Internationally, UA's fleet consists of First, Business & Economy. CO has ' Business-First '. Do we lose First or does CO gain First ..... time will tell.
We are told that the ' intent ' is to retain the status quo in terms of routes, makes sense, since routings played such a large part in this courtship.
With that in mind - and of course, no one can predict what the outcome will be, but if we hang on to that thought, Pilots and F/A's should feel relatively safe.
That takes care of getting the aircraft in the air. Looking at what we do in order to get that aircraft into the air : Sales, Marketing, PR, Interline, E Commerce, General Ledger Accounts, Refunds, Revenue Accounting, Sales Auditing, Fraud, Training, Industry Affairs, Regulatory Affairs, Customer Relations, Accounts Payable, Cargo Accounts, Cargo Sales, Inventory Management, Pricing, Purchasing, Internal Audit, Human Resources, Payroll, Reservations, Tickets By Mail, Rate Desk ... probably a few I have forgotten.
There will be direct duplication of these Departments - at Head Office and at International locations. I would hedge my bets, as night follows day, these areas will be faced with major heartache.
Re interviewing for your own job affectively. One can only hope that an attractive package will be offered to those who have that in mind.
Accepting the route network will remain the same : Ramp, Ticketing Agents, Check In Agents, Gate Agents, Baggage Services etc will remain in tact ... the natural course of technology enhancements requiring less people is a given , regardless of mergers. I accept that, it's not unique to any one particular airline.
I'm sure there will be America West/US & Delta/Northwest members who will be able to share their experience of what their experience has been thus far ... the good, bad & the ugly:-)
I read relatively positive comments regarding Smisek ... let's hope he's the right man for the job.