Originally Posted by JMedwick
That makes little sense. Lets review some facts:
1. When US Airways and America West merged, the US Airways name was kept and the HQ moved to Tempe, the site of the America West HQ, though I will admit that Phoenix is the combined company's largest hub.
2. The current CEO and many higher-ups within US Airways are America West folks. With US Airways being the acquiring company (in the same way as BellSouth and AT&T) and US Airways run by Phoenix folks, do you really think that they will move to Atlanta?
3. "Atlanta is home to the busiest airport in the world, and one of the most efficient well run." The efficient and well run line makes me laugh. Take a look at the on-time stats for Atlanta as reported by the US government compared to other large US airports.
Air Travel Consumer Report
After taking a look at that you no doubt see that from 6 pm -10pm less than 50% of arriving flights come in on time with a cumulative on-time arrival percentage of 60%. From 8pm-9pm, only 48.7% of departures leave on time. Atlanta has a cumulative on-time departure rate of 65.3%. ORD has no hour-long periods below 50% and a cumulative on-time departure rate of 69%Those figures are far below any other US airport, even ORD. I am sorry, but no matter how you slice it, Atlanta looks like a hub that is too large for its own good and anything but a model of efficiency for anyone.
Ok, first of all, we know that the Delta name will be kept. They have stated this. And why? Because, Delta airlines at the 3rd largest US carrier is a more respected and widely known Airline, one that is valued more than US Airways. This was also stated in the article, and is common knowledge.
Secondly, I'm not sure why you keep citing the merger between HP and US Airways. Its a completely different thing. And in that circumstance, US Airways was the more common name, and that's probably why it was kept. It also had a bigger fleet, but CLT is a poor place to have a main hub. Basically, what you had there was the gutting of US Airways by HP. HP was a superior airline, and better off financially, but US Airways was more well known, so they took the name, and changed everything else.
With Delta and US Airways, do you honestly think that CLT is superior to Atlanta? Do you think that US Airways is a better airline?? Do you honestly think that the city of Tempe is a better city for a headquarters than Atlanta? Who even knows where Tempe is?? Do you think that Delta is just going to agree to let US Airways gut them and take them over?
Regarding Hartsfield-Jackson's efficiency and importance as a hub and main airport, I really don't understand what we're arguing about. Yes, Hartsfield can have some delays from time to time. This comes from handling over 85 million people each year. Hartsfield-Jackson is one of the most important airports in the world, and yes, its design is one of the simplest yet most efficient. Now that all 5 runways are finally all operating at the same time, you can expect the delays to be reduced significantly.
As much as you want Delta to merge or be taken over by US Airways, it isn't going to happen. And if it does, expect there to be not much of US airways left.