I see it a little differently, though I'm not sure it matters as how I see it doesn't mean it would work.
operates hub-and-spoke, point-to-point, and Apple Vacations-type scheduled/charter services. Quite a blend of operations, and a pretty decent mix of each. AFAIK, blending the vacations-oriented G4
with the more tradionally-weighted F9
might give a really nice hybrid mix for the combined system. I don't think you'd need to eliminate one or the other necessarily either - G4
could keep doing what G4
does, with F9
transitioning some of the Apple-type stuff to G4
I can see a lot of synergies between the two in station costs/staffing, fleet training/maintenance (Airbus), and sharing of the vacation services and expertise of G4
but morphed onto the F9
system as well.
With fleet, I'd imagine F9
taking on the 80 NEO's, with their existing CEO's (all owned anyhow) moving over to G4
. This woud keep the newer, more efficient (and expensive) fleet flying higher-frequency schedules at Frontier, while the older, more maintenance driven and less efficient (but less expensive to own) fleet would fly the lower utilization schedules of G4
The travel arm that currently sells G4
itineraries could just as easily sell Frontier itineraries. At select airports, there could be a limited option of interlining, at least as a trial. I see this as limited - perhaps a few cities would have G4
service to DEN
in the winter for vacations, but offering connections to F9
I've pondered these things before so I'm not saying anything new or original. I think one big impediment would be the $150M (or whatever it is) judgment against F9
by Republic that they have deferred due to acquiring F9
. Unless Bedford wants to explain to the shareholders of Republic why he is writing that off, he will need to get at least get that plus change for Frontier, and that doesn't include any Frontier debt assumptions, repaying Republic for the NEO delivery positions or any deposits, etc. Those could be even more insurmountable obstacles than the logistical questions.