So, US Airways has pulled the plug on merger discussions with United. The usual blabberers are running their typical spiel about how this was all a ploy by United to smoke out Continental, who they really want to merge with. Yeah, maybe, but I think there’s more. I really believe United would’ve done a deal with US Airways. Only problem was that US Airways wouldn’t do the deal that United wanted, which left United’s current boss in control. When they couldn’t come to some sort of mutual understanding, US Airways walked.
Question is, does anyone think the folks running Continental are more likely than US Airways to execute a merger agreement that leaves United’s current management in charge? I don’t think so. Perhaps United might be a little more flexible if there’s a possibility of linking up with an airline like Continental? Time will tell. Sure is fun to watch.