Kkfla737 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 1033 posts, RR: 1 Posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 1580 times:
I'm wondering when exactly did AA and UA consolidate their control over the O'Hare market. It seems right after deregulation into the early 80s, according to several timetables I have Delta, Eastern, Northwest and TWA all had a larger than average presence at O'Hare. By the mid 80s, all 4 airlines had pulled back from O'Hare. Delta and Eastern had no connecting possibilities at O'Hare but lots of point to point service to cities in Florida and the Southeast (In Eastern's case to the Carribean also) that would later be flown by AA and UA exclusively. Any idea when these carriers pulled back from O'Hare and when they sold their slots (if O'Hare was in fact slot controlled in the 80s)?
Planespotting From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 3547 posts, RR: 5
Reply 1, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 1555 times:
UA has always been the hometown Chicago airline (based in elk grove village right outside of O'hare), and was staking all of it's claims at ORD in the early 80's. American also had a large hold on O'hare, and after consolidating DFW in the late 70's/early 80's made a play for all the gates that it could get it's hands on at ORD. From then on, other airlines flew into O'hare for their passengers from other cities and mainly hub-hub traffic. Not counting Int'l airlines, whom nearly all of fly at least one flight a week into O'hare, if not 1 or more / day.
Cody From United States of America, joined May 1999, 1942 posts, RR: 8
Reply 2, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 1511 times:
I like your recent topics. I can't help you with the airlines you mentioned above, but don't forget, Republic had a large presence in ORD also. This ended after Stephen Wolf consolidated everything into MEM, DTW, and MSP around late 1985 to early 1986.
Kkfla737 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 1033 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days ago) and read 1481 times:
"I like your recent topics. I can't help you with the airlines you mentioned above, but don't forget, Republic had a large presence in ORD also"
Thanks, I really appreaciate it! Republic was big at ORD- you're right and I had forgotten it. Republic was also quite big at ATL and MCO at one time if I remember correctly. That put them in direct competition with Delta and Eastern, who seemed to have virtually identical route maps in the late 70s.