Of course no company is 2 people but when those 2 people helped define who CO
is today, they have tremendous influence. And one of them , Hauenstein, came from AZ
so he has been away from CO
for a couple years - not sure how long.
doesn't have as strong of a NYC int'l operation as CO
does but that doesn't mean there aren't opportunities. The fact that CO
is talking about legal action says they do feel threatened. And as for DL
walking into markets CO
had on its "to fly" list, most of the destinations DL
has added from NYC are routes that are former Pan Am.
also has to contend with DL
's ability to launch services from JFK
, the latter of which is unquestionably stronger in pulling in connecting passengers. There are few flights that can be supported solely by NYC traffic so DL
is not at all out of bounds to start routes via ATL
that are more dependent on connecting traffic outside of the NE.
And your fantasies of CO
are just that, fantasies. CO
doesn't have the money and won't be able to find someone willing to assist in acquiring DL
is turning their business around. DL
's creditors stand to gain far more by DL
recovering and becoming profitable for the creditors than for them to sell to another airline where even the process of an acquisition is risky. Industry consolidation won't occur until one carrier is so much weaker than the one being acquired that the investors in the acquiree see little hope that that airline can be turned around. That scenario is very unlikely to happen between CO