|Quoting STT757 (Reply 21):|
I could see WN taking over US Airways:
WN takes over most Domestic ops, a spin off of US operates the International flights and some full service Domestic flights.
WN takes over all of US Airways LGA and DCA operations.
WN takes over PHL and PHX domestic operations.
Charlotte becomes a new WN "Hub", transformed to a WN style hub ala PHX, PHL, BWI, MDW etc..
I don't see this as far fetched at all. WN
has stated in several Analyst conferences and publicly to the press, that they want to expand into the international market. Many seem to interpret that as a relationship with ATA. If they acquired US, they'd have a ready made set up at PHL
with their current/projected flights, any non-overlapping US domestic flights and the existing US international services - as well as a cadre of long haul/ultra-long haul aircraft in the firm order pipeline for delivery in 2009 and beyond. If WN
developed this approach, it seems unlikely they'd use CLT
as a Hub, or retain BWI
at it's current levels. I'm certainly not bashing CLT
, it's just that in such a scenario WN
would appear to have to focus domestic feed to PHL
and not BWI
which is a mere 100 miles distance and CLT
just doesn't have the domestic O&D to support a conservative stand-alone Hub operation. Regardless, it would be interesting to sit back and watch the SW
management posture take over Tempe based US.
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