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User currently offlineNRA-3B From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 169 posts, RR: 0
Posted (14 years 1 week 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 1435 times:

I seem to recall that TWA received route authority from STL to Japan (NRT or KIX?) a couple of years ago. They did not institute service at that time. Does this route authority still exist? If it is still good, would it make any sense for AA to take it up and beef up their service to the Far East? My memory may be faulty, but could any one out there help me out on this? Thanks.


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User currently offlineB747-437B From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (14 years 1 week 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 1406 times:

It still exists and it would be transferable to AA if they wanted to start service.

User currently offlineDesertJets From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 7828 posts, RR: 15
Reply 2, posted (14 years 1 week 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 1400 times:

If indeed this route authority would be able to transfer to AA after the merger, could AA then use that authority from any gateway they want? Seeing as they serve Tokyo from DFW, SJC, SEA, and ORD (I don't think I am missing any other ones) I'd imagine there would be other gateways besides St. Louis that they'd like to use it from... say LAX or JFK.

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User currently offlineB747-437B From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (14 years 1 week 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 1390 times:

Nope, its an STL route authority and would have to be used in conjunction with the TWA, LLC operating certificate. Once an actual operation is in place, AA can apply for the DOT to transfer the route over to AA and to change the gateway. Alternatively, AA can just apply for additional route authorities in the US-Japan market and use the SURRENDER of the STL-NRT routes as a case for awarding it to them.

User currently offlineRedraider From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 531 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (14 years 1 week 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 1379 times:

TWA never used STL-NRT because they didn't have slots at the time. They did still use 747's if I remember correctly, but I don't know if they had planned on using those on the routes.

Coincidentally, AA has authority to fly to NRT from BOS and JFK, but has not started service due to lack of slot availability at NRT.

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User currently offlineMah4546 From Sweden, joined Jan 2001, 33516 posts, RR: 71
Reply 5, posted (14 years 1 week 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 1360 times:

AA is better off moving the service to a hub (did anyone say MIA?). I really don't think AA will care much about STL after the merger.

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