United777 and RiverVisual, you guys are greatly oversimplifying things. Back when that merger was being evaluated, there WERE competitive concerns, and to be honest, it would have meant the demise of two great airlines instead of just one. UAL is currently in Chapter 11 itself. Where would it be if it paid about 30 times too much for an airline with USAirways problems? It is really a good thing that merger never happened, at least from a UAL point of view. That merger was something that Stephen Wolf cooked up to make himself some money. It's kind of akin to a Carl Icahn deal if you look at it closer.
Now, none of this is to say that I want USAirways to fail. I want them to survive, and I want everyone to keep their jobs. However, just because this airline is suffering, does not mean that the economy overall is not improving. This one airline makes up one miniscule part of the US economy. Yes, on a personal level, all of those affected by such a demise are not doing better, but in the grander scheme of things, our economy is improving. Don't blame Bush. Most of this stuff is a result of things that were put in motion long before he became president. Please include facts if you are going to point a finger at anyone, our president, past airline management, or anyone, for the state that these airlines are in now.
I think that a revisiting of a US and UA
merger would be a good thing, if either of them had the funds to make it happen.
Sorry for the rant, but I hate gross generalizations with no basis in fact.
A woman drove me to drink and I didn't have the decency to thank her. - W.C. Fields