Travelin man From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 3313 posts, RR: 0 Reply 3, posted (13 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 1145 times:
When you say "little in the way of connections", you are only referring to AA connections. LAX is a MAJOR connection point for people transferring to Cathay Pacific and Qantas, 2 of American's Oneworld partners. In addition, many people connect to Hawaii. If AA wants to begin to offer routes to Asia, LAX is the ideal location. It seems like Oneworld should designate LAX as a "Oneworld" hub (maybe with ORD, LHR, and HKG). It would help establish an identity.
However this is misleading....AA is still overwhelmingly DFW based with 522 mainline and 254 Eagle departures, 138 nonstop cities served by both Mainline and Eagle and 22 international routes. UA's hub traffic is more evenly distributed among IAD, DEN, ORD, SFO, LAX while AA relies on the core hubs of ORD, MIA, and DFW for most of its traffic.
Please don't call UA's pathetic presence at MIA a hub.
22 Jet departures and no express do not a hub make.
Contrast that with American's 184/79 Mainline/Eagle services and its clear AA kicks booty in both MIA and Florida.
It will be interesting to see how AA and UA fight it out once the slots have been eliminated at ORD in 2002. I think AA has more gates at ORD but I have been unable to verify. Anyone?
Before anyone kills me, I realize that Eagle is a wholly owned subsidiary of AMR. I listed mainline and Eagle flight separately to gauge a better comparison with United/United Express.
Eg777er From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2000, 1829 posts, RR: 13 Reply 11, posted (13 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 1094 times:
Is 'connecting complex' the same buzz-word as the 'waves' which KLM operates at Schiphol?? This allows small feeder flights to arrive at all the same time to feed into longrange departures which then all leave at the same time. Otherwise called 'hubbing' in the industry.