jplatts wrote:American Airlines Group could merge MQ and PT into a single airline as
(a) both MQ and PT operate ERJ-145 regional jets,
(b) the ERJ-145 is the only regional jet model that PT currently operates, and
(c) merging MQ and PT into a single carrier would allow American Airlines Group to eliminate some of the management positions at its Envoy and Piedmont subsidiaries that would become unnecessary after an MQ-PT merger.
The competition concerns that would be there in the case of merging independent airlines (as would be the case in an AA-AS merger or an AA-B6 merger) would likely be absent in the case of an MQ-PT merger as
(a) the fares that AA would be charging for American Eagle flights after an MQ-PT merger would likely be similar to the fares that AA would be charging absent an MQ-PT merger,
(b) both MQ and PT already operating their flights under the American Eagle brand,
(c) a merged MQ-PT would still continue to operate flights under the American Eagle brand after an MQ-PT merger, and
(d) many of the destinations that are served by MQ or PT already having service on other airlines such as DL (incl. 9E/YX/OO flights operated under the DL Connection brand), UA (incl. ZW/C5/G7/YV/YX/OO flights operated under the UA Express brand), WN, or G4.
Is American Airlines Group likely to merge MQ and PT into a single airline?
Makes sense, but why not include Envoy? It can't be advantageous to operate separate wholly owned companies. Maybe unions/seniority issues are reasons??