I don't see this happening. First, AA
's past mergers haven't lived up to AA
's expectations. Air Cal was supposed to give AA
a north-south presence on the West Coast. WN
out of the West.
After selling the SJC
hub to QQ, AA
bought QQ. There isn't a lot left of the QQ hub at SJC
, and AA
completely dismantled the hubs at RNO
purchase may have worked better if A) there had been no September 11th and B) the US/UA merger had gone through. STL
was supposed to be the reliever for congested ORD
, which became uncongested very quickly. Further, AA
was supposed to lease a number of F100s to DC Air while swapping TW
's 757s for US's 757s. That would have made integration a lot easier.
Then there is the Airbus issue. Why buy an airline if you have to get rid of the entire fleet? TW
made some sense, since it flew MD
-80s, 757s, and 767s. Granted, AA
got rid of the 767s and would have swapped 757s, but retraining pilots and mechanics on a different version of an aircraft is much cheaper than on competely different airplanes.
Besides, the unions would have a fit. There are so many former TW
employees on furlough. The F9
employees would be junior to them.
I'm not sure that a codeshare would be a good idea. It worked with QQ, because it was primarily a north-south carrier, while AA
flew east out of the West Coast. About the only overlap was LAS
On the other hand, F9
competes with AA
for east-west traffic. Going from PHL
, one can fly AA
, or F9
starts slipping towards Chapter 7, then the issue will probably be revisited. But my guess is that AA
might be preparing for a US liquidation. If that happens, I would expect Eagle's Northeast Shuttle to be replaced with MD
-80s from the desert, and RDU
could see a ramping up of service.