Texairport From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (13 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 800 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.
AFa340-300E From France, joined May 1999, 2084 posts, RR: 26
Reply 1, posted (13 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 769 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.
EyeSky From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 306 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (13 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 760 times:
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?