/CO combination was rumored for years - in good times and in bad times - as the route systems of both carriers would work well together. The story went that NYC ops could be consolidated at EWR
, the CO CLE
hub would be losed down in favor of the DL CVG
would of course remain and expand, DL
was still a DL
hub when these rumors were hot) would be closed down in favor of IAH
, and SLC
would continue to be the western hub of the system. Aircraft are a good (but not great fit) - while both CO
fly 737s, 757s, 767s, and 777s, engines differ on the 757s, some 767s (DL has a mixed PW
/GE fleet) and the 777s......and CO
has all of those 2nd generation 737s while DL
is a big MD80 operator (as well as the MD90). But there are serious problems when it comes to finances (CO is in reasonable shape financially and has actually shown a profit here and there in the past years while DL
is stuck in bankruptcy), both airlines have an awful lot of debt,and then there are the employees and intergration to think about (CO in recent years has been a much happier place to work at than DL
When the DL
merger was good gossip (back before things got so difficult over at DL
).......for various reasons, CO
would be the surviving carrier although it would be absorbing a far bigger airline.
It never happened, and probably never will - CO
seems content in growing on its own and continue to expands.
Then, of course, there are the CO
rumors -again, unlikely to happen.