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Rolling Along Feb 14, 3:35 p.m.
@ rduguyhere, SW would be great...if they went where I needed to go. They don't. I am frequent flyer on USAirways and Delta, because the go where I HAVE to go. Occasionally JetBlue. Merger is what it is, no amount of complaining on the public's part is going to stop it. FWIW my wife is a 30 year survivor of the no longer friendly skies. She started as a Piedmont girl, back in the day. No comparison to what exists today.
V Vet 72-75 Feb 14, 2:43 p.m.
World's biggest airline. So much for that Monolopy law.
rduguyhere Feb 14, 2:21 p.m.
Fly the good guys.... Southwest. No bag fees, sit where you want, and even with 1 or 2 stops sometimes, you still get there quicker than those other guys AA and USAir. You can change flights with no penalty, etc. Try that with AA and USAir. They will tell you to bend over and take it.
paultaylorsr100 Feb 14, 1:50 p.m.
I'm surprised the unions, the NLRB, and Holder are not fighting this. Potential 800 job loss in Winston Salem?
Grand Union Feb 14, 11:57 a.m.
Its long past time to re-regulate air travel. Sure we pay less but its getting to be like traveling in a cattle car......
Last flight I was on you had to pay $8 for a snack and they had run out of even those before they got half way down the plane....and the plane runs with empty holds and stuffed full overhead lockers.......where is the sense in that!
fredk Feb 14, 11:04 a.m.
great business model...fail to charge enough to cover costs,then go broke (just about ALL airlines have). declare bankruptcy, screw the creditors, screw the unions, and start over!
just like that shampoo bottle.....rinse & repeat....when does it stop?
swst04 Feb 14, 10:44 a.m.
Reportedly the good portion of the $1b in 'savings' comes from increased business travel. I am missing how (1) increasing business travel on the airline equates to a saving and (2) they can truly increase their business travel. What's going to happen, a bunch of people are going to start traveling that aren't now, or is the new American expecting a groundswell of business moving to them from the other airlines? In any case, the projected 'savings' seem pretty soft, just made up to make numbers look good.
Mr. Middle of the Road Feb 14, 10:38 a.m.
I have a bad feeling that Charlotte is going to benefit from this merger as much as we in Raleigh benefited from the Duke-Progress Energy merger.
lec02572 Feb 14, 10:22 a.m.
kmt The biggest expenses to the airlines are staff (who are represented by unions), fuel costs, of course plane purchase cost and maintenance, and landing and take off fees charged by airports. All of those expenses can add up to a ton of money. Also, all tickets on the plane are sold at various rates including those who travel on free tickets. Just like any other business when you are hit by huge increases in fuel costs and labor costs you cannot always pass the entire costs on to the public due to competition on duplicated routes.
horsyset Feb 14, 10:21 a.m.
I miss Continental. I had several very good trip experiences with them before they were swallowed by United. US Air, what a long tale of woe.
dlnorri Feb 14, 10:20 a.m.
would have been better if AA had just bought USAir, given the 28% ownership proposal, that is effectively what is happening. Will have to look at how board sets up (remember what happened to Progress Energy Mangement). AA still does more of it's maintenance in the USA than any of it's competitors, including SW (redbelly??).
Uhavenoclu Feb 14, 10:15 a.m.
Kmt. .The airlines can have 50 people on board and they will call it a full flight as long as the FAA is concerned. That's why they either put most up front or spread them about the plane for weight and balance. They do a lot of things to get by and in good standing.
But having only a few airlines will jack up the prices. When US air took over America west they only wanted the hub stations and routes nothing for the passengers just for them.
When frontier took over midwest express they went downhill. Midwest was the best airline of them all until frontier took then over.
It's all monopoly and nothing for the people.
DoingMyBest Feb 14, 9:31 a.m.
Maybe the Gov't could learn from this. Do you think if we merge the Senate and The House, we could find $1T in savings!
yubel40 Feb 14, 9:31 a.m.
what i think, this is a good deal and a advice should be that they need to expand place they can fly also if they put a fair price on tickets it would help greatly because of the peopele wanting cheap prices and if they have better price those seat would be full quickly
kmt Feb 14, 9:15 a.m.
I always wondered how airlines go broke. You have 3200 flights daily, with roughly 100 people on each flight paying almost $500 a ticket. I'll let you do the math, but that's alot of revenue. I know planes are expensive, but they finance those and are bringing in the revenue. I know there are intricate details to their budgets but I have yet to see any airline get no business.
Jimm57 Feb 14, 9:03 a.m.
I agree with rduguyhere. Gimme a "Red belly" any day!
Caveman93 Feb 14, 9:01 a.m.
They deserve each other...no doubt.
lec02572 Feb 14, 8:43 a.m.
I hate this. I love American Airlines, however have had so many unplesant experiences on US Airways that I have refused to fly them, even when it cost me more to fly with others. As for the frequent flyer mile program typically the merger will include the merger of the different frequent flyer mile programs. They would not want to lose customers who are frequent flyers by not allowing their miles to transfer over to the merged company.
Uhavenoclu Feb 14, 8:35 a.m.
This is going back to before the 80's.Everyone is buying out everyone andsoon there will only be a few airlines in business.This is what we got away from to make flying better,now we are going back.
jblake1932 Feb 14, 8:17 a.m.
Everything is falling into place.
Published: 2007-10-05 09:38:00
Updated: 2013-09-05 17:25:12