 163 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 9587 times:

This, in my opinion brings to mind very paralell antitrust issues when compared with a DL/US merger. So many of the routes covered out of MEM are duplicated in ATL, thus reducing two carriers serving a city to one in a number of destinations particularly those in the SE(I know Tupelo, MS is served only by DL/NW, resulting in no fare competition, I am sure there are others). While I know the magnitude of ATL CLT overlap is not as much as ATL MEM, it would still be quite a blow.

What about the areas for which NW is the only carrier such as Greenville, MS? Would DL add flights to ATL or would these cities fall off of the map?


User currently offlineEvan767 From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 2957 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 9577 times:

Quoting Drerx7 (Reply 4):
But CVG makes money for DL so it would probably be retained.

It is extremely costly to fly out of CVG though.

I see:
CVG and MEM go away.
ATL stays as the bread basket hub.
JFK stays as second European hub to ATL.
DTW stays as a good transcon hub (Such as what CVG would have been to DL).
MSP stays as a good Asia hub.
SLC stays as a good western hub.



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User currently offlineASEFlyer From United States of America, joined Dec 2006, 163 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 9538 times:

If CVG and MEM go away where are they going to serve small cities in Indiana, Kentucky, Arkansas, Missouri, etc? Will they just change these flights to DTW? Certainly a feasible option, kind of illustrates how much unneccessary duplicity there is in this industry...

So, what will the long-term result of reducing competition in the markets served by both DL/NW? Will the fares go up?


User currently offlineCIDflyer From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 2362 posts, RR: 3
Reply 9, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 9521 times:

It's probably a given that MEM will go in the event of a DL/NW tie up. I've always enjoyed connecting thru there on NW, the airport seems to have a certain southern charm to it, and the recent renovations with the rotunda area look nice, not to mention that sweet smell of BBQ the permeates the terminal, so it would be sad to see the hub go. I posted this question in the other thread but did not receive a response so I'll ask again, would they perhaps consider maybe keeping MEM as a reliever hub to ATL in the south (similar to AA at STL relieving ORD)? The hub itself today is not very big anyways (with about 200 daily flights, some focus cities for airlines have that many flights). I have heard that since FedEx keeps their major hub there it keeps the cost of operating a hub for NW relatively minimal. Just a thought...

User currently offlineSTT757 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 16908 posts, RR: 51
Reply 10, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 9497 times:

I think Memphis would do well post NWA, it will not have the Amsterdam or Mexico flights but most fares for most flyers would probably benefit from the introduction of more competition vis a vis WN, FL etc..

WN and FL could do alot with MEM.



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User currently offlineASEFlyer From United States of America, joined Dec 2006, 163 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 9464 times:

Quoting CIDflyer (Reply 9):
would they perhaps consider maybe keeping MEM as a reliever hub to ATL in the south (similar to AA at STL relieving ORD)?

I have to say I like this idea. I think the more likely result would be keeping the CVG hub to act in such a capacity as it is "sort of" halfway between DTW and ATL, has a much bigger employee base, nicer facility etc. NWA leaving memphis would be a huge blow to their economy, a lot of people would be unemployed, Pinnancle would probably cease to exist, the transportation and cargo industry are mainstays in the area, other than that there isn't much more. At least it would still have those giant fedex planes gracing the delta (not the airline) sky.

Hopefully the headquarters of the new mega airline would remain in ATL, I would hate to see my little airline from MLU move out of the South.


User currently offlineJmc1975 From Israel, joined Sep 2000, 3315 posts, RR: 15
Reply 12, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 9390 times:

NW and DL are two airlines that certainly need lessons from the likes of US, B6, FL and WN in terms of right-pricing their product to optimize and maximize O&D and revenue generation. Unless US takes over either NW or DL, a combined NW/DL would go down together like the Titanic. NW simply does not serve well (in fact they rape) the local consumers of MSP, DTW and MEM with sky high fares, but they appeal greatly to the Jerry Springer crowd connecting at those hubs at rock-bottom fares. The same could be said for DL at CVG, and to a lesser extent, ATL and SLC. With that said, the demise of a combined NW/DL will ensure stability for the remaining carriers for decades to come.


