Should DL make a bid for Alaska

Should DL make a bid for Alaska

Created by Merger Mania on Dec 20, 2013

57 votes

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YES - to keep United at bay

YES - to keep Southwest out of SEA (WN in ATL)

YES - to prevent a bidding war from American

YES - to build a viable Asian hub

YES - cause Delta has opened Pandoras Box

Merger Mania

San Antonio, TX

#1 Dec 20, 2013
Basically Delta has just forced Star Alliance and Southwest to respond to a competitive dressing down of their critical mass.

Alaska wants no part in a merger with anyone including Delta... I just wonder if Delta went into the Asian hub with foresight and thought, for if they did; they obviously missed out on the cause and effect results which could prove detrimental to DL and for that matter a freestanding independent AS which is the only thing they have professed to want all along.
star skyteam oneworld

United States

#2 Dec 22, 2013
Downgrades of Delta stock are most likely coming as significant risks are ahead, what ever options Delta may choose, in terms of exploring a merger with AS or going at it alone with their Seattle Pacific growth strategy.

Delta has opened Pandoras Box
oneworld skyteam star

United States

#3 Dec 28, 2013
Any looksie by Delta at a AS merger would result in

WN + B6
And even possibly an

WN UA DL or AA is about to get left without a bride. Really though critical mass has been achieved so it is the one world skyteam star alliance that only one airline is being left at the alter.

Let us see if this WN will maintain the critical mass, and yields to grow organically internationally.

737 Plan A Alliances
737 Plan B Mergers
737 Plan C Exclusive marketing agreements
737 Plan D Joint Ventures
oneworld skyteam star

United States

#4 Dec 28, 2013
Maximizing control of partners and inclusion or exclusion of Alliance Marketing partners is done only one way.

That one way is the M word. Pandora's Box has been breached now it just remains to be seen what long term strategies will be employed for AS B6 HA to remain independent and VX find a place.
HA maybe an exclusive marketing agreement with UA

AS a switch to WN, instead of DL for codeshare agreements and a ff international feed for AA out of SEA

B6 might pursue a JV with some North American International Carrier.

VX perhaps they will seek to join oneworld, sky team, and star.

Pandora... the gods knew you would open that box cause hope, charity, faith, and trust were also locked away with greed.

Since: Apr 09

Kitty Hawk, NC

#5 Dec 29, 2013
There's no "no" option? I say "no"!(Just to stir up the pot)

Since: Mar 12

Location hidden

#6 Dec 30, 2013
The redtails wrote the book on how you make cash in Asia, Delta bought the redtails, Delta knows how to make a buck, don't beleive me? check their 2013 profits they can pay cash for what ever they want if they want AS they will get them.
MQ Envoy

Houston, TX

#7 May 21, 2014
Really seems like Pandora's box has been opened by Delta saying join us exclusively Alaska or else.

Now Compass is being forced by Delta against SkyWest, and Envoy may become a factor in Seattle as Alaska has SkyWest ditch Delta or face any new and current flying being given to Envoy or someone else.

I think SkyWest has been suffering with too many 50 seaters, thus any loss of contractual flying would not be good.

Envoy could use the boost, while Compass, could face a significant budgetary risk by injecting itself into Seattle as Delta's concubine Geisha.

Interesting times!

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