US / AA, now Southwest is the smalles...

US / AA, now Southwest is the smallest, who is a good merger partner?

Created by Merger Mania on Nov 13, 2013

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Merger Mania

United States

#1 Nov 13, 2013
Does US / AA merger awaken Southwest?

Now that Southwest is the smallest network carrier of the "big four, " will Southwest choose a dance partner that will let them go mainstream international, or at least grow bigger to be competitive in size?
Merger Mania

United States

#2 Nov 13, 2013
Southwest to Australia or New Zealand would be cool! Afterall they are SW of the North American mainland!
Richard

Scottsdale, AZ

#3 Nov 13, 2013
Southwest is still the largest domestic carrier and with the purchase of Airtran will expand into Mexico and Canada. There isnt a good match left to them but they will continue to expand into new markets. There biggest problem is rpsm and they are already saying they may start charging for bags and other services. In the end they are becoming just like all the other airlines. If you take the time to shop there website and then compare to other carriers they are higher in most markets, especially those they are dominate in.
Merger Mania

United States

#4 Nov 13, 2013
Southwest biggest?

Fleet size,
Passenger miles,
Available seats,

Nah they are not the biggest. They do have a revenue problem though, as evidenced by the recent downgrades to neutral
Denarrou

Littleton, CO

#5 Nov 16, 2013
Merger Mania wrote:
Does US / AA merger awaken Southwest?
Now that Southwest is the smallest network carrier of the "big four, " will Southwest choose a dance partner that will let them go mainstream international, or at least grow bigger to be competitive in size?
Alaska is the natural merger partner: compatible fleet, long-haul routes, fills in west coast routes.
Denarrou

Littleton, CO

#6 Nov 22, 2013
The more I think about this, the better a merger/buyout of Southwest and Alaska Airlines looks. Both are exclusively 737 fleets, have many common cities served, each has strengths that would complement the others in terms of hub/focus cities and portions of the country served, and each is emphasizing a trend to longer haul routes. What's not to like about this?
Merger Mania

United States

#7 Dec 8, 2013
WN and AS do have a single fleet type, however that is about it.

However they are both in the business of getting people from point A to point B. Well I guess if you do not count the stops at points C and D or E WN often makes along the way!

I am sure DL would hate for WN to get an anchor city in SEA, much as they are not happy with WN in ATL.

:-)
Merger Mania

San Antonio, TX

#8 Dec 21, 2013
Kind of seems positions are being scoped out.

AA the bidding war spoiler
DL the takeover candidate
UA the Pacific yield protector reseeking SEA glory
WN SEA and Alaska Hawaii Planes

and Alaska, the spunky little rugged all American deregulation success story, fiercely independent and efficient, fulfilling and repeating history in a David and Goliath battle. This story has WN written all over it!

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