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User currently offlineTexairport From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (15 years 8 months 3 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 1197 times:

AA is "isolating" the O'Hare hub operations so that its delays won't interfere with the reliablility and effectiveness of the rest of the system. Basically, aircraft flying from ORD to a destination will turn around and fly right back to ORD rather than flying to another hub. Example. ORD-LGA-DFW will now be ORD-LGA-ORD and the aircraft won't be necessary for connections in DFW.

What do you think?

I think this is great and should have been thought of much sooner.


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User currently offlineAFa340-300E From France, joined May 1999, 2084 posts, RR: 25
Reply 1, posted (15 years 8 months 3 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 1166 times:


This is good in a way, because it helps to seperate the troubles of each part of the country/hub because when you have aircraft operating on different hub, troubles more than add themselves... And already with a single hub it sometimes becomes a disater (even with the incredible recovery opportunities offered by nowadays' derivative of the network management computer systems and the NASA-like centers of operations).

But on the other hand this reduces the flexibility.

As conclusion, American Airlines certainly makes a good point here. Even more these days, with high delays.

Best regards,
Alain Mengus

User currently offlineEyeSky From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 332 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (15 years 8 months 3 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 1157 times:
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This was thought of before. Airlines used to routinely operate point-to-point and return like this prior to the proliferation of the hub and spoke system after deregulation.

Sounds like a good idea, but wouldn't that change ORD from a "hub" to a point? Hubs rely on carefully timed banks of arriving flights to feed banks of departing flights.

Using this system means a late flight will affect only those on it or those scheduled to depart on it without causing a domino effect on the entire system. A couple of hundred people may be inconvenienced by a delay instead of thousands.

Makes sense - especially at ORD. Wonder if it will catch on at other high traffic locations like JFK, ATL or LAX?

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