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Subject: Re: FRNT Buyout? Date: 10/19/1999 10:55 AM
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Went back and read that again.. sorry.. I was careless.. you're right, it is U. That makes things a bit more interesting. A U purchase of FRNT would make more sense fleet-wise, but I'm not sure why exactly they would press into Denver that way. I'm not positive, but I don't think there's a shortage of gates, so FRNT doesn't have precious space there (they lease themselves). Also, 10 planes and 5 or so gates is a David and Goliath situation in the making for U. The biggest problem, which is the big problem I have with U, is it just seems haphazard. If U went through with this, they would have routes from Denver to the east that would overlap others. They don't seem to have a strong, disciplined route structure. Just take a look at the mess in the east.. they have an "international hub" in Philadelphia, a domestic hub on the opposite end of the same state, they're running one of the attempts to take Southwest's customers, and they've got just about every fleet type short of the 777 and 747. Seems to me like they should sort out their own situation before going after another airline.

As far as other fits for Frontier.. I always thought Continental would be a nice buyout for them. They're already a part of OnePass, it'll get CO back in DEN cautiously, and the 737-300s would fit well.. plus there is all that history there. Of course the Airbus order sort of removes any speculation there. Another might be America West, except most pax to the east could be more efficiently routed through CMH and those to the west through PHX, and at that point, I don't know why someone would fly DEN-PHX-SEA on HP when they could fly DEN-SEA on UA.

Seems to me FRNT will stay single for a while.. at least that's what makes the most sense in my mind.. but I could be wrong.
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