727LOVER
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Will HP Now Be In Play?

Sun May 15, 2005 10:10 pm

If a merger between US and HP is announced, do you think others will come in and try competing bids to take over HP?

NW would seem a logical fit.


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flyboyaz
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RE: Will HP Now Be In Play?

Sun May 15, 2005 11:02 pm

I sincerely doubt it. Doesn't appear that most other carriers are interested in that...they are having a hard enough time keeping their own heads above water. If the laws allowed for more foreign ownership, you'd see an overseas carrier swoop in.
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commavia
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RE: Will HP Now Be In Play?

Sun May 15, 2005 11:13 pm

Quoting 727LOVER (Thread starter):
If a merger between US and HP is announced, do you think others will come in and try competing bids to take over HP?

Chance of this happening is slim to none. There are only two airlines in America right now that could afford to buy HP, Southwest and American. AA is certainly in no mood right now for buying and integrating a completely different operating system and network like HP and are focused on continuing to turn around their own airline. WN would never be allowed to buy HP for antitrust reasons, their networks overlap way too much and HP and WN are almost completely mismatched -- fleet, employees, network, culture, etc.

The long and short of it: no, there is virtually no chance that another airline would want (or be able to afford) HP now or anytime in the forseeable future.
 
flyboyaz
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RE: Will HP Now Be In Play?

Mon May 16, 2005 1:12 am

Quoting Commavia (Reply 2):
There are only two airlines in America right now that could afford to buy HP, Southwest and American.

I can understand WN..but where do you get the idea AA can afford to buy anyone? They can't afford their own operation!
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