|Quoting DL767captain (Reply 9):|
AA is kind of left out there in this combination, maybe if they were last they would just take up US airways, they are both the odd couple out and since US is so small its not a great deal
the smartest thing for AA to do is let their rivasls commit suicide and pick of the pieces here and there. AA's merger strategy was clear during UA/US back in 2000-01. Make the merged carrier spin off gates, slots and planes and then pick up those pieces....HAd UA/US gone thru, AA would likely be operating a BOS-LGA-DCA shuttle as that was part of the deal.....make the other merging carriers pay an extrememly high price of their merging, so that the new carrier is mortally wounded.