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Will AA Go All 738 (and A 777) On MIA-LAX?  
User currently offlineN62NA From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 4469 posts, RR: 7
Posted (4 years 11 months 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 7199 times:

Just checked the April schedule and it looks like several of the 763 / 757 flights are being replaced with 738s.

It appears that the trend is in favor of the 738 on this route and I wonder if, in the next 12 to 18 months, we may be seeing all 738s with the exception of the morning 777 on this route.

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User currently offlineCrosswinds21 From Netherlands, joined Jun 2009, 698 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (4 years 11 months 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 7160 times:

That would suck if it happened. On the other hand, although the current mix of 737/757/767/777s that AA has is pretty cool, it must create at least a certain amount of product confusion, especially in the premium cabins.

User currently offlineMAH4546 From Sweden, joined Jan 2001, 32777 posts, RR: 72
Reply 2, posted (4 years 11 months 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 7068 times:

No equipment past 10FEB10 has been finalized, so its moot. What you see is pure default schedules. We won't know until 3-4 weeks what AA does.

There is still a 763 on LAX-MIA, but not MIA-LAX, scheduled.

It is unlikely the route will lose it's dual-direction 763 service.

The current winter widebody schedule is 2x 763/1x 772 on MIA-LAX and 1x 763/1x 772 on LAX-MIA. That will likely continue past 10FEB10.

The title of your thread still doesn't make sense, though, because there are clearly three daily 757s on the route well into the future, just like there are right now. Though the 738s will be getting WiFi, so they will start being used more heavily on trans-cons.

AA has plenty of spare domestic 763 capacity to throw around in February, March and April, and has not decided yet where to use it, so 738/757s are being used in default on MIA-LAX/SFO/ORD/DFW.

From ORD, AA doesn't yet know the exact delivery schedule of the 738s, so S80s are still being used in default past 05JAN10.

[Edited 2009-10-19 19:52:45]


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User currently offlineTUSAA From United States of America, joined Mar 2008, 240 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (4 years 11 months 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 6963 times:



Quoting MAH4546 (Reply 2):
AA has plenty of spare domestic 763 capacity to throw around in February, March and April, and has not decided yet where to use it, so 738/757s are being used in default on MIA-LAX/SFO/ORD/DFW.

AA was awarded some of the Military Airlift charters that run through next september' thats where the extra widebody capacity is going. Both 767's and 777's will be used when needed' and can be taken out of scheduled service if need be.


User currently offlineMAH4546 From Sweden, joined Jan 2001, 32777 posts, RR: 72
Reply 4, posted (4 years 11 months 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 6969 times:



Quoting TUSAA (Reply 3):

AA was awarded some of the Military Airlift charters that run through next september' thats where the extra widebody capacity is going. Both 767's and 777's will be used when needed' and can be taken out of scheduled service if need be.

That's too bad from a passenger standpoint, but certainly good for AA. Guess I know which MIA-LAX flights I'm sticking myself on through September.



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User currently offlineTommy767 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 6584 posts, RR: 8
Reply 5, posted (4 years 11 months 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 6930 times:

My question is when is AA going to start putting the new 738s from DFW to the northeast and the west? The M80 segments from DFW to BOS/EWR/LGA/PHL/SJC/SFO/PDX/SEA are certainly lengthy routes that have no sign of upgrading in sight with the ORD priority. Some of the ORD 738 routes aren't even that long!


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User currently offlineMAH4546 From Sweden, joined Jan 2001, 32777 posts, RR: 72
Reply 6, posted (4 years 11 months 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 6921 times:



Quoting Tommy767 (Reply 5):
My question is when is AA going to start putting the new 738s from DFW to the northeast and the west? The M80 segments from DFW to BOS/EWR/LGA/PHL/SJC/SFO/PDX/SEA are certainly lengthy routes that have no sign of upgrading in sight with the ORD priority. Some of the ORD 738 routes aren't even that long!

It is my understanding that all new 738s are Chicago-based aircraft, and will be for the considerable future.



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User currently offlineSuper80DFW From United States of America, joined Oct 2007, 1694 posts, RR: 11
Reply 7, posted (4 years 11 months 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 6921 times:



Quoting Tommy767 (Reply 5):

Currently, AA has no plans of moving the new 738's to DFW at all. As for the old 738's, I suppose it could happen, but I don't see it happening. AA is very comfortable with the S80's on these routes.



