But at the same time, they are still far away from having a significant Asian presence equal to what they had when PDX
was the transPac hub.
The only U.S. carrier with a thinner Asian network is American.
They still would have a long way to go to match Northwest and United.
I believe those are two entirely different animals. There are several airlines right now operating both the 777 and 330 side by side. This is a non-issue.
When talking about fleet commonality, after a certain point, it does not matter. Both airlines have large fleets of both, and has been mentioned, keeping them hub specific, makes this less of an issue as some might think.
Yes, they are very similar, some airline execs have stated the only real difference between the 738 and 320 is the acquisition price.
A merger like this is not so much concerned with hubs and fleets as we are on A.Net...right now, the accountants are looking at much more intense stuff....share prices, debt load, then labor contracts, seniority lists, etc.
The most important thing is the removal of capacity....not from any one hub in particular, but the U.S. and International networks as a whole.
In this instance, it is about market share; how they go about it, through which hubs and with what fleet is all secondary at the moment.
Look to the current US/HP merger for proof. It's been how long now?, and they still have many holes in the domestic network....they only thing they've really done is added the flights to Hawai'i......plus there has been virtually no movement on the fleet end....the two airlines are flying what they had before the merger, taking on orders placed before.