This is the way I see it:
Delta is one of the if not the largest Airline on the basis of passengers served per year. They don't need to merge with anybody to get back on track. I believe that with some decent management, they can restructure(without chapter 11) and hold nice profits. The have a great market share in Europe and Asia, not to mention the largest hub, ATL
. If they are going to merge you also have to look at the Hub placements and not so much at the fleet commonality, They already fly a mix of Boeing, McDonald Douglas, and Canada Air aircraft. You also don't have to be worried with the government intervening with the merger because they will have to large of a market share in Europe. This is not a problem because so many US cities are serviced by other Airlines(Europen). Here is my opinion:
Continental- Hubs in EWR
not way. Same problem with DFW
-Both with too much Debt. Too many Hubs, JFK
USAir-Who knows but I doubt it with it's new alliance with UAL.
America West- Would add a stronger West Coast but I don't think so. Just a vibe.
Alaska, HAwaiian, Aloha- To far removed to become a part of Delta's plan.
NWA- Might be feasible but from NW
's perspective, why fix it if it ain't broken.
Southwest- Yea right. 1 type of A/C to 12. This ruins the whole business plan.
Jetblue- Neileman does have a habit of selling after proving him-self.(Twice-Once to WN
and again to Air Canada)
This leads me into AIRTRAN ...
Airtran is the leading competitor of Delta. It would be a great addition to Song's structure! Maybe then the Delta's wholly owned sub-sidaries could all become under one name Song or even stay Delta and under a major re-organization again withoit the usage of chapter 11, they could save money through new labor contracts and cut costs by having all of the other sub-sidaries serviced by one union and have one management team for the new Delta.
Just a thought but a merge within it's self may serve very well. Also now that you have Song, there is no need to have an Express, Connection and Shuttle service. Look how shuttle by United and Metrojet have failed. We don't want that to happen with Delta Connection, Delta Express, Delta Shuttle and Song too.