Ssides From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 4059 posts, RR: 21 Posted (10 years 8 months 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 2936 times:
This topic has been discussed a few times before, but I wanted to share some information that has just recently been made available. AA Eagle now only operates Saabs out of its DFW and LAX hubs. Other than American Connection and Executive Airlines, these are the only turboprops in AMR's fleet.
In AA's latest timetable, Eagle appears to be adding jets into some DFW markets that were previously all-Saab. LRD, MAF, AMA, LBB and CRP went all-jet about a year ago or so, but the addition of ERJs to these smaller cities is more interesting:
DFW-ABI: 3-4 ERJs daily, up from 2 daily
DFW-SJT: 2 ERJs daily, up from 0 daily
DFW-TXK: 1 ERJ daily, up from 0 daily
DFW-SHV: only 2 of 9 daily flights are Saabs, the rest are ERJ
LAX-FAT: 1 ERJ daily, up from 0 daily
Therefore, the only remaining all-Saab markets for AA Eagle are:
LAX-SAN (24 daily Saab flights!)
This all seems rather strange to me. First of all, the California markets along with TYR, CLL, ACT and ILE are all much larger than ABI, SJT and TXK. Why, then, is Eagle adding jets to these smaller cities but not the larger ones? Is it merely testing the waters to see if the RJs can really be profitable in its smallest markets? What do you think the future of regional jets will be vis-a-vis turboprops at American Eagle?
Ssides From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 4059 posts, RR: 21
Reply 2, posted (10 years 8 months 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 2750 times:
I'm flying DFW-ABI several times in the next month (connections @ DFW, not round-trips), and the same thing is occurring there -- I actually purchased a round-trip ABI-DCA fare that was cheaper than the DFW-DCA fare. The loads also look heavy out of ABI, all of my upcoming flights are on ERJ-145s and -140s, and they are all pretty much full.
I think that despite the distance involved, RJs could work at ACT. Continental Express flies -145s and -135s on its BPT-IAH route, which is just 79 miles -- 10 miles shorter than the listed ACT-DFW distance. I would think the BPT and ACT markets are similar in size; BPT probably loses more customers to Houston than Waco loses to Dallas. Let's hope Eagle can make the jets work, and that competition will make these cities all-jet within the next 5 years or so. May be a pipe dream, but ...