ILUV767 From United States of America, joined May 2000, 3141 posts, RR: 8 Posted (12 years 5 months 1 week 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 994 times:
I was thinking, wouldn't it be a smart move for Delta to purchase Alaska airlines so Delta can gain some more presence on the west coast? As you already know...Delta is pulling out of PDX, and in a few years they will be pulling out of SLC. I understand that most of their north-south opoerations are to be done with RJs, but I think that Delta could really use some presence on the west. Having Seattle as a hub makes a lot of scence, in terms that it could be used as a pacific hub, and has the demand for trans-atlantic operations. Flights down the west coast, allows for a greater compition level with both Southwest and United.
Mason From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 747 posts, RR: 1 Reply 1, posted (12 years 5 months 1 week 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 957 times:
Living in Seattle, of course I think this is a good idea. Alaska is struggling. Delta could operate to ANC, as well as several other destinations in AK. As for international flights, SEA already has three daily flights to NRT, but none to HKG, SIN, or BKK. These could be explored with Delta's 777ERs. I think we could also use some more Europe flights, and that a daily or double-daily 777 flight to Delta's Frankfurt hub would really be profitable.
AS737900 From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 343 posts, RR: 0 Reply 2, posted (12 years 5 months 1 week 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 952 times:
What? Delta's leaving Salt Lake in a few years?!?! So what will that do for us in ANC? Will they leave us high and dry and stop the 2x daily to SLC and 1x daily to SEA? One less airline to compete with Alaska Air? Hmmm... maybe RJs with more frequency? But I can't picture being on one of those for 3 1/2 to 5 hours.
Mason From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 747 posts, RR: 1 Reply 3, posted (12 years 5 months 1 week 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 937 times:
I was unaware that DL still operated flights from SEA to ANC. With a 757? Since those routes are very profitable for AS, why would DL drop them? Just a thought. AS definitly has the monopoly in Alaska, and if purchased, someone will pick up the slack. They can't afford not to!
Peter From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 570 posts, RR: 0 Reply 4, posted (12 years 5 months 1 week 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 938 times:
I think that it would be great. Though I don't think that DL will be leaving SLC any time soon, purchasing Alaska would give them a much better presence on the west coast, which is one of their main weak spots. Also, they have very similar fleets.
Fanoftristars From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 1573 posts, RR: 5 Reply 6, posted (12 years 5 months 1 week 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 925 times:
We've heard enough sillyness about DL leaving SLC. The only concrete thing that I have heard is that DL feels that SLC could be performing better for them financially, but their operations are still quite profitable in SLC. So unless you have any concrete public statments to quote, I wouldn't make comments like that.
EIPremier From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 1533 posts, RR: 2 Reply 11, posted (12 years 5 months 1 week 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 898 times:
Honestly, these merger rumors are constantly buzzing around Alaska. There were rumors of Kelly flying to Atlanta, Delta pilots seen at Alaska flight simulators...all this year.
AS has quite some number of airlines that are interested (AA, CO, DL, NW). From a stand-point of fleet, CO, AA, and DL make the most sense. As far as route system is considered, I agree that DL is a great match, but I think any of the airlines I mentioned could benefit. If they wanted to expand routes to Asia, Alaska/Horizon could provide great feed for those flights.
If any external entity owns more than 20% of Alaska's stock, a poison pill is triggered, which makes aquisition of the remaining shares prohibitively expensive.
Alaska is still in good financial health, and so I hardly see them in the position RenoAir was in near the end. Also, I hope that they do stick around, because they are not just another airline. They have a really unique history and route system...they have always beat to a different drum. Also, I've been impressed with how a relatively small carrier has been widely regarded as a high-tech leader among airlines.
Seb146 From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 9801 posts, RR: 17 Reply 12, posted (12 years 5 months 1 week 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 871 times:
I knew that Delta was pulling their Asia flights from PDX, but I read in the Oregonian that they are keeping flights to CVG and ATL. I recall at one time, Alaska and Horizon had a code share with United years ago. I don't think I could take losing another airline at SEA. If (a really big if) anyone buys Alaska, there would be a lot of empty space on concourse D as most of the equipment would be moved East.