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User currently offlineTommy767 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 6584 posts, RR: 8
Reply 8, posted (4 years 11 months 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 6905 times:



Quoting MAH4546 (Reply 6):
It is my understanding that all new 738s are Chicago-based aircraft, and will be for the considerable future.



Quoting Super80DFW (Reply 7):
Currently, AA has no plans of moving the new 738's to DFW at all. As for the old 738's, I suppose it could happen, but I don't see it happening. AA is very comfortable with the S80's on these routes

Thats so weird. Why are they so comfortable with having them based at ORD and not DFW?



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User currently offlineOB1504 From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 3347 posts, RR: 9
Reply 9, posted (4 years 11 months 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 6878 times:



Quoting Tommy767 (Reply 8):
Thats so weird. Why are they so comfortable with having them based at ORD and not DFW?

I can imagine that it would be because the MD-80 can pretty much reach anywhere in the country from DFW, while it can have some trouble reaching the West Coast from ORD.


User currently offlineCrosswinds21 From Netherlands, joined Jun 2009, 698 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (4 years 11 months 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 6799 times:



Quoting MAH4546 (Reply 6):
It is my understanding that all new 738s are Chicago-based aircraft, and will be for the considerable future.

Looking at the loaded schedule for early 2010, the new 737s are also scheduled for LAX-DEN, LAX-YYZ, and LAX-BOS (unless there was another LAX routing that I missed).


User currently offlineMAH4546 From Sweden, joined Jan 2001, 32777 posts, RR: 72
Reply 11, posted (4 years 11 months 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 6799 times:



Quoting Crosswinds21 (Reply 10):
Quoting MAH4546 (Reply 6):
It is my understanding that all new 738s are Chicago-based aircraft, and will be for the considerable future.

Looking at the loaded schedule for early 2010, the new 737s are also scheduled for LAX-DEN, LAX-YYZ, and LAX-BOS (unless there was another LAX routing that I missed).

Yes, but they are still Chicago-based. The new 738s will also be doing routes like LAX-EWR.



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User currently offlineCrosswinds21 From Netherlands, joined Jun 2009, 698 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (4 years 11 months 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 6792 times:



Quoting MAH4546 (Reply 11):
Yes, but they are still Chicago-based. The new 738s will also be doing routes like LAX-EWR.

That's true, they still are Chicago "based." Although I was still kinda surprised to see these routes because as far as I thought, they were supposed to be flying only ORD routes for now.


User currently offlineTommy767 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 6584 posts, RR: 8
Reply 13, posted (4 years 11 months 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 6756 times:



Quoting Crosswinds21 (Reply 10):
LAX-BOS (unless there was another LAX routing that I missed).

Nashville maybe?



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User currently offlineCrosswinds21 From Netherlands, joined Jun 2009, 698 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (4 years 11 months 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 6686 times:



Quoting Tommy767 (Reply 13):
Nashville maybe?

Nah...looked there. Nothing through March anyway. AA doesn't have that many domestic mainline flights out of LAX other than Hawaii and transcon (I think just DEN, YYZ, BNA, STL, SFO, and AUS). I think MAH4546 said somewhere earlier that AA plans on making LAX a "hub" soon. Hopefully, more destinations will get added then.


User currently offlineByrdluvs747 From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 2359 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (4 years 11 months 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 6672 times:

I always wondered why there is no dedicated Flagship service on the LAX-MIA-LAX route. Is the premium traffic between these two markets that low? Could it work on MIA-SFO-MIA?


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User currently offlineMAH4546 From Sweden, joined Jan 2001, 32777 posts, RR: 72
Reply 16, posted (4 years 11 months 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 6672 times:



Quoting Crosswinds21 (Reply 14):
I think MAH4546 said somewhere earlier that AA plans on making LAX a "hub" soon. Hopefully, more destinations will get added then.

I personally think AA will grow LAX into a hub in the next few years, but that's not fact. Though, for all intensive purposes, AA's LAX operation already is a "hub" in everything but name. Significant connecting traffic already flows through LAX on AA daily, and it's AA's fourth largest operation after DFW, MIA and ORD.



