All three networks also covered US Airways' $8bn offer to buy out the bankrupt Delta Airlines. NBC's Tom Costello's headline was the size of the resulting airline, America's largest with 350 worldwide destinations. CNBC's Phil LeBeau (at the end of the Costello package) predicted that if the merger goes ahead the remainder of the industry would consolidate, resulting in four or five megacarriers. "It stinks for passengers," was the paraphrase of critics offered by CBS' Bob Orr, envisaging fewer cheap seats, fewer flights and more crowded planes.
ABC anchor Charles Gibson was in Atlanta, Delta's home town, on his weeklong American Road Trip. Gibson himself (subscription required) offered a feature on the boosterish success of the Georgia Aquarium while Steve Osunsami offered the downside with the potential economic dislocation of a Delta Airlines takeover.
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