Now that Frontier Airlines has filed for bankruptcy protection, it’s time to get serious about a game we bloggers haven’t played since 2002. It’s called airline deathwatch.
Place your bets, please.
American Airlines. The world’s largest air carrier has been paralyzed by inspection-related cancellations this week, including more than 500 flights today. Compensating passengers will cost it millions. Is it enough to push it into bankruptcy? (Odds: 1,000 to 1)
AirTran. Its top executive is overpaid, it recently added surcharges for a second checked bag, and its core customers — budget travelers — are becoming even more penny-pinching. Can high ratings save it? (Odds: 50 to 1)
Alitalia. Deal to rescue ailing Italian carrier fell apart last week. Is the end near? (Odds: 6 to 1)
What do you think? Am I missing any other candidates? Spirit Airlines? Delta Air Lines? Northwest Airlines?
Step right up.