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User currently offlineCrosswinds21 From Netherlands, joined Jun 2009, 698 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (4 years 11 months 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 6579 times:



Quoting MAH4546 (Reply 16):
I personally think AA will grow LAX into a hub in the next few years, but that's not fact. Though, for all intensive purposes, AA's LAX operation already is a "hub" in everything but name. Significant connecting traffic already flows through LAX on AA daily, and it's AA's fourth largest operation after DFW, MIA and ORD.

You're right about the size of AA's ops at LAX today. However, the only thing I would say is that their west coast presence is pathetic - relatively speaking. They do codeshare with AS on many routes out of LAX but codeshares do not a hub make. I would like to see some flights to places like SEA, PDX, SMF, GEG, YVR, etc. (although there's too much capacity to SEA already). I'm glad that they started ROW and soon to be SAF as these seem to be very profitable routes. Hopefully AA can find some of of these "hidden" markets and make them work. Despite all this (and you may disagree with me), AA would really need to increase its mainline flying into new markets in order to be a hub. Some examples that come to mind are cities like SLC, ATL, DTW, IAH, RDU, and the ones listed above. I realize that not all of these would be viable from a profitability standpoint but I just don't think you can call LAX a hub you have to either codeshare or routes pax through DFW or ORD to get them to many of these places.  twocents 


User currently offlineCrosswinds21 From Netherlands, joined Jun 2009, 698 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (4 years 11 months 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 6563 times:



Quoting Byrdluvs747 (Reply 15):
I always wondered why there is no dedicated Flagship service on the LAX-MIA-LAX route. Is the premium traffic between these two markets that low? Could it work on MIA-SFO-MIA?

There is. The once-daily 777 flight.

Not sure about SFO-MIA. I know that it's there on LAX-MIA mostly due to the entertainment industry. I don't think there's as much of that in SFO.


User currently offlineByrdluvs747 From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 2359 posts, RR: 1
Reply 19, posted (4 years 11 months 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 6543 times:



Quoting Crosswinds21 (Reply 17):
I would like to see some flights to places like SEA, PDX, SMF, GEG, YVR, etc.

Why would AA fly those with their own metal when AS operates those routes from LAX already and at lower operating costs than AA can. The AA-AS partnership exists because AA can't effectively compete in the low-fare shootout that often goes on in the west.

What would be nice is if AS and AA were closer at LAX.



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User currently offlineMAH4546 From Sweden, joined Jan 2001, 32777 posts, RR: 72
Reply 20, posted (4 years 11 months 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 6541 times:



Quoting Byrdluvs747 (Reply 15):
I always wondered why there is no dedicated Flagship service on the LAX-MIA-LAX route.

AA has a daily 3-class AFS flight on the route. It is a large premium market.

Quoting Byrdluvs747 (Reply 15):
Could it work on MIA-SFO-MIA?

This winter there will be two daily 763s. There is no demand for 3-class service on the route like MIA-LAX, though.

Quoting Crosswinds21 (Reply 17):
They do codeshare with AS on many routes out of LAX but codeshares do not a hub make. I would like to see some flights to places like SEA, PDX, SMF, GEG, YVR, etc. (although there's too much capacity to SEA already)

Codeshares don't "make" a hub, but they feed a hub, and AA is happy to let AS and its low cost structure operate the highly-competitive, low-fare intra-West Coast markets.

Quoting Crosswinds21 (Reply 17):
I realize that not all of these would be viable from a profitability standpoint but I just don't think you can call LAX a hub you have to either codeshare or routes pax through DFW or ORD to get them to many of these places.

There is no list of cities required to define a "hub." AA's LAX operation is a de facto hub because AA contects thousands upon thousands of people daily between LAX and points intra-California, to Tokyo, and on codeshare services with oneWorld, AS and MU.



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User currently offlineLACA773 From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 4017 posts, RR: 2
Reply 21, posted (4 years 11 months 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 6423 times:
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Quoting OB1504 (Reply 9):
can imagine that it would be because the MD-80 can pretty much reach anywhere in the country from DFW, while it can have some trouble reaching the West Coast from ORD.

It's much more economical to fly 73Hs on ORD-LAX/SAN/SFO/SJC/SEA as well eventually to LAS, PHX and etc versus flying the S80s.

