This article was well written and offered very strong, objective analysis of the situation (who would have thought that "well written" and "strong" would every be used to describe a journalistic account of the airline industry?).
I agree with just about every point it makes. As the article points out, the writing has been on the wall for everybody in or around US since the late 1990s when labor issues began to bubble up. The proposed (but doomed from the start) UA
merger not only exacerbated labor unrest but totally took the US management's eye of the ball by taking their attention away from lowering costs and fighting back the low cost carriers that now rule the eastern seabord. Then 9/11 hit, and the you-know-what hit the fan. Now, nearly four years after September 11, and nearly a decade since US' troubes began to surface, the game is up. US has not other option but this HP
merger. US is boxed into a corner, but HP
is not, which is why I am surprised that HP
's otherwise very smart management team would want to take this merger on. Nonetheless, I wish the best to all the people and families involved with both airlines, but have very serious doubts and reservations about the potential and success of the about-to-be-announced US-HP tie up.