these kind of comments are actually just what DL
wants to hear.... that there is no need for consolidation if everyone stays apart.
given that every network airline is/has reporting/reported at least some profits this year, capacity is being pulled down, and LFs are at record levels, it is might hard to convince gov't leaders that there is a need for consolidation in the industry. Washington is NOT interested in seeing any airline report higher profits if it comes at the expense of low fares and more service. given that every merger will be fueled at least partly by capacity reductions, it will take a downturn in the industry before Washington warms up to the idea of consolidation.
you might want to see my post on the role of mergers in the industry but I don't think anyone should expect to see any mergers in the next couple years unless the bottom falls out of the industry.
at the same time, it's interesting that B6
is even talking about mergers. perhaps they see one in their future? US and DL
don't overlap in B6
's NYC markets so consolidation among those two woudn't help B6