One would think they are doomed from the article, but I doubt anyone could foresee the spike in oil prices. But the point is: IT IS
NOT JUST THE OIL prices. The airline has been mismanaged and the whole Southwest point is well taken. They were beaten on many different fronts by SW
and had to retreat from the best hub they had: Baltimore. SW
attack on US has been relentless, like a shark that smells the blood of a baby seal in the water.
IMO, From Baltimore US could have expanded International service and had a far better reception than Philladelphia-with higher yeilds and better frequency; Southwest would have had no effective answer other than to increase domestic capacity. US Air should have matched rates all along, with the higher international yeilds subsidizing the battle with SW