#1 May 21, 2014
Noticed that SkyWest along with Compass are doing a lot of flying for the high cost Legacy Carrier carrier from Atlanta up against the Established Network Carrier in Seattle.
Which airline has deeper pockets to weather the storm of any fare wars with Horizon Alaska?
Shouldn't SkyWest be concerned if they continue playing Delta against Seattle, they will have the rugged pulled from under them with the SkyWest Alaska Contract?
Or is SkyWest basically a victim of Delta putting the squeeze on SkyWest to be their exclusive marketing partner in Seattle.
I know the Skywests CRJ 700s are far more efficient than the Compass ERJ 175/175s, and the Bombardier Q400s of Horizon are even more environmentally friendly in terms of fuel usage.
So which is set to weather the storm better Compass or SkyWest?
#2 May 21, 2014
Or would Envoy ever be contracted out to fly for American Eagle or
Envoy Alaska, in place of SkyWest Alaska? Could be a big bonus for MQ employees!
#3 May 22, 2014
Another possibility is DL senses that UA, AA, and others, mainly WN do not have the right formula for merging airlines.
Knowing that a DL merger might not be able to get government approval, DL is going to attempt to hammer AS with passenger friendly, but expensive to operate EMB 175 jungle jetliners via surrogates forcing AS' hand into a marriage of convenience with AA or UA, thinking by then they - DL - will be able to dominate, SEA.
It will be interesting to see what tricks AS has up its sleeves.
#4 Jun 10, 2014
One other possibility is AS & DL are staging somewhat of a "Phony War" out west so they may squeeze Virgin America seats off the grid, subsequently benefitting both networks yields in a gentleman's test to see how AS will partipate in the AA DL UA WN drive to maintain the status quo with the big boys.
Illusions in biz or poker are just part of the game, and it would not look good if big bad Delta beat Virgin America to a pulp.
However, if SkyWest, Horizon, Delta, Compass, and Alaska, plunged the dagger together, into VX it would hardly get any notice, and would thus benefit the entire cartel, by ending a yield diminishing competitor, dependent upon Daddy Branson's goodwill and ego.
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