remained independent which is a long shot. One scenario I've imagined was if PI
had stood alone long enough to take TWA of Carl Icahn's hands that would have made an interesting combo. Domestic hubs at BWI
(I don't see DAY
surviving with STL
but who knows) with the JFK
operation handling the bulk of TATL with smaller ops from the domestic hubs. BWI
would probably have seen service to the big 3 in Europe -London/Paris/Frankfurt at the least.
and TWA did have a codeshare at JFK
from Upstate New York, and GSO
and maybe another city or two.
It's probably likely that WN
would still have invaded BWI
anyway regardless of whether it was a US or PI
hub and the end result may have not been much different. BWI
was basically redundant in a US/PI merger with PIT
so close, but under PI
/TW it may have been a more important component and defended more vigorously than US's response (MetroJet).
Interesting conjecture anyway.