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User currently offlineLuv2fly From United States of America, joined May 2003, 12150 posts, RR: 49
Reply 13, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 9341 times:

Quoting Evan767 (Reply 7):
It is extremely costly to fly out of CVG though.

I see:
CVG and MEM go away.
ATL stays as the bread basket hub.
JFK stays as second European hub to ATL.
DTW stays as a good transcon hub (Such as what CVG would have been to DL).
MSP stays as a good Asia hub.
SLC stays as a good western hub.

I have to agree with the above poster, though I see DTW remaining largely in tact and growing from the demise of CVG. ATL, JFK, DTW, MSP would all be the major European gateways for the combined carriers.



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User currently offlineEXMEMWIDGET From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 214 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 9269 times:

MEM was a mini hub for Delta in the mid 80's. We had service to about 18 cities then, plus the 10 or so cities that ASA served. I am not sure if MEM was set up to be some sort of overflow hub for ATL or not. Republic began their big build up in MEM around the same time which eventually caused DL to start reducing service.
If the DL/NW does happen, MEM would definately be the biggest loser with perhaps only service to the major hubs left. They might keep some service to places like LGA or LAX.


User currently offlineHumberside From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2005, 4927 posts, RR: 4
Reply 15, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days ago) and read 9107 times:

Quoting Evan767 (Reply 7):
MSP stays as a good Asia hub.

Isn't NW 's only Asia route from MSP, NRT? I dont think MSP would be the Asia hub, probably NRT  Wink

So would that leave MSP redundant if NW/DL merged?



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User currently offlineJohnJ From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 1690 posts, RR: 2
Reply 16, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days ago) and read 9089 times:

The focus of this thread has been acknowledged by the Memphis/Shelby County Airport Authority and was the subject of a recent article in the Memphsi Commercial Appeal:

http://www.commercialappeal.com/mca/...cle/0,1426,MCA_440_5271254,00.html


User currently offlineRwSEA From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 3135 posts, RR: 2
Reply 17, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days ago) and read 9066 times:

Quoting Evan767 (Reply 7):
MSP stays as a good Asia hub.



Quoting Humberside (Reply 15):
So would that leave MSP redundant if NW/DL merged?

MSP is less useful for Transpacific and Transatlantic services than it is for serving the Mountain States. MSP is the de facto hub for those in places like North and South Dakota, and also has a strong presence in Montana, Wyoming, the Midwest, etc.


User currently offlineAirportPlan From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 469 posts, RR: 3
Reply 18, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 9002 times:

Quoting David31998 (Thread starter):
Quoting Evan767 (Reply 7):
MSP stays as a good Asia hub.

Isn't NW 's only Asia route from MSP, NRT? I dont think MSP would be the Asia hub, probably NRT

So would that leave MSP redundant if NW/DL merged?

NWA has more flights to Asian from DTW than from MSP. Much of this is auto industry traffic. This would not change in a DL/NW merger.


User currently offlineJetBlueGuy2006 From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 1665 posts, RR: 1
Reply 19, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 8952 times:

What name would they keep? It would be hard to tell in my mind. The Delta WorldGateway?


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User currently onlineSLCUT2777 From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 4138 posts, RR: 9
Reply 20, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 8909 times:

In a DL/NW merger, there is little doubt that MEM along with CVG will be the losers in such a scenario. I think there would be enough frequent fliers in MEM that the combined airline would keep flights to a few larger places than just the hubs. For example I could see MEM maintaining daily service to places like LGA, DCA and Florida. I don't think it will be quite the cut and run we saw when DL up and left DFW in January 2005 when they all of a sudden only had 21 flights; 7 each to ATL, CVG and SLC. MEM could look more like BOS, FLL, MCO, JAX or TPA as a significant focus operation with some additional point to point flying. But I'm sure it will be sad to not see an overseas flight to AMS or down to Mexico as they currently have.


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User currently offlinePanAm330 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 2693 posts, RR: 9
Reply 21, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 8846 times:

Quoting Drerx7 (Reply 4):
But CVG makes money for DL so it would probably be retained.

CVG is a great facility, however DTW is vastly superior in both traffic and amenities. CVG would more than likely bear significant cutbacks, and would most likely retain flights only to hubs and major O&D destinations (eg. business-oriented routes like BOS, LGA, DCA), and perhaps Florida and LAX. It's unfortunate, and some don't want to even think about it, but business is business, and it's all about the bottom line.

