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  • Southwest, Frontier and Republic: A Rallying Cry
    Posted by Andrew Compart 10:00 PM on Aug 05, 2009

    The bankruptcy court-approved auction process for Frontier is at a point where the parties involved--Southwest, Republic and Frontier--are not saying much if anything in public. But that does not mean, of course, that nothing is going on-- both behind the scenes, where Southwest is conducting its due diligence to determine whether to make a binding bid, and on the public stage, where some Frontier employees and community supporters are trying to organize an anti-Southwest rally.

    You can see some of those organizaing efforts, for a noontime downtown Denver rally, on a newly created Facebook page here, Twitter account here and website here. Whether this will just amount to pre-rally noise or an actual turnout of more than a handful of people remains to be seen. A big part of the impetus for employee invovlement would be fear of losing their jobs, since Southwest, over two years or more, would get rid of the Frontier brand and Airbus fleet, and hire the Frontier employees for Southwest's own concurrent expansion "as needed."

    You can see some of those Frontier pilot concerns, as well as some arguments in favor of the Southwest bid, on this online forum for pilots (I just picked one page of the 32-page--and counting--discussion thread, but you can navigate to other pages from there). The leader of Frontier's pilots union talks about the deal in ambivalent terms here, but he's been meeting with Southwest this week (Aviation Daily subscriber-only story) so perhaps he'll become more enthusiastic about it. (IIn the highly unlikely event he turns out at the rally tomorrow, however, that would be a bad sign for Southwest!) Southwest took a crack last week at explaining why Frontier employees should support the deal. I expect we'll hear more of that.

     

    Tags: tw99, Southwest, Frontier, Republic

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