Editorial: Merger pressures call airline business model into question

05/10/2010 | New York Times (tiered subscription model), The

Editors at The New York Times are "skeptical" that United Airlines and Continental Airlines can obtain $1.2 billion in synergies, since many savings were already achieved through a code-sharing partnership. The editorial notes that up to $900 million in new revenue cannot be achieved without higher ticket prices, but tough competition from low-cost carriers will make it hard to push through fare increases.

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