Stretch 8, I completely disagree. NWs "35 year-old DC-9s" are VERY good for them. They have many of them and they can use them on routes from hubs to small cities that cannot generate the traffic to fill A319s and A320s. First of all, CO joined with NW in the middle 1990s to escape the grasps of DL. Since then, Continental has seen an incredible rise in passenger traffic and earnings. It has also been of benefit for NW. Personally, I do not see CO and NW breaking up. US Airways WILL NOT die off. You say that it is amazing that it has survived so long. Yes, it is very amazing! How about you take a step back and put yourself in as the CEO of US Airways. All of the sudden BOOM! 9/11 hits, the airline industry is in shambles, and it is your job to save US Airways, something that was not easy before 9/11. So, you lose hundreds of millions of dollars, cut some aircraft from the fleet, have some layovers, request a government loan, and now you have the funding and the basis to start your company over again, fresh. Will hard work and good planning, I know that David can bring the company out of its poor state and bring US Airways to incredible glory. I have no doubt about it. Oh and by the way, on the original topic, NW and US will NEVER merge or link like CO and NW did. If anything, at the maximum, they will start some program where US passengers can get miles for flying NW. I doubt to see anything like that, if anything come out of this.