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Old 08-31-2012, 02:36 PM
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So it appears that US will get AA. (BA will get a piece too)

Give your best guess on the next merger and why.

The Bigs
UA/CAL (Completeing merger. Probably won't do another for a while)
Delta
AA (AA/US) (Current merger. Probably won't do another for a long while)
Southwest


Left to acquire?
Jet Blue (Making $ and big in the east)
Virgin America (International system & growing, but small)
Alaska (Rock solid presence in the NW)

Spirit (New Vegas and Phoenix/Mesa base)
Allegiant (A lot of old Md80's, but AB's on order I hear)
Hawaiian (Just signed JB codeshare)
Frontier (Republic yard sale. I fear the worst but hope the best for those guys)

Hmmm, I guess...

VA & JB merge. JB gets Virgin name and international system, Virgin Atlantic and Virgin Australia gets significantly increased US market feed than just Virgin America. Needs to keep up with BA/AA/US deal.

DL will go after AK. Just fits and DL needs to keep up with AA & UA size.


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anybody? i would of thought someone would have chimed in on this.
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one word... (albeit hyphenated).

anti-trust.
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Old 09-04-2012, 06:05 AM
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What international system does Virgin have that jetBlue doesnt have already? From what I thought, Virgin only flies to 3 or 4 spots in Mexico.

I have no speculation but I do not see Virgin and JB happening. I also wouldnt see JB taking the Virgin name as JB is a more household name in the US.
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Originally Posted by usmc-sgt View Post
What international system does Virgin have that jetBlue doesnt have already? From what I thought, Virgin only flies to 3 or 4 spots in Mexico.

I have no speculation but I do not see Virgin and JB happening. I also wouldnt see JB taking the Virgin name as JB is a more household name in the US.
I agree. Althought the company cultures / equipment would be an easy fit. JB is more of a household name at least then Virgin America. Maybe a Alaska, Hawaiian and JB three way complementing routes and very little overlap.
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Old 09-04-2012, 09:20 AM
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We all forgot republic. They will pay Virgin and jetBlue.
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Old 09-19-2012, 01:43 PM
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We all forgot republic. They will pay Virgin and jetBlue.
Republic is desperately trying to go back to a regional only model. The YX/F9 project has exploded in BB's face. It's been a miserable failure. I seriously doubt RAH will be trying to aquire anyone.
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No need, repub will start flying CPA stuff for emirates at 5-8 PTS above cost. Serving the iad/Iah/NYC/ord/lax runs. The frontier guys will fly the 319/20s for them and the law darts will feed the buses. Enjoy that pilot shortage charade.
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Speaking of which, what's the latest on Frontier being possibly purchased?
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The future of Frontier is a major question mark. Republic wants to get rid of F9, but no one seems too interested. Its really too bad because F9 is a great airline.

I would like to see Virigin, Jet Blue and Frontier merge
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