Brace also said what United was looking for in a merger partner:
- an airline with a strong Atlantic network (like Continental or Delta). This is one of United's weaker areas.
- an airline with a southern hub (like Delta) so that it can increase its presence in the Caribbean and Latin America, which is its other main 'weaker area'.
- an airline with a strong northeast presence (like Continental, US Airways, and to a lesser extent, Delta)