Fly Fast, Live Slow
- Feb 7, 2005
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Could be AMR management is trying to deflect attention away from the unions' desires for a merger with US.
F9, I highly doubt it. What do we have to offer? Some leases on Airbuses? A hub in which there is plenty of competition and very expensive? A screwed up Integrated Seniority List? Nope, not gonna be F9. We re on our own.
This situation will be what forces a final round of mergers in the industry. I predict an AMR/USAirways combination to make a new, "largest" carrier and then the remaining big carriers will go after the remaining smaller independent airlines or the smaller carriers will combine to make a new, big carrier. Economy of scale is important, if you look back through airline history smaller airlines (and large ones too sometimes) tend to either fail or get bought out eventually. Alaska, SW and Hawaiian are the exceptions to the rule so far. The jury is still out on JB, FRNT, Spirit, VA, Allegiant, etc. This is sure to get interesting before it's over.