Milton's book says it better than I can. I will always believe that AC
was pushed. It just seemed to obvious to let CP
die. But AC
wanted the international route rights and I believe the feds let it be known that AC
would not get the rights - or certainly not all of them, or the choice ones, whatever. It was a big game of chicken. Also, AC
never expected the type of Draconian restrictions that the government put on the airline as part of the merger. Some of those restrictions were lifted by the feds after Sept 11, 2001, some expired, and some still exist.
Aside from that, it's now history, and part of Milton's legacy, along with CCAA and the resurrection of AC
. If you tag him with the bad, you have to concede him credit, too. I never thought AC
had a deep management team, so some of the good that did flow out of the events of 1999 were his doing. As to where he may go when he leaves (he could easily still be with AC
next summer), I think he is a great manager to have when things are very good, or very bad. When they are very bad, he can swing an axe that he is reluctant to swing when things are just mildly bad. When things are going well, he's Mr. Growth, and pretty daring. I'm not really big believer that he will end up at a major carrier, but if he does, it could well be DL
because, I suspect, his wife would like to live in the southeast.