Insta-CoGo: Delwest, or Is it Northta?
The airline industry has been abuzz for months about a possible Delta merger with Northwest. The airline boards reportedly would have voted this week on the merger, but pilots from the two airlines apparently can't agree on how their seniority lists will be integrated.
CoGo assumes that with billions at stake, the airlines should be able to find a way around that hurdle. If not, and the deal is scuttled, someone else will likely merge with Delta. And that's most likely just the start.
Word on the street is that the mania for merger will be fed by, among other things, the desire to get merger deals before the Bush administration is replaced -- possibly by an administration less likely to look kindly on less competition in the air. The airlines, however, have an extra argument in their pockets: The Open Skies Agreement with Europe will introduce stiff competition from abroad, and bigger carriers would be in a better position to compete.
Some experts argue that mergers won't make much difference to passengers. What do you think? Are you more or less likely to fly an airline comprising Northwest and Delta?
By Cindy Loose |
February 26, 2008; 2:24 PM ET
Previous: Travel Trends: The Late, Great Outdoors | Next: Bonus Rant: Cheap Seats (and a Ray of Hope)
View or post comments
Please email us to report offensive comments.
Posted by: Chasmosaur | February 26, 2008 3:39 PM
Posted by: Liz | February 26, 2008 9:27 PM
Posted by: rja112 | February 27, 2008 12:32 AM
Posted by: drh | February 27, 2008 1:29 PM
Posted by: adub | February 27, 2008 1:41 PM
Posted by: Steve | February 27, 2008 2:27 PM
Posted by: gg7401 | February 27, 2008 3:15 PM
Posted by: dave | February 28, 2008 4:26 AM
Posted by: Chasmosaur | March 8, 2008 8:51 PM
The comments to this entry are closed.