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User currently offlineDL767captain From United States of America, joined Mar 2007, 2539 posts, RR: 0
Posted (8 years 10 months 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 1383 times:

ok i tried the airlines route maps but id didn't help me a lot

I need to know for each legacy carrier where their strong routes are (for example UA has a strong Asia network)

so i need to know this for


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User currently offlineSan747 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 5012 posts, RR: 12
Reply 1, posted (8 years 10 months 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 1354 times:

Quoting DL767captain (Thread starter):

Europe, domestic

Quoting DL767captain (Thread starter):

Asia, decent Europe presence

Quoting DL767captain (Thread starter):

Latin America, Europe

Quoting DL767captain (Thread starter):

Asia, midwest US

Quoting DL767captain (Thread starter):

Caribbean, domestic

Quoting DL767captain (Thread starter):

Caribbean, Latin America, domestic

Scotty doesn't know...
User currently offlineAlexPorter From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (8 years 10 months 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 1281 times:

American International: Latin America (from Miami, Dallas), Caribbean (from Miami, San Juan), Europe (from Chicago-O'Hare, New York-JFK, some other cities).
------------Notably weak in Asia besides some Tokyo routes and some other spot flights. Absent from Australia.
American Domestic: Transcontinental routes (mostly involving New York-JFK), South-central part of country, Southern Great Plains, and routes involving Dallas-Fort Worth, Chicago-O'Hare, New York-La Guardia, etc.
------------Notably weak in much of western U.S. outside of California, and in Southeastern U.S. outside of Miami.

United International: Asia (from Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago-O'Hare), some Europe (from Washington-Dulles, Chicago-O'Hare). Only major U.S. airline to serve Australia.
------------Notably weak in Latin America.
United Domestic: Transcontinental routes, especially running across an axis of Los Angeles/San Francisco, Denver, Chicago-O'Hare, and Washington-Dulles. Also generally strong west of the Great Lakes except for Texas area.
------------Notably weak on east coast (except Dulles). Also weak in Texas, southeastern US.

Delta International: Very strong in Europe (from New York-JFK, Atlanta, some Cincinnati), also good presence in Caribbean/Latin America (Caribbean from Atlanta, Latin America from Atlanta and Los Angeles).
------------Notably weak in Asia, absent from Australia.
Delta Domestic: Strong network, but strongest in Southeastern U.S. and Florida. Runs widebodies to most major Florida cities from Atlanta. Cincinnati also reinforces Southeastern service. Strong on East Coast in general. Improving west coast prescence - has SLC hub, but also is growing service at LAX to many western cities.
------------Notably weak in Central U.S., especially after they closed their DFW hub a couple of years ago.

Northwest International: Very strong in Asia, where it runs its own hub at Tokyo-Narita. Also has a strong European network through Amsterdam due to a very strong KLM partnership.
------------Notably weak in Latin America and Caribbean, except for wintertime flights to vacation destinations. Doesn't have much of a transatlantic network outside of Amsterdam and some of the biggest cities in Europe. Otherwise a minor player on the Atlantic. Absent from Australia.
Northwest Domestic: Very strong in Central U.S., where all of its U.S. hubs are located. Strongest part of that is the North Central U.S., where it is dominant in Montana, the Dakotas, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan. Flights to Seattle are strong flights, although NW doesn't hub there. Decent Hawaiian prescence.
------------Notably lacks north-south flights on both coasts, especially the west coast where its partnerships are minimal.

Continental International: Very strong in Europe where it runs flights from its New York-Newark hub. Also strong in Latin America, from its Houston hub. Some Asian presence but not very much - but does serve Oceania well with Continental Micronesia.
------------Not very strong in Asia but still has some routes. No Australian flights from the mainland, but there may be some on Continental Micronesia from Guam. I'm not sure.
Continental Domestic: Strong in Texas and in the Mid-Atlantic. Does well on transcontinental routes and east coast flights to Florida due to Newark hub.
-----------Weak in western U.S.

US Airways International: Basically just Europe, Caribbean, and Mexico. Europe served from Philadelphia. Caribbean served from Charlotte. Mexico served from Phoenix.
-----------Absent from Asia and Australia. Only of the "six majors" to have no Asian flights whatsoever.
US Airways Domestic: Both coasts. Serves West through Phoenix and Las Vegas. Serves East through Philadelphia and Charlotte. Particularly strong on East Coast due to supplementary hubs and focus cities at Pittsburgh, Washington-National, New York-La Guardia, and Boston.
-----------Weak in middle of country, especially for north-south routes.

Partnerships play key roles for each airline.
American: Serves Australia with Qantas partnership. Serves intra-Asia with JAL and intra-Europe primarily with British Airways. Serves Pacific Northwest with Alaska Airlines partnership.
United: Serves Europe with Lufthansa and others. Most east-coast presence is with partnership with US Airways. Serves intra-Canada through Air Canada.
Delta: Serves Intra-Europe through Air France. Serves Intra-Asia through Korean. Serves central U.S. through Northwest Airlines, but only on certain routes since Delta doesn't "get along" with NW and CO all that much.
Northwest: Serves Intra-Europe through KLM. Serves south and east mostly through Continental, but somewhat through Delta. Serves west coast through Delta at Salt Lake City.
Continental: Serves central U.S. and some of the west through Northwest Airlines. Serves Asia through Northwest.
US Airways: Serves central U.S. and Asia through United. Serves intra-Europe through Lufthansa.

The most important of these alliances are, in no particular order, probably US Airways/United, United/Air Canada, Northwest/KLM, Delta/Air France, Continental/Northwest, American/Alaska, American/Qantas, United/Lufthansa, and American/British Airways.

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