AA was forced by the French government to move its Paris operations from Orly to Charles de Gaulle on October 1, 1999. As the Raleigh-Paris route far predated that, by over four years, it operated its entire life to Orly, not Charles de Gaulle.
Commavia From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 12384 posts, RR: 62
Reply 9, posted (8 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 4178 times:
Quoting Goldorak (Reply 8): for AA, there's also LAX-CDG flown during approx 1 year, as far as I remember
LAX-CDG lasted for several years. It was introduced in fall 1999 and, IINM, was dropped following 9/11. The plane used to fill up well, but AA failed to capture much of the premium traffic on the route because of competition from AF, so it was stuck hauling the low-yield Coach traffic with lots of upgrades to First and Business Class. UA also jumped onto the route around the same time, not to be one-upped by AA in their then-dominated hub at LAX, which also hurt the fortunes of both airlines' flights.
They actually applied for the BOS-PAR route back when the U.S. and France had a restrictive bilateral, but the route was given to AA. Ironically, the reasoning used by the DOT was that AA would offer ORY service while US would offer CDG service (US having moved in 1995), and that ORY service would give BOS travellers a second PAR airport to choose from, outweighing the fact that US was twice the size of AA at BOS at the time, with significantly more local pax and available connectivity.
I'm the expert on here on two things, neither of which I care about much anymore.
Sydscott From Australia, joined Oct 2003, 3289 posts, RR: 20
Reply 16, posted (8 years 5 months 4 weeks ago) and read 3880 times:
Quoting A330323X (Reply 15): outweighing the fact that US was twice the size of AA at BOS at the time, with significantly more local pax and available connectivity.
So would US go back and re-visit Boston to Paris in the future subject to having aircraft available to fly it? Could they still make it work? I also thought there was a possibility of a BOS-FRA route at some point or am I getting my wires crossed?