Actually, if the government approves United's loan application (which they most likely will if the mechanics vote yes on Thursday), the other airlines are out of luck, as the deadline has passed for airlines applying for loans from the ATSB.
I think people are blowing this thing way out of proportion. Yes I know United is in dire financial straits, but even if they end up filing for bankruptcy, it would be for Chapter 11, not Chapter 7, which is the "goodbye" bankruptcy that PanAm and Eastern filed for.
Supposedly, the reason why mechanics voted down the concession package was due to something about vacation days, not the actual money itself. The last vote was so close, I see no reason why it should be voted down again.
The rest of United's employees are PISSED at the mechanics for the vote. I talked to a United pilot earlier today that I know and trust, and he said that if they vote it down again, relations between mechanics and the rest of the employees basically will be a bloodbath. I agree with him; what are the mechanics trying to prove? OK they were pissed at management, but Wolf is gone, Goodwin is gone, Dutta is gone, all the bad'uns are gone. United has a new management at the helm, I think they should give Tilton and his people a chance, he seems like he really knows his stuff.
No sense worrying about what we (airliners.net) cannot control.
U N I T E D WILL STAND!!!