Raise your hand if you’ve always wanted to know all about mergers.
Raise your hand if you could care less, but you’re willing to go on this journey with me in the name of you getting some insider gossip at the end. K, put those hands down, let’s go.
Before the age of 24, when I became a flight attendant, my knowledge of mergers was that thing that makes me cry before I pull onto a highway. Post 24 I found myself smack dab in the middle of one. Woof.
Oh, that I had possessed the fortitude (and the smart phone- I was the last flip-phone cowboy) to truly delve into the topic back then. It would have made for a much softer landing (not sorry) when our two airlines finally melded together resulting in some serious growing pains.
That was my first and most important lesson in mergers: once they end, they’re really just beginning.