there was this rumor i want to say about the time of the AA
/TWA merger and talks of that US/UA merger about a mega merger between NW
At that time I was thinking WOW, although I hate mergers its better than an airline completely going to hell like Eastern and Pan Am... I know some people think they are cool because they might have the chance of seeing an A320 in DL
colors or a 737NG in NW
colors... I'll admit, I was that way when I was younger seeing a NW
DC-9 for the first time after the NW
/Republic merger or seeing Continental 747s with red meatballs after the People Express merger.
I am beginning to think that Russia has more airlines than the US now and just a little over 10 years ago they just had one. If airlines keep merging we are going to have Ameroflot.
Once again, a merger is better than a total disappearance of a company like Pan Am, Eastern and more recently Vanguard, National.
If Northwest, Delta, and Continental had merged with that 1970s-80s mentality you would see...
Of course that is the biggest clusterf*** of aircraft you can see in a fleet...
This is what the fleet would more likely look like if the three were to merge...
several CRJ-200s and 700s
maybe Chataqua would pick up the COEX ERJs and still fly as a DL
Connection carrier out of Florida
You could kiss every Northwest aircraft except for the 747-400 goodbye. The 757s wouldnt fit in with the rest of the fleet. CO
have more 737NGs than Northwest has Airbuses so the Airbuses would be sold off. You want to get rid of the Northwest DC-9s? Here's the solution, a merger... a NW
/CO/DL combination wont want to keep those ancient gas guzzlers... oh yeah and you can kiss all non NG
737s goodbye too. This wouldn't be some 1200 aircraft company, they would still stay around 500 aircraft. Tons of people would lose jobs, hubs would close... it wouldnt be something huge, just look at AA
/TWA. What did AA
keep from TWA? A bunch of MD
-80s, thats about it. Do you think STL
will still have AA
mainline in it other than a few flights to MIA
2 years from now? probably not.
This is what would be left of the NW
/CO/DL hub network if they merged
You can guarantee there would be a west coast hub, the three of them might do LAX
becomes an RJ
hub, not much mainline... most mainline moved to MSP
goes pretty much all RJ
and mainline moves to DTW
moves all Atlantic ops to already overcrowded EWR
stays the same
Here is your mainline hub network if NW
/CO/DL were to merge... its not that pretty.
- #1 hub
- no reason other than a nice paid for new building, but makes for a good Transatlantic transfer hub and a good east to west coast connection hub kind of like today. Takes a lot of CVG
mainline ops too
- takes in the SLC
mainline ops, another east to west connection hub
- Transatlantic point to point hub with some transfer to east coast airports
- Trans Pacific hub
- Mexico/south America connections
I told you it wouldnt be pretty...
but I digress...
For the last 4 years on these boards I have seen probably about every possible Legacy carrier merger scenerio
some make no sense at all like the DL
/US merger scenario