LH423 From Canada, joined Jul 1999, 6501 posts, RR: 55 Reply 1, posted (13 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 1874 times:
NO, I think AA will still have a hub in San Juan. People tend to misuse the word "hub". A hub is simply where small feeder flights meet longer range flights. Usually, though, this coincides with the airport with lots of flights. Technically, Boston, while not being a hub city to any airline in the Chicago, or Washington sense of the word "hub", is a hub to American. With American Eagle's acquisition of Business Express Airlines, a person from Bar Harbor, Maine, can now fly to Boston on American Eagle, and connect to flights to Los Angeles, or London. In Boston, we now have regional flights, meeting loger range domestic, and international service, by which is the defintion of an airline "hub", even if it has less than 200 flights a day.
Anyways, I believe that the Caribbean is an important market for American, and as long as they operate short hops to local islands, connecting to American's long range flights to the mainland, American will always have a hub in San Juan. Plus, Miami is too far away to profitably serve many of the markets American Eagle serves from SJU.
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Steveraad From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 44 posts, RR: 0 Reply 2, posted (13 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 1819 times:
I hope so!! Rumor has TWA is looking strong. I know out of BOS there load factor is High. I haven't seen AA really defend it at all. I hope SJU won't be another BNA or RDU..I would love to see a PVD-SJU
A32 From United States of America, joined Aug 1999, 163 posts, RR: 1 Reply 3, posted (13 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 1813 times:
While AA is not expanding in SJU... and is infact pulling some frequencies from SJU, American Eagle continues to expand. The arrival of the ERJ 145 at American Eagle in the mainland means it is simply a matter of time before these aircraft find their way to the SJU hub. Also strangely enough while they are both the same company AA the mainline is not held in high regard in SJU while AE has a very loyal following.
Five years from now the Eagle presence will be greatly expanded in SJU
Trintocan From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2000, 3211 posts, RR: 4 Reply 4, posted (13 years 7 months 1 week 5 days ago) and read 1794 times:
With its SJU hub, American/American Eagle has an unprecedentedly strong position in the Caribbean. From that hub AE serves almost every island in the Eastern Caribbean (except TAB, which they have just dropped) and offers connections with AA to the U.S. In fact, so strong is American's stranglehold on the region that they recently caused an uproar throughout the region by cutting travel agent commissions from 10% to 5%, which led to a boycott of AA among travel agents regionally but which did little to the airline's overall status.
What is happening now, however, is that many carriers are now trying to enhance their Eastern Caribbean operations. BWIA has launched its "Bwee Express" using Dash 8 Q300 turboprops from hubs in POS and BGI to other nearby islands, as has Air Jamaica with its BGI-based EC Express. LIAT, the long-time Eastern Caribbean "island-hopper" based at ANU has also tried to consolidate its services and in fact remains viable out of its strong loyal passenger market. Other regional airlines are emerging as well.
With all of this one wonders how many of these flyers will survive. AA and AE at SJU may survive if only because they offer the most frequent and varied direct US connections but, as several islands have experienced the hard way, overdependence on foreign carriers can be detrimental as they are prone to drop the small points if they prove uneconomical and in so doing potentially lurch the economies of the destinations into turmoil. Examples include: AA from UVF (1999) and GND (2000), AE from TAB (2000)...