Notarzt From Germany, joined Dec 2000, 642 posts, RR: 1 Reply 6, posted (12 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 2202 times:
> UA/US: United States Airlines
> AA/TW: American Trans World Airlines
> DL/CO: Delta Continental Airlines
Now we have the perspective we were missing a few years back for how the market for the ten biggest US carriers may develop. Three will be left. I am eagerly waiting for a decision on what is going to happen with Northwest Airlines.
No doubt, the Delta/Continental merger would produce the most compatible fleet merger of the mega-mergers. Delta will get rid of their MD-80 and MD-90 narrowbodies, accepting Continental's B737NG orders, the medium-range segment will be operated by B757s and B767s whereas the long-range operations are being served by B767s and B777s. Different powerplants on common types - if occuring - can be replaced quite easily - if required by the new airline.
Steman From Germany, joined Aug 2000, 1301 posts, RR: 8 Reply 7, posted (12 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 2198 times:
I think it would be great such a merger (more than takeover)
I mean, DL and CO are both very dynamic carriers with similar fleets but different hubs, similar code-share agreements like the one with Air France.
In my opinion it would be better than a NW/CO merger
LaxFlyer From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 158 posts, RR: 0 Reply 13, posted (12 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 2138 times:
Gee thats funny. No one at CO knows a thing about this rumor! Just because you read something in a newspaper doesn't make it true. Until Gordon issues a statement regarding this latest. I'll stick with what he told us a few months ago. "We will never merge with DL now or ever and they do need to get a life."
Notarzt From Germany, joined Dec 2000, 642 posts, RR: 1 Reply 16, posted (12 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 2130 times:
Basically, you are correct. The new DL interest in CO was taken from a newspaper and people are discussing about this topic as if it's already a definite fact. On the other hand, just watch those discussions on United/US Air and American/Trans World. Same situation... no final approval. All this is hypothesis.
LaxFlyer From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 158 posts, RR: 0 Reply 19, posted (12 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 2111 times:
These fools come in here with this bull every single day. I am so sick of seeing these posts coming from 16 to 20 year olds who probably don't even work for the airlines. Its really sad because alot of guys who actually did work for the airlines have stopped posting here. The reason? These clowns and their na na na attitude. When I see that crap DL paint scheme on our planes then I'll believe it. In the meantime SFO stop with the childish rambles.
B757300 From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 4114 posts, RR: 24 Reply 20, posted (12 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 2107 times:
Well, it isn't just a rumor being spread around. It is an article in USA today.
Delta Again Considers Buying Continental, USA Today Reports
Washington, Jan. 10 (Bloomberg) -- Delta Air Lines Inc., the No. 3 U.S. airline, is again considering buying Continental Airlines Inc., which it tried to buy two years ago, USA Today reported.
News that AMR Corp.'s American Airlines, the No. 2 U.S. airline, is close to buying Trans World Airlines Inc. plus a part of US Airways Group Inc. prompted Delta to immediately contact its Wall Street advisers to explore a Continental acquisition, the newspaper reported, citing unnamed knowledgeable people.
Delta and Continental wouldn't comment, USA Today said.
UAL Corp.'s United Airlines, the No. 1 U.S. airline, is waiting for regulatory approval to buy US Airways. If both the UAL and American transactions take place, Delta would be left with 18 percent of the market.
Airlines rely on the size of their networks to win contracts with companies that let them carry the most lucrative passengers in the industry -- business travelers. Plus, frequent fliers prefer airlines that give them more ways to earn and use their mileage credit. Costs can be spread across a bigger network.
Jan/10/2001 7:28 ET
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Ceilidh From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 21, posted (12 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 2093 times:
Hmmmm, I still suspect that this may well end up as a reversal of the scenario proposed - ie CO taking over DL. Contacts of mine both on Wall Street and the City (London) say that CO has been talking to various investment bankers recently - and Delta is starting to look somewhat weaker at the moment.