US Trying to Purchase Alaska(n)????? Right....

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  1. Art234
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    Not only that...

    "Unconfirmed reports say U.S. Airways is trying to buy out competitor Alaskan Airlines. After previous failed attempts to merge with United, U.S. Airways is the last of the major airlines which have not merged."

    (American will be happy to learn they are no major airline anymore.)

    "The airline bought America West in 2005."

    Really? And I thought America West bought US Airways.
     
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    The most hilarious thing about this catch is that the editor of the Florida News Journal has removed the article due to not being able to confirm the validity of the story. Classic.
     
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    Oh no doubt the thought has occurred to Doug Parker, "hey we're strong on the East Coast, we've kinda killed Vegas, we do have strenght in Phoenix but a Seattle hub would be cool. And we'd be bigger and I'm kinda bored with this US Airways/America West integration thing that's been so hard, maybe the secret sauce would be to throw more pilots into the mix, happy pilots like they have over there at Alaska, plus if the employees come after me I could fly to Nome or Adak Island to hide."

    Sticking Alaska with US Airways' cost structure and labor relations is a bad idea. US Airways' Star Alliance membership might add additional scrutiny to a US-AS combo, given UA's hub at LAX and SFO. Certainly AA/DL (who currently partner with AS) would make their voice known to the DOJ.

    This doesn't seem like a very good idea, which of course is why it's imaginable that US AIrways might try to do it!
     
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    I think it's more likely that AS would take over US than the other way around. Certainly AS has managed to grow their business over the last 10 years. US, not so much (putting aside the merger).
     
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    I don't think anyone wants to acquire US Airways because of its ongoing/neverending union issues from the AmWest/US Air merger. It is bad enough to deal with merging companies A and B much less dealing with C.
     
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    AA merged with TWA only a decade ago. Well. a near-death TWA, but it was a merger.
     
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    Sure, but the US/America West combination was years after that, so the statement still doesn't make sense.
     
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    Last I heard, they still hadn't integrated the pilot lists between these two carriers.
     
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    Well, 0.000001% chance is more likely than 0.0000000000001% chance. ;)
     
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    There's the Art234 we all know and love...Good to see you back here!
     
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    No, technically it wasn't a merger. AA just bought most of the assets of TWA, which put former TWA employees into a bad position. Some very experienced FAs are glad to be flying RJ routes still. Personally, I lost a lifetime lounge membership in the process. This is very different from a merger, where the new airline is forced to take on all of the former airline's obligations.
     
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    Technically, it was a "merger" by definition.[1, 2] Of course many TWA folks were hurt because it was a takeover, not a merger of peers, no matter how they tried to convince people:

     
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