EA CO AS wrote:
Eleven straight JD Power awards for highest in customer satisfaction tells me AS is better than just average.
We’re working on number 12. Can you tell me how many other U.S. carriers have won 12 in a row?
Exactly, and B6 was competing against the lovable Southwest all those years, while Alaska was in the ez cripple category against the likes of fight club UA and too big to fail so we can be messy AA.
Alaska will never have the national much less international recognition B6 has, despite being 5 times older. Like i've said before, no one wants to fly from cultured metropolises on a plane named Alaska with a picture of E.T. on the tail. They want style, sophistication, and a brand that lends itself to dreams of spendor, not icy wastelands.
Hate AS much? AS has a far greater International reach than B6. While they don't currently, they have served the Russian Far East, they have been serving both Canada & Mexico for decades, nothing B6 has done. Now B6 flies the Caribbean, Central & the Northern part of South America.
AS would be the aggressor in a pitch to obtain B6, they would lose the JetBlue name, integrate it all into a much larger Alsska & eskimos would be flying from Europe to Hawaii & Alaska to South America.
AS would do the same thing they did with VX, cut underperforming routes, adjust routes to accomodate the right sized aircraft, Boeings flying JFK-FLL, MCO or BOS-PDX/SEA. I think AS may go F/W/Y.losing Mint, except on the premium few routes that they need to compete on SFO/LAX-JFK/BOS or Hawaii.
It sure would make it easier to consider a mix fleet moving forward with an even mix of A&B. I know VX birds were almost all leased, I don't know if B6 leases or is buying their aircraft, or both.
In short if AS buys B6, AAG deals with Embraer on replacing all the current B6 E-190's in exchange for more E-175ER's. The older Airbuses that could go, would go ASAP. Again AAG will be cutting underperforming services. Depending on age & time left on the lease terms, AS may decide to poark old Airbus aircraft & only refurbish those they own or are still filled with life on their contract.
I could imagine more than a dozen cities would be chopped, but I'd also expect AAG to fill in some places with adds in LAX, FLL, BOS, JFK, SFO, PDX, SEA & ANC. When you overlap their route maps, it is incredibly complimentary route map. While, as others have stated, there are fewer destinations in the middle & that's true with many carriers.
AAG would need to connect a few dots, as they did with their VX acqusition & then integrate schedules at the hub cities for the most available connecting opportunities.Routes like PDX-FLL.
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