Just got back to SFO
. On my trip I spoke with one of our First Officers (crew is obviously not the best source of news) but he did mention United and our Board's previous interest in merging/acquiring Atlas Cargo.
I know I have seen a lot of renewed focus our cargo ops on internal communications and it has been said a number of times over the years one of the biggest mistakes we ever did was to stop UA
Cargo. Apparently within the past couple of years there has been talk of UA
wet leasing Atlas to increase our cargo availability but ALPA would not have that. (understandable)
It makes sense to increase cargo given our enormous reach into many slot restricted airports... we shall see all in due time!
This same First Officer said his gut instinct tells him that within a year of emerging from Chapter 11 we'll see announcements regarding acquiring Atlas and then shortly thereafter some sort of Alliance or Merger with CO
Fun stuff to hear and talk about! God help us with the merging of seniority lists!
[Edited 2005-05-09 20:16:32]
The debate continues... Starwood or Hyatt... which is better