Jim Oberstar will be the chair of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee from January.
On China Routes:
A key House Democrat, the incoming transportation committee chairman, said it might make sense for the government to award the next U.S.-China flight to American Airlines because that would boost competition across the Pacific Ocean.
Rep. Jim Oberstar, who counts Minnesota-based Northwest among his constituents, told the Minneapolis Star-Tribune that he intends to recommend by mid-December that the Transportation Department award the route to American or United.
On US-DL Merger:
"People are saying [that] there is overcapacity" and that some seats should be removed from the market through mergers and other consolidation, Oberstar said. But he sees carriers flying with many full planes and argues that "there is a lack of substantial competition" on many routes.
"What does this do in markets where the two carriers are now competing?" he said. "Who are the other competitors in those markets? Will some cities lose out? Will travelers [end up] paying higher fares?
"Those are the questions that I think have to be evaluated before you can make a judgment on whether this proposed merger would be in the overall best public interest.
So this could mean CO and NW are out of the China run.
Oberstar isn't too keen on this merger.