They have a number of A330-200s ordered which are scheduled for delivery in a couple years.... and what, 20 A350s ordered for whenever they actually design and start building those too.
It makes no sense to buy second hand or lease when they have more longhaul equipment ordered .... they cannot wait for the A332s to arrive, but their best option is just to sit tight until then.
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Trust Parker, so far so good...(but hoping he'll give up on the DL merger)
He won't give up.... your best bet is that the creditors will just pass on his offer... and citibank isn't about to give him MORE money to go buy Delta with... Parker tossed one hell of a hail mary, and if it pans out for him, he gets control of what would become the world's largest airline for pennies on the dollar when three years ago he was the CEO a marginal low cost carrier.....
That said, he hasn't fully worked out the HP
/US merger.... so my guess is he tossed DL
in the mix, it would probably get ugly.... he would also have to deal with regulators.
, the labor and fleet issues he would run into in "new delta" would be a big enough headache to send most execs into early retirement. You try working 3 different airlines for seniority, pay, pension, benefits, and labor guidelines... which hubs get shorted, how to set up mx, which fleets of aircraft work out of where? Hubs in JFK
, and ATL
? you know one or two of those easily are gone. LAS
, and SLC
? My guess is at least one of those goes away too. Then they leave the entire midwest more or less to UA
to dominate (and AA
in the southern portion of the nation's center) and they would still have no Asian routes.
That said, the scariest merger of them all would be the UA
/NW..... they would be the largest airline out of NRT
, would be the largest carrier across the pacific by a good margin, and they would have a solid foothold into Europe between UA
's growing european network and NW
's close partnership with AF
/KL. That and they would own a large portion of the midwest....