Tuesday, August 18, 2009
There are two stories up online which attempt to assess the landmark slot swap proposal between US Airways and Delta. The first, Ben Mutzabaugh's Impact of Delta-US Airways Slot Swap Will Be Far-Reaching, Today in the Sky Blog (Aug. 14, 2009) (available here), draws some general conclusions from a number of news sites to essentially conclude that "the pact--if approved by regulators--will result in a major shakeup in the competitive landscape in both" the Washington, D.C. and New York area markets. That's not a bad thing by any stretch. According to the same post, US Airways--which has been no stranger to bankruptcy--will receive an estimated $75 million boost to its profits from the deal.
A second assessment of the arrangement, Adrian Schofield et al.'s Northeast U.S. Airline Market Reshaped by Large Slot Deals, Aviation Wk., Aug. 16, 2009 (available here), also assesses the smaller, but noteworthy, Continental/AirTran Airways deal.