I would have to say this is a possibility,but who knows what
to believe right now...since airwhiz is a united affiliate as well
maybe they it would be a good fit...where did you hear this
rumor? thx, JP
Why would SkyWest want to buy AirWis when our pilot group, flight attendants, and rampers are unionized? Besides... we get to keep our pay (and contract) if we get sold. Sounds like a big hassle to me.
Nope it doesn't look like they will be buying anyone any time soon. I checked the SEC 10K, 8k, and S-1 capital filings (that's where you'll find info on mergers, buyouts, acquisitions, and capital raising efforts) nothing there. Unless you know something the SEC doesn't.
Alaska huh, Paul? Well, we will see. SkyWest (OO) doesn't do ANYTHING unless it is a very sound, conservative business venture. That's one reason they are a successful regional carrier. I worked there for almost four years and there were rumors about OO buying the Trans States West Coast division, then OO buying Air 21 (out of FAT), then OO buying WestAir, then OO buying WinAir (also out of FAT), then Comair buying OO. Listen carefully gang, it was said, "You can believe it when it is parked on the ramp, and it has 'SkyWest' painted on the tail." Otherwise it was just fodder for the crew lounge.
BTW, I enjoyed working there. If you're going to work for a regional, then I cannot think of a better one to work for. Great people, great bases, great flying (overnights in MRY, CIC, JAK... just to name a few.) F/As tend to be "floozies"... oops, wait, I married one... never mind.
P.S. The EKO overnights were good too... "Winner!! 9!! Pay the line!! Nine, Nine, center field nine!!"
Here are some Ideas on who to buy just for S!!IT$ and Giggles
1) Chatauqua - Republic IPO is going nowwhere fast. Skywest could make a decent offer on the price and do better for the investors. The addition of American, UsAir and AWA to their existing DAL and UAL service would be a nice hedge against the future.
2) A USair wholly owned. Probably a good price right now an could lead to East Coast Expansion. Problems with J4J though if that is still on.
3) Great Lakes - Just delisted from Nasdaq. UAL code share routes to add to their DEN base plus link to Frontier
4) ASA - Delta could spin them of before pilot contract negotiations start plus generate cash for DAL. The match of aircraft and routes is perfect.
5) ACA - Long shot but a merger between the two would lead to very strong synergies. both DAL and UAL contract carriers. ACA stock price is low right now due to capped growth but the growth from Skywest would make it a very powerful airline and make the company a good deal.
6) any one of the struggling smaller regionals such as TSA, Midway, Skyways
Just my thoughts feel free to speculate/wishful think on these.
If I had to guess, I'd say it wouldn't be another regional, but one of the smaller nationals, like Frontier, Aloha, or Hawaiian. That way, should they loose the contract with either DL or UA, they can branch out on their own.