This week’s featured link:
United Continental, Delta Air Lines possible bidders for Avianca: WSJ – Reuters
Ok, so we don’t know much about this yet, but word on the street is that Avianca needs money. This isn’t a surprise considering how bad the situation is down in South America right now. But it could end up turning into a full sale with both United and Delta showing interest. United makes sense as Avianca is a big partner down there. But United also has its stake in Azul in Brazil as well as its close partnership with Copa in Panama which certainly has some overlap. I’d be curious to see what United’s plans would be.
As for Delta, well, it would be a big coup for Delta to get in there on this. Imagine Delta being able to leverage Aeromexico, Avianca, and Gol in Latin America. That would be a pretty impressive presence for an airline that has long struggled to have anything significant. This is definitely one to watch.
Two for the road:
Gate skirmish: Qatar Airways super jumbo jet will require maneuvering to gate – AJC@ATL Airport Blog
Anything involving Delta and Qatar in Atlanta is instantly news, but this one is just amusing. Qatar is going to fly the Atlanta route with a 777, but for the inaugural, it wants to puff itself up and bring in the A380. That’s great, but Atlanta has only one or two gates that can handle that airplane and Delta is using them. Delta wasn’t about to rearrange its schedule (nor should it) to help out Qatar, so this has turned into a logistical nightmare. If only Qatar realized that a 777 would be perfectly fine. There’s no need to whip out your A380 for something like this, and now Qatar will pay by inconveniencing its customers at the airport.