I don't know if this has been asked before in here, although I wouldn't be suprised if it has, but since I am new here, I thought I'd ask it anyways, just incase minds may have been changed since last it was asked
The 2 questions that I have are the following .....
1. In your opinion, which US passenger airline(s) (mainline carriers, no regionals, LCC's or commuters) have the best and worst "hub and spoke" structure up to and since 2001 ?
2. In your opinion, which US passenger airline(s) (mainline carriers, no regionals, LCC's or commuters) have the best and worst airliner fleet diversity up to and since 2001 ?
3. In your opinion, which US passenger airline(s), since the 1980's, have had either better or worse results after merging with 1 or more other US airlines ?
My answers for these questions would be ....
For best hub and spoke airlines, I'd say United and Delta, for worst I'd say Northwest and Continental
For best airline fleets, I'd say, Delta and Continental, for worst, I'd say, United, America, Northwest, US Airways
For best and worst airline mergers, I'd say the best were Alaska and Jet America/MarkAir/WienAir/MorrisAir, Delta and Western (at least, for several years after the merger), United and PanAm (that is, when United got PanAm's Pacific routes and Heathrow rights). For the worst mergers, I'd say American and AirCal/RenoAir, US Airways and PSA/Alleghny, Northwest and Republic/HughesAirWest, Continental and TransInternational/Frontier (the origianal).
What are your answers to these questions ?