Quoting EXMEMWIDGET (Reply 14):
MEM would definately be the biggest loser with perhaps only service to the major hubs left. They might keep some service to places like LGA or LAX.

Agreed. Quite similar to what AA has reduced their former RDU and BNA hubs to. It mirrors my thoughts from above on what I believe CVG (and MEM) would be reduced to.


User currently offlineEvan767 From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 2957 posts, RR: 2
Reply 22, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 8835 times:

Quoting Humberside (Reply 15):
Isn't NW 's only Asia route from MSP, NRT? I dont think MSP would be the Asia hub, probably NRT

Ahh true that. I totally forgot about NRT. In that case MSP can be scratched as an Asia hub.

Quoting AirportPlan (Reply 18):
NWA has more flights to Asian from DTW than from MSP. Much of this is auto industry traffic. This would not change in a DL/NW merger.

My original idea was to make MSP the Asia hub because it was geographically better than DTW. However, I totally forgot that Northwest has the Asia gateway through NRT.



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User currently offlineDesertJets From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 7811 posts, RR: 16
Reply 23, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 8790 times:

In regards to the elimination of CVG and MEM under a hypothetical DL/NW merger. Part of the problem that I see with this recent round of merger proposals is that all this money gets spend, labor groups get pissed, cities get upset, to merge w/ another carrier just to shed or reallocate a significant portion of your capacity. Sure it is somewhat easy given the large % of the flights operated ex. CVG and MEM that are Delta Connection or Northwest Airlink. Just terminate the contracts and through out another RFP for whatever type of flying you need.

So at the end of the day you may have reduced capacity, improved your yields by a few cents.... but you still have dissimilar fleets to rationalize over the long term, you still have labor groups to integrate (and airlines that in past mergers that did a poor job integrating labor groups still have issues to this day), and who knows how many other issues to deal with over the long haul. In my humble opinion the US airline industry (legacy carriers in this case) isn't going to consolidate itself to longterm profitability. Not when large parts of the business model aren't working.



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User currently offlineIndy From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 4596 posts, RR: 18
Reply 24, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 8752 times:

If the merger happens you'll see the end of the MEM and CVG hub. They will become nothing more than focus cities. The NW focus city at IND will go away as well.


