Okay, I agree that NWA, or any carrier for that matter, would be ill-advised (understatement) to acquire US Airways, but when the "fire sale" occurs, I'm truly curious if NWA's management might not be waiting to move in a manner other than incremental. Certainly, they could add a route or two, but how about seizing an opportunity? I had heard rumors that NWA had it's corporate eye on US Airways PHL
operation a couple of years ago. NWA pilot's new contract allows for additional RJ
flying (given certain conditions and restrictions). If US Airways goes "Tango Uniform", I am curious about the prospect that NWA would move into PHL
quickly. With US Airways' A330s they could continue U's transatlantic ops out of PHL
, grab select A320/319s for (mini) hub and spoke operations out of PHL
, and perhaps add a third RJ
operator out east to provide service and feed to the PHL
-Europe runs. Thoughts?