U.S. Airways makes bid on Delta
Wednesday, November 15, 2006
In an unexpected move, Delta in the morning of November 15, 2006, rallying the , which closed at 12,251.71, a record high.has placed a $8 billion bid for
The offer to buy Delta once the bankruptcy protection by the middle of 2007 would give Delta's unsecured creditors $4 billion in cash and 78.5 million shares of US Airways stock. Delta has yet to file its own plan of reorganization.-based airline emerges from
If completed, the deal would combine two of the oldest and most storied airlines in the United States. Delta started as a crop duster in the 1920s and grew to make its base at the nation's largest airport. US Air started as a mail carrier in the 1930s and has gone through several mergers and two bankruptcies.
"Consumers will have more choice and more reach, and a carrier that has a cost structure of a low-fare carrier," US Air CEOsaid in a phone interview.
The last airline deal of this magnitude, United Airline's proposed purchase of US Airways, was blocked by the Sept. 11 terrorist attack.on grounds in 2001, just before the
Management of Delta have not endorsed the deal, stating they wish to prevail as independent. On Wall Street, however, US Air (up $6.64 to $57.57) investors welcomed the proposal, sending the carrier's stock soaring more than 12 percent in middaytrading. Investors also were pleased with Delta, with shares soaring 19 percent but then going back to modest gains. If the deal is completed the airline would operate under the name of Delta but nothing is set in stone.
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