Maybe they are worried about SY. At first I didn't think they were going to take much action.
I get the feeling that they did not anticipate SY to be a threat at first and are now beginning to think twice on that judgement. SY is starting to put up some good number that indicate further expansion could be possible. AS won't want to give up a lucrative market to a new player, especially, with the fare bloodbath that is taking place down in California right now.
Please don't lambaste me for this question... But does anyone think it would be in Alaska's interest to one day acquire SY? Common fleet and allows them a new 'hub' of sorts in MSP to compete with DL. I've always wondered about this but haven't found the appropriate timing to ask until now.
I don't see it as being likely but I suppose nothing is impossible.
Common fleet type is not near as important as it used to be, especially because AS now operates both major narrow body aircraft types. On top of that I don't think that AS has much interest in another merger for the time being. I think that they are likely very happy with what they have going right now and would probably like to let things stabilize for awhile.
On top of all of that I believe that SY management and ownership is beginning to see some of the true potential of SY as an airline. I genuinely believe that if they play their cards carefully and correctly they will have a cash cow of an airline on their hands. It is likely that they see that too and won't want to give that up.
Been on: 320, 321, 333, 733, 73G, 738, 739, 744, 752, 763, 764, 772, 789, C208, CR7, CR9, BE20, MD83, MD88, MD90, E70, E75, E90, TRIM
Flown: SEEKER, C150M C172N, C172R, C172S, C182RG, DA40, PA-46