SAN787 From United States of America, joined Jun 2007, 616 posts, RR: 1 Posted (4 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 4413 times:
It seems like F9 has a solid customer base (myself included), newer planes, solid presence at DEN and across the country...just being troubled financially. So, simply, would it be logical for another airline to come in and buy off the assets of Frontier? If so, who would it be?
AA737-823 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 5341 posts, RR: 11 Reply 2, posted (4 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 day ago) and read 4340 times:
I guess JetBlue might. It would give them a much needed western hub (well, more western than JFK or BOS, that's for sure, and LGB doesn't cut the mustard). And I bet that they could buy assets out of bankruptcy court pretty cheap, too.
It's a shame, as I really like Frontier's livery. But a good liver cannot keep an airline going.
Goodness knows, they could use a hub at DEN. Gordon Bethune has been quoted, I believe, as saying that closing DEN was one of the most painful decisions they had to make, and that while it had to be done, they'd regretted it ever since.
But yeah, a hub for CO at DEN would sure facilitate codeshares with United there.
But I'd just assume never seen an Airbus with a golden globe on the tail..... ever.
But yeah, a hub for CO at DEN would sure facilitate codeshares with United there.
When CO joins Star, they'll "have" a hub at DEN, UA's. CO won't be looking at F9. With so many airlines back's against the wall these days, I don't see any airline seriously looking so spend the $$$ on Frontier, with the possible exception of B6, and that's a long shot.
Frontierflyer From United States of America, joined Aug 2007, 207 posts, RR: 1 Reply 7, posted (4 years 10 months 3 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 3962 times:
[quote=AA388,reply=1]this is complete bs but maybe virgin america ? they have fleet comonality and similar? products?
That all depends on how long Virgin decides it wants to fly. It might be the do or die move. Virgin's cross country flying is probably not going to make money anytime soon, a central hub might just be what they need. Same planes, engines, loyal customer base, mountain destinations. It all boils down to $$$.
N623JB From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 702 posts, RR: 0 Reply 8, posted (4 years 10 months 3 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 3931 times:
I dont know if jetBlue wants to buy another airline or not. But if they did buy Frontier, I think they would take the DEN hub and make the hub a focus city. I believe Frontier is getting A320s in the fleet...and also I heard that B6 wants to get A319s/A321s on the forum here on a. net.
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InnocuousFox From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 2805 posts, RR: 16 Reply 9, posted (4 years 10 months 3 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 3893 times:
Keep in mind, UA has cut back their domestic fleet like crazy - particularly the 73s (i.e. mid-size stuff). DEN was almost entirely served by said mid-sized stuff. You would think that routes that are appropriate for mid-size service would be a good fit there. For example, I can see WN picking up some slack in DEN.
The point being, whether it be CO or JetBlue or anyone else, it may be fairly
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Rbgso From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 575 posts, RR: 0 Reply 12, posted (4 years 10 months 3 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 3861 times:
I'd be very surprised if another carrier bought F9. Maybe someone will pick up some available asset here and there, but not the carrier as a whole. Why would they?
I know, there is a loyal customer base (small and used to paying rock bottom fares), unique culture, modern fleet (mostly leased now, I think they sold the planes they did own), but bottom line they are losing money and don't bring much to the table. Just MHO.
Frontierflyer From United States of America, joined Aug 2007, 207 posts, RR: 1 Reply 13, posted (4 years 10 months 3 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 3776 times:
I wonder what would happen if someone decided to come into DEN and buy F9, would UA ditch their hub? That is probably the only scenario that it could work. There is no point in hubbing at DEN with two other major players. It's hard to think how UA is going to maintain a presence at DEN with all those 737's being retired unless they load up on RJ's.
National757 From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 717 posts, RR: 1 Reply 17, posted (4 years 10 months 3 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 3634 times:
Not going to happen. Sure, theoretically another carrier could purchase F9, but why would they?
A purchase of F9 by another domestic carrier is reckless and irresponsible in todays operating environment as other airlines try to avoid BK. The only profitable domestic carriers with the ability to purchase F9 are WN and maybe G4, and neither have much in common with F9.
