Haveric From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 1247 posts, RR: 4
Reply 3, posted (11 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 2690 times:
This has nothing to do with a possible merger between UA and US but everything to do with US' upcoming entrance into the Star Alliance. When US enters Star, their PHL-MAD flight will provide the only transatlantic non-stop Star flight between N. America and Spain.
Ntspelich From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 764 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (11 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 2653 times:
When US enters Star, their PHL-MAD flight will provide the only transatlantic non-stop Star flight between N. America and Spain.
Does anyone think that in the future it could be advisable for US to open up other routes between the US and MAD from somewhere other than PHL? While I hate to add gasoline to the fire that is the whole US/UA merger topic, what about operating some international routes from ORD, such as one to MAD since the only ORD-MAD flight is on IB, and some vacation flights to the Caribbean and Mexico since MX will be leaving soon?
United 717 heavy, you're facing the wrong way. Any chance you can powerback to get off of my deice pad?
A330323X From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 3039 posts, RR: 41
Reply 5, posted (11 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 2659 times:
I think that US would start PHL-BCN before considering adding another gateway to MAD.
I think if they were to add another MAD flight, it would be CLT-MAD. CLT does offers some connecting opportunities that PHL doesn't, including some of the smaller Florida markets and some Caribbean/Latin America destinations (although many of them are not timed to connect with European flights).
And I think that if US were to start flying transatlantic routes from a nonhub airport, it would be BOS and not ORD. BOS is at least a focus city for US. They've run BOS-FRA in the past. They want to run BOS-LHR. (When pigs fly...) And there've been rumors about BOS-DUB once the SNN rule is eliminated. US has also announced several Caribbean routes from BOS: CUN, SJU, NAS, MBJ, AUA, BDA.
One important thing to consider is that US does not have any spare heavy lift at the moment. The summer schedule is 13x PHL-Europe (LGW x2, CDG x2, MAD, MAN, AMS, FRA, MUC, FCO, DUB, SNN, GLA), 2x CLT-Europe (LGW, FRA), and 1x PIT-Europe (FRA). That's 16 flights, and US currently has 19 widebodies (9x 333, 10x 762). The summer schedule uses 8x 333 and 8x 762. They could get away with another 762 flight; 2 more would be really pressing their luck.
I'm the expert on here on two things, neither of which I care about much anymore.