First, fleet commonality has never seemed to be a real issue, as opposed to a bloggers-and-FF'ers issue, in any of the recent mergers.
DL was all-Boeing (if including Boeing-acquired McD) with zero Airbus when they bought NW. Didn't stop them from smartly using, re-deploying, and still keeping that fleet. AA was no Airbus before the "US forced them to merge" but had already planned to add the 321T premium transcons, if memory serves, and has managed a combined fleet ok.
Dysfunctional pre-merger UA had deliberately eliminated their entire 73x fleet, while CO's last Airbus was probably the A300s they used ages ago, but the combined still-dysfunctional airline is using all the CO 737NG and UA Airbus narrowbodies just fine - fleet commonality isn't often considered one of the many reasons for their dysfunctional merger.
If the acquired airline is big enough, and they're buying the whole company, not just acquiring a few assets, then the pilots, bases, mechanics, and all the support infrastructure and contracts come along too. Enough to operate a mixed fleet. At least while rationalizing routes for a few years, right?
On routes and competition, B6 already has some strengths that AS doesn't, that VX brings to the table for AS. Transcons beyond what AS runs now, to markets AS doesn't go. An even-more-upscale reputation. An existing premium transcon service. And AS needs to bulk up to fight off all the attack-by-partner that DL has done against them the last few years.
So despite the fleet differences, and AS having to abandon its "proudly all Boeing" "home-town Seattle area" pledge, it makes sense. And hey, Boeing abandoned that themselves, too. Headquartered in Chicago, with significant production moved to SC. It's not like religious heresy!
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