A U.S. Airline Will Declare Bankruptcy In 2021, And Two Smaller Airlines Will Merge

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  1. Could be JetBlue and Alaska. Strong east and west coast presence, respectively, but not as much on the other coast, respectively. Also AA would probably be next for Bankruptcy

  2. A merger could involve any of these airlines: JetBlue, Alaska, Hawaiian, Spirit, Frontier, Allegiant. Could also see consolidation among the regional carriers.

    American seems most likely to file bankruptcy.

  3. I dont see Alaska merging with Jetblue because its not cost effective because their fleets arent competitive so maintenance cost would be way too high, due to Alaska changing to all Boeing and Jetblue is all Airbus. However, Spirit and Frontier would be the perfect marriage as they are a lot similar of an operation that merger would be more of a seamless transition.

  4. I agree an Alaska/Jet Blue merger is highly speculative at.best. Over the years the rumor mill churned with rumors about Alaska mergers with Continental, AA, Delta and even TWA but they have remained independent and will probably stay that way. I wonder if there were a merger of two regionals which ones are most likely? As for the bankruptcy that’s anyone’s guess.

  5. No one is suggesting Sun Country as an airline to merge with, interesting since they were a top performer of 2020

  6. Not American it’s fine. It code-shares with Alaska,BA, and works closely with Quantas, Finnair to name a few. Jetblue,SWA are good. Don’t know much about Sun Country, no value with a merger. Alaska airlines is becoming a hub for AA in Seattle for Asian market.I worked for AWA, we bought USair and then we merged with AA. That is why Doug Parker runs AA. He ran AWA and buy out of USair.Frontier probably merge with someone.

  7. I say United Airlines because of the way they treat people. Like the latest one with a 2 yr old not wearing a mask. They have been sued so many times.

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