This piece from the Puget Sound Business Journal is all but calling it game over. Now for years many of us have been speculating about a Delta takeover of Alaska Airlines (AS). Alaska does not seem to want to be taken over by their sorta-partner-ish airline rival.
I was VERY much in the PRO merger camp a while back. It would benefit Delta to swallow up Alaska and I wanted that to happen. Now, NO WAY PAL! Please NO NO NO! Alaska has a top notch operation and a frequent flyer program that big brother Delta could only DREAM of having. Alaska is rewarding those who spend more with the airline AND those who just fly now and then. I could go on and on how honest, upfront and the fact that they publish rather than HIDE their award charts.
So will it happen? I am no legal expert by far. From my gut I would think it would be very hard to pull off. Everyone is so upset at Delta this year that from a popularity standpoint it would be like a Texas rancher trying to convince a vegan that beef is really good for them and to trust them that a Delta takeover would be good for them. Yeah, just not gonna happen.
What do you think? Is it really going to happen? Is it all but inevitable? Would it be good for Delta? Would it be good for Alaska flyers? You know how I feel. How do YOU feel about it? – René
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