It does look that proceedings are on track for the auction on Tuesday in the Delaware court. Bids were closed on Dec 16...UAL made a sealed bid and apparently Mesa did also....both rumored to be only for some of FLYI's pieces and not the carrier as a whole. There was a rumor of Virgin and the operating certificate but that has pretty much disappeared. That seems to be the sum total of bidders willing to be identified....if there are others their plans have not been disclosed.
This morning's announcement confirmed those rumors by stating there was not a qualified bidder for the airline as a whole. The furlough and announced shutdown can only speed the acquisition of those assets and so one can believe that this is all being done with the quiet tacit approval of the court, creditors, and bidders.
As for who get's what...rumors of UA
taking A for Ted and UAXs are out there as well as Mesa taking the rj's due to the low lease rates FLYI got on them in Feb of this past year. The airbus fleet is not engine compatible to the majority of current US operators as well as upcoming Virgin America...UAL and Spirit do match up however.