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Old 08-13-2013, 12:43 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Old 08-13-2013, 02:01 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I hope they do block it, the service of the industry would go down ever more!
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I think it's just a play to push for concessions from AA/US. DCA slots immediately come to mind, which is too bad for US since they may end up losing everything they got out of the DL/US slot swap.
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Old 08-14-2013, 10:45 AM   #4 (permalink)
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As an AA employee, I was initially against the merger. But as I had more time to think about what the benefits would be, I realize it's the best option for both airlines, in order to compete with United-Continental and Delta-Northwest.

If AA and US are to survive in the long term against UA and DL which have become mega-carriers, they need a fleet of aircraft and a route network to offer more choices and more destinations. A strong airline will benefit shareholders, employees, and yes, even the consumer. Otherwise, we will have 2 strong carriers and 2 weak carriers. And the strong carriers will have the resources to go after AA's and US's markets, further weakening AA and US, which means less job security for their employees, and possibly elimination of one of the carriers. Do we really want only 2 major airlines in the U.S. when the dust settles, as opposed to three?

I am appalled by the double standard the U.S. DOJ is using against this merger. If UA-CO and DL-NW were approved, then so should AA-US. Even Bob Crandall has spoken out against the DOJ, the man who brought AA back from the brink in the 1980s.

I hope this merger succeeds, and without many concessions, it's just not fair if it doesn't. There is so little route overlap by AA and US, and the DCA slot issue is stupid. If AA-US give up slots at DCA, a lot of regional flying currently flown by US Express to smaller cities will go away, because other airlines will use those slots to feed their networks' hubs. DL, UA, WN and B6 have no interest in serving those routes.

The argument by the DOJ and the 6 states involved just doesn't hold water.
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I kind of thought the same thing. That UA and Delta got a little worried about the merger and made a call to Washington. Hate to say it but that what it sounds like to me.. I could be wrong though.
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As an AA employee, I was initially against the merger. But as I had more time to think about what the benefits would be, I realize it's the best option for both airlines, in order to compete with United-Continental and Delta-Northwest.

If AA and US are to survive in the long term against UA and DL which have become mega-carriers, they need a fleet of aircraft and a route network to offer more choices and more destinations. A strong airline will benefit shareholders, employees, and yes, even the consumer. Otherwise, we will have 2 strong carriers and 2 weak carriers. And the strong carriers will have the resources to go after AA's and US's markets, further weakening AA and US, which means less job security for their employees, and possibly elimination of one of the carriers. Do we really want only 2 major airlines in the U.S. when the dust settles, as opposed to three?

I am appalled by the double standard the U.S. DOJ is using against this merger. If UA-CO and DL-NW were approved, then so should AA-US. Even Bob Crandall has spoken out against the DOJ, the man who brought AA back from the brink in the 1980s.

I hope this merger succeeds, and without many concessions, it's just not fair if it doesn't. There is so little route overlap by AA and US, and the DCA slot issue is stupid. If AA-US give up slots at DCA, a lot of regional flying currently flown by US Express to smaller cities will go away, because other airlines will use those slots to feed their networks' hubs. DL, UA, WN and B6 have no interest in serving those routes.

The argument by the DOJ and the 6 states involved just doesn't hold water.
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