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25 Post contains images Steeler83 : I am sure that FL would be licking their chops over this
26 Azjubilee : Everyone is talking about the death of MEM and CVG if they were to merge. Then in the next breath they talk about AirTran, Southwest and JetBlue stepp
27 HVNandrew : Correct, and alot of people forget that. DL's fares there are among the highest seen in the industry. CVG won't be a DL/NW hub if the merger goes thr
28 ChiGB1973 : What about the articles about how expensive it is to fly out of CVG (for passengers) and lack of LCCs there? IMO, CVG would get a bit more traffic, t
29 DeltaL1011man : know one really knows what name they will keep and know really knows if Delta will merge with Northwest but if i had to gess i would say it would be
30 KC135TopBoom : So would that make DFW a focus city? Reducing MEM and CVG would leave a big hole in the middle of the country for DL/NW. Both currently have small ope
31 Lexy : I just don't see MEM getting a massive presence from WN due to their pressence up the road @ BNA. BNA is still waiting for more destinations from WN a
32 Mudboy : My friends at the Greenville airport stated that there has been talk of another airline moving in. In my opinion, it would be Delta to ATL. Obviously
33 5mileBob : Just my 2cents, but I came up with a good name for the proposed DL/NW merger: Compass
34 Jetblueluv : I'm going to have to disagree with you...FX makes and has made MEM a bit more attractive to WN than you may thing. You have to look at the early 90's
35 JetBlueLuv : I'm gonna be realistic and see that the MEM hub is certainly in a dire situation with a NW/DL merger, but I also have to say that think about the over
36 Evan767 : The reason it costs so much for passengers is that it is extremely expensive for airlines to operate out of there compared to other hubs. Hence the r
37 JetBlueLuv : ...which is also why i can imagine CVG going before MEM. Yes, I think both are up a certain creek without a paddle with the situation of DL, NW...how
38 Lexy : Yeah jetblueLuv, I can see the passengers in MEM saying it now...." NW is gone so lets fly everywhere now!!!" That makes no sense what so ever. Did it
39 Post contains images Aaway : I think I have a better one: NorDel Network
40 Notdownnlocked : Sorry all but from what I have heard the MEM hub will stay no matter what because of the FedEx hub. There is a big interchange of aircraft parts and m
41 Lexy : What is your source for the information about the merger?
42 DeltaL1011man : if this is true then i hope they take the Delta name and keep the HQ in ATL with the loss of Ford, GM and Bellsouth we need that HQ to stay here!!!!!
43 JetBlueLuv : Why yes, Lexy, the thought crossed my mind...however, I wouldn't go so far as to say explosive growth as I would say just as steady as MEM but with a
44 JetBlueLuv : Nice. I'd think that if BDL has an AMS flight, MEM should be able to keep its international routes simply because they have excelly loads and are oft
45 Lexy : I only echo the sentiments of what I hear from many, many people almost everyday. Say what you want, but that is the truth as I see it. LOL!!! I don'
46 JetBlueLuv : OK...we're talking one county to the east of Shelby...and it was already in the metro. Plus, a county to the south and the beginnings of a second one
47 MPDPilot : I don't have any info about this but everything I have heard is that CVG is a very profitable hub and even if the facilities are better if the cost i
48 PanAm330 : Not to be snippy and defensive, but let me clarify what I wrote. I had said in that post that DTW is superior to the DL hub in the same region, CVG,
49 MEMbase : I agree...what's not frequently discussed is the large number of passengers driving to LIT and even BNA from Memphis to catch WN flights. This signfi
50 MPDPilot : no worries about being snippy and defensive clarifing is a good thing. Thanks for the insite though I have to agree with you after this better unders
51 Dtw9 : DTW will always be a major hub for Northwest merger or no merger for one simple reason,They own the building. Costs at DTW are higher then CVG because
52 Post contains images SLCUT2777 : I even had a friend drive up to STL once to catch a flight back here to SLC. Not sure what counts as being significant, but it isn't surprising to sa
53 Jetdeltamsy : Both MEM and CVG are about the same distances from ATL. CVG was conceived to add North/South capacity in the Eastern part of the country. Perhaps MEM
54 Bobnwa : Has anyone in a position to know this at DL, ever said this? What is your source other than other members of this or other forums, who don't have a r
55 EXAAUADL : Dont count on it, it is too close to both ATL and DTW.... This is the purpose of consolidation, close hubs reduce capacity. In the end the cities tha
56 JetBlueLuv : I wouldn't say Nashville had more money...it certainly is financially sound, but the real problem was that Memphis had the money to build the new sta
57 Lexy : That's the jest of it right there. The political powers in Tennessee moved from MEM to BNA in the late 80's and along with that came the power and th
58 JetBlueLuv : Yes, we need to get back to the airport; however, this is EXACTLY the attitude that makes me want to cringe. Everyone views Nashville as the golden c
59 Post contains images SLCUT2777 : Which is why the City of Houston and Harris County said "good riddance" and took advantage of Los Angeles' inability to settle for a plan on a new st
