777lover From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 96 posts, RR: 0 Posted (6 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 2416 times:
Do you think or do you know that if American gets service to China from Dallas, will that prompt them to get new aircraft (new types, not just acquiring more airframes)? Maybe the 7772LR, for instance...
If this has been discussed already, thank you in advance for directing me to the thread.
Commavia From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 10225 posts, RR: 62 Reply 1, posted (6 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 2386 times:
No. AA does not need the -200LR in order to operate DFW-PEK nonstop, round-trip, year-round. The -200IGW that they already operate can do the route. And no, they are not going to be ordering new planes in order to operate this flight. If they get the route, existing 777 equipment already in-house will be used.
Jfk777 From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 7410 posts, RR: 7 Reply 5, posted (6 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 2036 times:
I pitty AA Asian decisions though, Gave up ORD-Nagoya and don't fly to Hong Kong. HKG is the second most important city in Asia, Since Cathay serves LAX, SFO and JFK how about ORD to HKG. Nagoya could have worked if the accountants had let it, maybe AA should consider 777 with BIZ and coach only, no First Class. Not every market can suppport a 3 class 777, but a 2 class could have worked.
Scaledesigns From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 211 posts, RR: 0 Reply 7, posted (6 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 2016 times:
I dont think AA will go for longer range 777s.They already do the ORD-DEL
flights everyday,and they dont take any weight restrictions.They also
go out fully loaded with cargo and pax as the route is doing very very well.
The airlines have to disclose load factors,so its no secret.
Jacobin777 From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 14968 posts, RR: 61 Reply 9, posted (6 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 1920 times:
Quoting Jfk777 (Reply 5): I pitty AA Asian decisions though, Gave up ORD-Nagoya and don't fly to Hong Kong. HKG is the second most important city in Asia, Since Cathay serves LAX, SFO and JFK how about ORD to HKG. Nagoya could have worked if the accountants had let it, maybe AA should consider 777 with BIZ and coach only, no First Class. Not every market can suppport a 3 class 777, but a 2 class could have worked.
AA needed the ORD-NGO 777's for other routes..such as ORD-DEL, ORD-PVG..turned out to be a good decision...
Maybe if they order some 787's, they can restart ORD-NGO as well as SJC-NRT (doubt this one though)...
Commavia From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 10225 posts, RR: 62 Reply 11, posted (6 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 1837 times:
Quoting AADC10 (Reply 10): How do you figure that? What is the most important city?
For American business, Tokyo is, in my opinion, still the single most important city in Asia, with Hong Kong definitely a close second. In due time, however, Beijing and Shanghai will both move up that list quite promenently, and one day perhaps figure at the top of it.
Quoting AADC10 (Reply 10): AA probably does not fly to HKG because it is out of range of their hubs. The hot business destination in the Pacific has been Shanghai anyway. The biggest destination is still probably Tokyo.
It's not an issue of range. AA's 777s can do Chicago-Hong Kong easily, and have done it before on test flights. The issue is aircraft availability. American -- at least up to the past few months -- did not have any 777 capacity to spare, as all their planes were being used quite intensively. Now, they have a few planes to spare, but have chosen instead to commit them to South America -- a market in which American dominates -- and then to utilize them on a new route to Beijing from their D/FW hub, if they get the route authority.
I still do believe that somewhere down the line, an AA flight Chicago-Hong Kong is virtually a matter of if, not when. It would plug in one of the nation's largest air hubs with one Asia's largest air hubs, along with the home base for one of American's most important oneworld alliance and codeshare partners. This will become even more benefitial to both sides, and particularly American, if the Cathay-Dragonair merger eventually materializes, and American can place its code on Dragonair flights to dozens of cities within interior mainland China. What an absolute goldmine that route would (will) be.
Ripcordd From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 1029 posts, RR: 0 Reply 12, posted (6 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 1837 times:
HKG is not out of the range of their hubs at all. They have been talks of them flying the route for years but nothing ever came of it. You will prob see them there in the near future esp with the PVG route doing so well and adding to the bottom line. They are looking at routes like that to bring in the money..Anyways the way they want to expand in Asia they will need a aircraft order they cant keep cutting other routes and adding new ones they have a pretty lean route system now with most of the under performing routes gone.
Jetdeltamsy From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 2984 posts, RR: 8 Reply 13, posted (6 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 1824 times:
Quoting Sean-SAN- (Reply 4): AA simply will not be expanding until the TWA employee recall rights expire in a few more years. Why pay FA's at 15 year seniority when you can hire new ones at much lower rates!
Anyone that had 15 years with TWA could be flying Eagle right now, albeit for about 70% of what mainline earns.
I know several for TWA f/a's who are doing it now.
I also know of three very senior Delta flight attendants who have recently retired and gone to American Eagle. I understand Eagle is very flexible when it comes to picking up and giving away trips, much more so than mainline AA. These ladies have retired from Delta and work for Eagle the minimum every month and are as happy as can be.
Sounds like a plan for me. Just a few more months and I'll be eligible (and ready) to retire.
To address the thread directly, I don't think AA will be adding to the fleet anytime soon. They are dropping long established long-haul routes to facilitate these new ones. There must be a lot of confidence in their potential for profitability.
Worked for too many airlines to list. Banktupcy after bankruptcy after bankruptcy.
CHIFLYGUY From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 141 posts, RR: 0 Reply 15, posted (6 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 1766 times:
AA might start a stray route or two, but it doesn't seem like they are likely to be really building a larger Asian presence any time soon. They don't have the planes for it and show no signs of getting anymore.
AA's approach has been to focus on trying to build a large presence to premier overseas business destinations from multiple US gateways. They've done this to LHR, CDG, NRT, GRU, and EZE.
If AA were to expand in Asia, where would they do it?
o Obviously anything they can get in China is a no-brainer.
o I would actually not be surprised to see additional NRT service, possibly from existing gateways at ORD or JFK, if they could get good slots. Especially with JAL joining oneworld. Going to double daily in JFK would be a good preemptive move against Delta now that United is throwing in the towel. This would obviously hurt yield, however.
o They have started DEL. Perhaps additional service to India from additional gateways would be possible. BOM would be great if they had the planes.
o HKG is the other possibility. ORD-HKG might be good, but just that one route by itself wouldn't be where AA has had success before. Those stray Asia flights like KIX and NGO have not worked out. Rather, if they could do another NRT in HKG, including a deeper, ATI-qualified, full-revenue sharing, etc. agreement with Cathay, that might be a way to further the Asia buildup. Maybe fly there from 3 or so different gateways. Can AA get 5th freedom in HKG? UA seems to have it. There are extra frequencies to secondary cities in China just waiting to be picked up. Claim them and go to work as a tag off HKG. Ok, I'm starting to engage in wild speculation.
Other that these three areas, I don't see anything logical for AA to do in Asia. In the short term, they are likely to sit tight and watch how the NW bankruptcy plays out and if the Asia routes will end up in play.