|Quoting MD-90 (Reply 103):|
Seems to me like US just wants to eliminate an annoying competitor. Like AA and Reno Air, but on a vastly larger scale.
In short, BBBBBBBBBBBBINGO!!!! Cliffs notes for anyone with half a brain and not an airline wannabe or armchair QB. Simply put from Airline Mergers 101:
Fleet commonality: Not there. There will even be sub fleets of the aircraft shared.
Route Network: Just a little overlap: only the entire east coast. Each hub cannabilizes one another's traffic on both the east and west coast.
DP is not the most versed man, but he's no fool. But a newsflash to all airline employees: If you thinks he cares about you and your personal situation or airline corporate culture, then you're the ones who actually deserve the pay cuts given from the past five years.
He probably figures this has a cold chance in hell of actually going through,
but if it does, he eliminates a competitor gnawing at their principal revenue markets. US (Now DL) would continue to grow internationally, keep only the principal hubs, and layoff the excess labor. The corporate culture would be the same artificial BS that always wins in situations like this, with each employee group and seniority system left to fend for themselves in a legal sespool that will take at least two years to appease through standardized contracts.
Afterward, should he be thwarted in the attempt, NW will be next in line. Of the two, the DOJ would move much faster to approve this, but I suspect he is motivated by something else. Namely to please a European aircraft manufacturer who heavily invested in it during its darkest hours and, if combined, would stand to benefit greatly from an international carrier needing to place massive orders for both narrowbody and widebody aircraft in under a five year time window to replace the majority of its aging fleet. Can you smell a massive shot in the arm in the North American market to that manufacturer? Checkmate.