|Quoting OzarkD9S (Reply 3):|
the network of the two were very complementary. Another one of those "what-if" scenarios.
|Quoting ABQopsHP (Reply 4):|
Would the combined company been able to shrink the size of STL to cause the Caribou deal to not have such a major impact on the operation? Or was Caribou a system wide thing that TW would not have been able to get around?
|Quoting iflyCA (Reply 6):|
I'm sorry but what is the Carabou/Karabu deal?
|Quoting Thrust (Reply 9):|
IMO, there was really nothing that anybody could have done to save TWA once Icahn gained the reins. He systematically sold the airline off piece by piece...even with the addition of America West it would have breathed little life into the airline I think. The final nail in the coffin came when Icahn forced them to agree to the Karibu agreement. 2003 would have been the year TWA was relieved of the obligation, but a buyout by another airline was their only alternative to liquidation by 2001. TWA was plagued by an extremely old fleet that they failed to modernize until the very last minute...Icahn, who had no interest in helping the airline grow domestically or internationally, and a hub within basically one city at the very end, which was not big enough to support all of TWA's operations there.