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SLUAviator From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 357 posts, RR: 4 Reply 18, posted (4 years 10 months 3 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 3597 times:
Quoting Frontierflyer (Reply 13): It's hard to think how UA is going to maintain a presence at DEN with all those 737's being retired unless they load up on RJ's.
United will fill in RJs on some of its 737 routes. If they drop those frequencies all together they will have much smaller feed for the international routes. Their international stuff is often profitable and they need to fill those flights. Since DEN does not have much in the way of international, you gota get passengers to ORD, IAD, SFO, and LAX. Count on RJs to do more of the MCI/OMA/SLC/ICT/PXH and smaller cities that used to get mainline to allow mainline to do DEN-hub to feed the heavies going overseas.
B concourse will not become a ghost town anytime soon.
DL767captain From United States of America, joined Mar 2007, 2539 posts, RR: 0 Reply 19, posted (4 years 10 months 3 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 3576 times:
Quoting AA388 (Reply 1): this is complete bs but maybe virgin america ? they have fleet comonality and similar? products?
That would be really interesting but from what i've heard Virgin America isn't doing well enough right now to be financially able to buy F9, but that would be a very nice growth for Virgin America.
I honestly see Jet Blue buying/merging with them, similar product and planes would make it really easy for them to merge, plus Jet Blue would get access to all the Frontier routes which would add nicely to their existing routes as well as bring them to more western cities.
Another possibility is for F9 to be broken up and sold in different parts, maybe WN buying some of their route slots and B6 and Virgin America buying some of the aircraft etc.
Eugdjinn From United States of America, joined May 2008, 9 posts, RR: 0 Reply 21, posted (4 years 10 months 3 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 3509 times:
Wouldn't the most interesting be a buy out of Frontier by United? If they sold Lynx to Skywest they'd have someone with Q400's for the mountain routes, and pick up the Airbuses to backfill some of the 737's. They probably wouldn't need the gates, but...
Maybe it's better for UA to grab aircraft and routes from a chapter 7, but... it seems the quickest way to protect the hub - buy the troubled competitor.
Frontierflyer From United States of America, joined Aug 2007, 207 posts, RR: 1 Reply 23, posted (4 years 10 months 3 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 3410 times:
Quoting 9252fly (Reply 22): Speaking of Lynx,how about the new reorganized Frontier being a solely DH4 operator out of Denver within the Star Alliance. They could do a Horizon and find a niche for themselves.
That is what I said in another thread, ditch all the airbuses and feed other airlines, that pretty much guarentees profit, i'm sure theres plenty of legacies itching for turboprop feed.
Enilria From Canada, joined Feb 2008, 6137 posts, RR: 13 Reply 24, posted (4 years 10 months 3 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 3398 times:
Nobody wants to be the 3rd hub in Denver. Everybody wants less capacity in the air in this environment. Additionally, Frontier doesnt really own anything valuable. Denver is piecemeal taking their gates back which is their only real unique asset.
United and Southwest are the only potential buyers as a means of eliminating competition and neither will buy Frontier unless it appears they will somehow exit CH11 and survive to keep fighting them. I think that is called a prisoner's dilemma.
Lynx, on the other hand, will probably survive in some form feeding another airline.
25 Richierich: Simply put, nobody has that kind of money to spend right now. I'm sure there might be an airline or two that would purchase some of F9's assets for t
26 SlcDeltaRUmd11: United isnt sending any additional heavies overseas anytime soon from DEN. Whats the status on LHR? B concourse wont be a ghost town because southwes
27 STT757: It would be nice to see a CO hub in Denver once again, how they get there I don't know. They already have a Chelsea Flight kitchen and a maintenance f
28 Dutchflyboi: hmm, we had plenty of A300's in the 80's. That plane sucked to work on.
29 Mysterzip: Honestly, I see JetBlue merging with Frontier as well, although it's far from being likely, especially in this market. Although I do foresee a smaller
30 Denverdanny: They've announced they are stopping the route. I thought the same thing. Get rid of a competitor and keep the Airbus planes to replace 737s