Considering the immense load of debt that UA would have taken on with the merger with US, and considering the tailspin the industry was thrust into following the events of 9/11, I think it's a safe bet that massive cuts would have resulted. And I think bankruptcy may have become necessary for the combined airline. However, we'll never know.
There is a difference between posting about current topics, and commenting on one that's from 10 years ago. Given the events that took place within the airline industry following 9/11, I'm glad that the UA merger never happened as well. At the time it would have made one hell of an airline that would have benefited all of the employees, but following the downturns the cuts would have erased everything. As I said it all went downhill for both carriers anyway, just on a separate basis.
Thanks, That's what I figured. Personally I always thought that UA & US would have been a better all around fit due to the fleet commonality as well as common unions between just about all of the workgroups.