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Airlines In The Future

Thu Jul 05, 2001 9:22 am

A hot topic in the airline industry at the moment is merging. Many people believe that in the future there will be a small number of major carriers, with some small niche carriers, instead of what exists currently.

Looking ahead 10 - 20 years, assuming this trend of merging continues - which airlines will remain - what will they be named, and which will disappear. What are your predictions.

Still around
- United
- American
- British Airways / Qantas
- Singapore Airlines / Air NZ / Ansett
- Japan Airlines

Predictions of Airlines to go (through mergers etc...)
- USAirways
- Northwest
- Continental

RE: Airlines In The Future

Thu Jul 05, 2001 9:38 am

Well, lets see. Here is what MAY happen (though unlikely!) and what they may be called:

Northwest/Southwest- Western Air
British Airways/Air France- European Airways
Qantas/Air New Zealand- Aussie Air

Well, those are all unlikely, but, who knows, its a possibility!
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RE: Airlines In The Future

Thu Jul 05, 2001 9:39 am


That is terrible!!!

We need more carriers NO MORE MERGERS!!!!

only 2 or 3 US airlines would make me pissed off!!!!  Angry

RE: Airlines In The Future

Thu Jul 05, 2001 11:11 am

The airline industry follows the rest of the economy, so I'm predicting we'll see more national carriers merging into larger multi-national companies or shutting down, similar to the disappearance of many of the smaller Latin American carriers.

The best bets to disappear would be some of the marginal national carriers: Olympic, Avianca, Malev, Tarom and others with weak brand-recognition outside of their own countries and few (if any) alliance links to complicate things for a larger airline looking to stage a takeover bid.
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RE: Airlines In The Future

Thu Jul 05, 2001 1:11 pm


you don't think Delta will be around????? Anyway, the big 3 most likely are here to stay, atlest for the next 20 YEARS or so......

For some odd reason I see Northwest not being around for too many more years, but WHO KNOWS?
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RE: Airlines In The Future

Thu Jul 05, 2001 1:22 pm

that was what I'm crying..... Delta will definetly still be around. I'm pretty sure SWA will be too, and they will be a large airline by this time.

RE: Airlines In The Future

Thu Jul 05, 2001 1:31 pm

Well, one never knows, remember PanAm, Eastern, and now TWA? At some point or another we thought these airlines would always be around. True, their names may be purchased, etc, for example, the "new" PanAm, but it's not the grand old Pan Am from before.
Right now, U.S. airlines are going through some problems due to slowing economy, strikes, etc.
Doing business costs money, being established does not guarantee a future, nor does life hold guarantees of any kind.

RE: Airlines In The Future

Thu Jul 05, 2001 1:59 pm

The way I see it, with american having all these aircraft, their prices are going to go up and their sales down, this because with high prices, the smaller airlines will flourish with their low prices such as SWA, and american goes bankrupt! Ok sorry maybe thats a little too much but the larger airlines could lose the upper hand, thats my opinion,

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Thu Jul 05, 2001 3:26 pm

Southwest IS a large airline---technically a major ($1 billion/year in revenue) with 356 aircraft and counting...
Patrick Bateman is my hero.

RE: Airlines In The Future

Thu Jul 05, 2001 4:12 pm


what? why are you laughing?

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