Any transaction would be different here than AA
in one major aspect...the UAL employees would NOT be brought on as well. US Airways has roughly 11,000 people out on furlough - these people will be brought back first and then the UAL employees may apply for a job at U.
Of the assets UAL has, RSA's Bronner has said ORD
are on his wish list. Personally I see them wanting DEN
more than ORD
- but regardless...they need a midwest hub and will finally get it. IAD
would be strickly an international gateway with minimal domestic feed. Also, the 319s and 320s will likely be picked up by U to completely replace the 737-300s and 400s - the fleet numbers are identical.
is going to DL
- Leo wants it badly and will spend millions to get it. The other hubs will all be dissolved and the market demand will justify just how much slack will be taken up. The 747-400s will be left in the desert until some overseas airline wants them...the 777s should find a home quickly with DL
, the 767s may end up at U to provide needed lift until the 332s start coming in 2007 but others will head to the great sandy resorts of the southwest, 757s will end up with someone...maybe a new low fare airline, and the 737s will go get a bit of a tan too for awhile until some new LLC picks them up.