FlyerC_B757 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (13 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 920 times:
I believe the "key" to United's success is because of their hubs. I mean look, IAD, ORD, DEN, SFO, and LAX. These are big industrial and economical cities; as well as being gateways to the other corners of the Earth. Sure, other airlines have some hubs there too, that's why they aren't like, the 8th largest airline. United and American are the two largest and successful airlines. Look at their hubs! They also offer more flights than the others (airlines).
I have also noticed that US Air has a larger route network in the Northeast than the other's. They have hubs in PIT and PHL, two big industrial cities. US Air also has more direct flights in the East; that's what I have noticed anyway.
I believe that US Air really dominates the Eastern US, as far as flights are concerned. United dominates the West. Look at their hubs!
The key to starting a successful airline is hub choice! Don't go around saying that successful airlines are crooked and want to squash any competition. The successful airlines just run a good business!
Toxtethogrady From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 1524 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (13 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 890 times:
Same thing with Delta and Atlanta. Continental was victimized by its management under Frank Lorenzo, otherwise, their hub in Houston would be comparable to American's hub in Dallas-Fort Worth. At some point the airline makes the hub rather than the hub making the airline.
Early Air From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 611 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (13 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 847 times:
United does have some great hubs. Hubs are good for very large airlines like UAL. Howver, they are bad for smaller airlines. The hub and spoke system will sorrupt the scduel of a small airline. This is one of the reasons that gives Southwest it's success. Sometimes the hub and spoke ssytem can cause delays in a chain reaction, this is the bad thing about the hub and spoke system.
Mah4546 From Sweden, joined Jan 2001, 33452 posts, RR: 71
Reply 3, posted (13 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 845 times:
American's MIA hub is the reason American is the leader in Latin American flights (ditto for the long gone Eastern and Pan Am). Iberia's MIA hub is the reason Iberia is the leader in Central American flights. Location is everything.
Lsjef From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (13 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 831 times:
FlyerC B757: Funny thing happened when I read your topic: I thought you were saying "airlines minus hubs equals success", in reference to the idea that hubs inhibit the successful development of airline competition. I guess I misunderstood your post...