Is US Consolidation Inevitable?

After US Airways was denied the chance to acquire Delta Air Lines by Delta's creditors, there is more discussion about the possibility of consolidation in the U.S. airline market. The other four legacy carriers, United, American, Northwest and Continental, would most likely have had to react by consolidating as well to some degree. One scenario describes the possible development as the Big Six becoming the Big Three. One driving force is the over-saturation of hub-and-spoke carriers under the present system. But mergers are difficult to achieve because of concerns over job losses and service reductions from less competition and route consolidation. On the other hand, Justice Department attitudes seem more receptive to mergers than they were, say, 10 years earlier. Privately, airline CEOs are still contemplating the possibilities.


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  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Photos;
  • Pagination: pp 49-50, 52
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  • Accession Number: 01052208
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: UC Berkeley Transportation Library
  • Files: BTRIS, TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 21 2007 1:15PM