60 Lexy : That's cool and it's refreshing to have and "outside" view on this take. Yeah, our rivalry is quite similar to Calgary and Edmonton. Too bad we both
61 Post contains images NW748i : What are your criteria for that assessment? As you knowledged, the auto industry is what draws Japanese business to DTW. NW has three flights based o
62 Bobnwa : What NW MEM-AMS flight is based out of AMS? Did NW open a base in AMS over the weekend?
63 Post contains images SLCUT2777 : Would be the result!
64 MPDPilot : That is exactly why I said I didn't know but unless you have some other information I am going off the consenus that I noticed. if you have any infor
65 MEMbase : Sorry to get off the airport topic a little, but I think it's still relevant to comparing MEM O&D to that of BNA and other similar markets. What you
66 NW748i : I don't know. That's my question... I'd say that did many, many weekends ago. Based there are a few flights serving such cities as DTW (one of their
67 Steeler83 : Sounds like the result of the many times the Browns and Steelers met also! (Too bad there isn't a smile for "brawl")
68 Bobnwa : I was questioning from whom you had heard CVG was very profitable as that info is closely guarded at Delta. Reading it on this board does not make it
69 Bobnwa : Not sure what you mean by basing a flight, but Northwest does not base any flights in Europe. They all originate in the United States. Northwest does
70 NW748i : Again, that's not what I heard. Maybe I was told bad information, but as far as I know, there are flights based out of the AMS hub (in the same manne
71 Bobnwa : Not sure what you heard or where you heard it, but NWA does not have a base in AMS or anywhere in Europe. All Europe flights and crews originate in t
72 NW748i : What of AMS-BOM? Anyway, I'll check on this and report my findings.
73 Bobnwa : The flight originates in SEA. the routing is SEA-AMS-BOM everyday. Again all Europe flights originate in the U.S. and return to the U.S. Check it out
74 NW748i : No need to get upset here. You're right on the SEA-AMS flight. As to how AMS is set up, they did have both maintenance and management there to handle
75 MPDPilot : I agree being on this forum doesn't make it so, but I also haven't heard anything to refute it, and I am very open to being proven wrong. I don't nee
76 Bobnwa : What is the source for this info? A lot of cities in the U.S. have Northwest line maintenance, but they are not bases. Northwest does not have aircra
77 USPIT10L : Actually, DL was a major player in MEM for years, long before the mid-1980s. It was one of the bases of Chicago & Southern Air Lines (C&S), along wit
78 NW748i : A fellow with whom I work who happened to work with NW's revenue mgt until last year. Anyway, he says that they had maintenance there until KL could
79 Bobnwa : Lets just say I am personally invoved with NWA and was involved in setting up the AMS hub for NWA. There are two NWA managers in AMS and both of them
80 Congaboy : Some mentioning here about MSP being solidly left in place in the event of an NW - DL merger...I am not so convinced. Here's why: 1/ MSP is not a grea
81 Post contains images SESGDL : First, MSP has more O&D than DTW despite being a smaller city, and is NW's largest O&D market. Your 4th point is incorrect as well, as DTW's economy
82 DC10extender : I think that NW is better as a domestic hub, they only fly to Tokyo and that is only two flights a day. DTW, SEA, LAX, and SFO have most of the Asia
83 WorldTraveler : There is a local market in MEM that will fly someone; no company willingly gives up a market if it can make money on it. CVG and MEM might shrink some
84 Congaboy : Well, Jeremy, I admire that you defend your homeland as well as you do. But, don't you think this tends to be expensive: "NW and Minnesota have a con
85 Post contains links NW748i : Here comes reason #7: http://www.startribune.com/535/story/940364.html Title: MAC vote delay means more talks with Northwest At issue: a plan to help
86 SESGDL : I agree. According to reports I've read the Minneapolis/St. Paul area is now one of the 10 most expensive metro areas in the country to live in. No d
87 PanAm747 : The city I will feel the most sorry for if the MEM hub goes away is Fort Smith, Arkansas (FSM). Many years ago, they had four airlines - American Eagl
88 JetBlueLuv : Tupelo, MS....Laurel/Hattieburg, MS (both of these are Saab routes, I believe) I believe several cities in Louisiana have the same issue as well. GPT
89 Coronado : Well the one thing propping up MSP is that much of the new economy is HQ'red here including the medical firms but more importantly a very fast growing
90 JetJeanes : Im not sure i wn can fly into Mem. There have been all kind of excuses even before nw made this a hub. The fares are high out of Mem as orgin city, It
91 JetBlueLuv : eh...that's a tad old for an excuse simply because fees at MEM have drastically been reduced over the past several years. Pardon? 10 flights a day to
92 WestJetYQQ : All of these possible mergers are getting rediculous. How many airlines is Delta considering merging with other than NW and US?
93 SLCUT2777 : DL's exit from insolvency calls for them to emerge as a stand alone carrier rather than whoring themselves with US, but they will look seriously at N
94 5mileBob : Why is it assumed that the possible merger would be Delta taking over Northwest? From the last numbers that I saw, NWA was in much better financial co
95 Lexy : I see your points, and they are well taken. But you would honestly fall out of your chair if you could see just how much money real estate alone can
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