If Lorenzo had gotten National and merged it with TIA
, it changes many things:
1) Continental up in the air... and this has sub effects: People Express? New York Air? would they have been created?
2) Pan Am still looking for domestic feed
3) Eastern not ground into the dirt
4) Air Florida got a large part of it's base from Pan Am dropping National's routes ex-Florida, so it would of been badly affected...
Once you start pulling on those threads it changes the whole 80s and 90s for the airline industry as far as who lives, who gets merged into who, who goes bankrupt...
I can see:
itself would of been something of a player... I can see it merging with someone else, Republic maybe?
Pan Am probably would of bought up smaller airlines, maybe USAir, Air Florida and/or Air Cal... and would of been able to build it's own hubs when the A320s came along, instead of trying to blend National's routes into a domestic feed which didn't work well.
Eastern is a big question mark in all this. Without Lorenzo, the mid 80s change drastically for EA
, and without the PEX/NYA competition in the BOS
-NY-WAS corridor and into Florida, Eastern's fortunes look very different. I can see them buying PSA
and maybe Muse Air in the late 80s and maybe merging eventually with TWA (TWA+Ichan probably wouldn't of happened either...) producing a strong international airline.
United probably would be a much different airline today, and might of been the suitor for Continental but DEN
would of been a big issue against that, and probably a limited trans-atlantic operation if any.
Delta... would they of still gotten Western?
American would be a different airline for sure, though maybe a healthier one... Piedmont possible merger?
America West, Southwest, Midway, Braniff, USAir, Piedmont, Northwest (Orient)... ?
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