Wow. I said that labor would be an important watch item in Southwest’s bid for Frontier, and it looks like I was right. Here’s a link to the news on the Dallas Morning News Airline Biz Blog.
I’m not going to add a new post for my comments this evening. I’ll just add my thoughts here. Initial indications are that Southwest entered some kind of labor provision in its offer that required the pilot groups to come together on a combined seniority list. When they couldn’t pull that off (big surprise there…not), the provision basically made Southwest’s offer invalid. I’m a little mystified that Southwest management thought that 2 pilot groups would hammer out a seniority deal this fast.
At this point, I really don’t know how I feel about this news. More tomorrow.