Cory6188 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 2735 posts, RR: 5 Posted (11 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 4688 times:
It always seems as if CO is always the adventurous one when it comes to service across the Atlantic. They are the only US airline to serve BHX, EDI, LIS, GVA, TLV, and now OSL. They are also the only US airline to use 752s across the Atlantic (FI doesn't count - it's kind of a partial crossing), and AA is taking CO's lead by introducing BOS-England (I don't remember which city) with 752s.
Why is it that CO is always the first one to serve European cities before anyone else will? AA and DL have a sizable presence at JFK; it would seem to make sense that they could serve Europe from there.
M404 From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 2249 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (11 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 4627 times:
I've noticed that. It was the same about 10 years or more ago when they were expanding into Latin America. Interesting point. With the new acft available for the longer runs and smaller loads they are doing it again but it is just what the manufacturers say those ships are for.
Less sarcasm and more thought equal better understanding
Cory6188 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 2735 posts, RR: 5
Reply 2, posted (11 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 4621 times:
As for Latin America, they did do a lot of expansion, but I believe that AA flies everywhere that CO does and more. As for quality of service, etc., that's another story. However, in Europe, there are many cities that are exclusive to CO - and those are usually the ones that rake in the $$$.
LTBEWR From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 13766 posts, RR: 17
Reply 3, posted (11 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 4538 times:
EWR is CO's major USA hub for int'l service and for much of it's domestic US service as well. By serving cities not well served non-stop by AA, DL, avoid direct competition. LIS service popular as NYC area including near EWR has a large Portugese population, same with TLV as large Jewish population in New Jersey. CO also is the US airline offering service to cities/countries who's national airline also have non-stop service into EWR, and where for political balance for 1 national carrier there is 1 USA carrier allowed to operate that route each day. Some foreign airlines only operate into EWR instead of JFK in NY metro area. You also have many companies in the Northern and Central New Jersey market who are headquartered in those European cities.
FoxBravo From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 3068 posts, RR: 4
Reply 4, posted (11 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 4526 times:
That is a good observation. I think it's a combination of several factors: (a) a large fleet of ETOPS-certified and internationally-configured 757s, (b) a hub at EWR with access to not only NY's huge O&D market, but also lots of feed--much more than AA and DL have in the NY area--to support routes for which O&D might be insufficient, (c) a spacious new international terminal at EWR, and (d) corporate leadership that has made international expansion a priority and is not afraid of trying innovative new routes. I think it's great, and hope to see more new international cities in the future.
Ssides From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 4059 posts, RR: 19
Reply 5, posted (11 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 4484 times:
Another big factor is the lack of LCC competition on international routes. Many airline analysts believe that expanded international networking is the key to survival for the major network carriers. If this is true, CO seems to be heeding such advice.
STT757 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 17449 posts, RR: 49
Reply 8, posted (11 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 4335 times:
CO's Global Gateway project launched in 1999 allowed them to expand Terminal C greatly to facilitate future International Growth, the new 19 gate C-3 concourse has it's own Customs and Immgration hall which facilitates smother connections from International-Domestic flights.
All of CO's International Arrivals now arrive at Terminal C, there's room for more growth.