Quoting Crosswinds21 (Reply 10):
Looking at the loaded schedule for early 2010, the new 737s are also scheduled for LAX-DEN, LAX-YYZ, and LAX-BOS (unless there was another LAX routing that I missed).

LAX-EWR and LAX-IAD (IAD is a 752 & 2-73Hs).

Quoting Crosswinds21 (Reply 17):

You're right about the size of AA's ops at LAX today. However, the only thing I would say is that their west coast presence is pathetic - relatively speaking. They do codeshare with AS on many routes out of LAX but codeshares do not a hub make. I would like to see some flights to places like SEA, PDX, SMF, GEG, YVR, etc. (although there's too much capacity to SEA already). I'm glad that they started ROW and soon to be SAF as these seem to be very profitable routes. Hopefully AA can find some of of these "hidden" markets and make them work. Despite all this (and you may disagree with me), AA would really need to increase its mainline flying into new markets in order to be a hub. Some examples that come to mind are cities like SLC, ATL, DTW, IAH, RDU, and the ones listed above. I realize that not all of these would be viable from a profitability standpoint but I just don't think you can call LAX a hub you have to either codeshare or routes pax through DFW or ORD to get them to many of these places.

AA's costs are way too high. Prime example. AA axed SEA/SJC-AUS and AS has picked them up accordingly. They will be able to operate these flights at much lower costs than AA thus making some money on them.


User currently onlineAABB777 From United States of America, joined Oct 2007, 547 posts, RR: 2
Reply 22, posted (4 years 11 months 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 6415 times:
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Speaking of the AA-AS codeshare partnership, does AA codeshare on the AS DCA-LAX flight?

User currently offlineN62NA From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 4469 posts, RR: 7
Reply 23, posted (4 years 11 months 2 days ago) and read 6305 times:



Quoting MAH4546 (Reply 2):
The title of your thread still doesn't make sense, though, because there are clearly three daily 757s on the route well into the future, just like there are right now. Though the 738s will be getting WiFi, so they will start being used more heavily on trans-cons.

Of course it makes sense if you take the increase in 738s on the route as indications of a trend. If LAX-MIA is such an important premium traffic route, and the 757s won't be refurbished or getting WiFi for quite some time, and they have new 738s coming in the door at a rate of 1 every week or two, and they offer WiFi, then wouldn't a move to all 738s (and the 777) at least standardize the product on this important high premium demand route and offer an improvement over the worn out 757 F product they currently have on the route?

Quoting MAH4546 (Reply 11):
Yes, but they are still Chicago-based. The new 738s will also be doing routes like LAX-EWR.

And a few weeks ago when I pointed this out you said I didn't know what I was talking about and it didn't mean anything that the 738 was showing up in the Spring 2010 schedule, it was just there as a placeholder. So, now I suppose you have official confirmation?


User currently offlineCkfred From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 5235 posts, RR: 1
Reply 24, posted (4 years 11 months 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 5805 times:



Quoting Tommy767 (Reply 5):
My question is when is AA going to start putting the new 738s from DFW to the northeast and the west? The M80 segments from DFW to BOS/EWR/LGA/PHL/SJC/SFO/PDX/SEA are certainly lengthy routes that have no sign of upgrading in sight with the ORD priority. Some of the ORD 738 routes aren't even that long!



Quoting MAH4546 (Reply 6):
It is my understanding that all new 738s are Chicago-based aircraft, and will be for the considerable future.

A friend of mine will start flying as a 738 captain out of ORD next month. The new 738s will stay as Chicago-based aircraft, until AA starts to upgrade the older 738s (new IFE, new seats, improved avionics, HUD, etc.). Then, the Chicago airplanes will circulate throughout the system.

Quoting Tommy767 (Reply 8):
Thats so weird. Why are they so comfortable with having them based at ORD and not DFW?

Because ORD didn't have any 738s, whereas 738s do go in and out of DFW. The assumption is that AA, flying MD-80s, is at a disadvantage out of ORD versus UA with its A319/A320 fleet, as well as other carriers flying 737NGs and Aibuses.

Since AA doesn't have the same competition problem at DFW, the need was to put the 738s into ORD.


25 N1120A : They should really pick up the Eagle feed then. United/Skywest owns that market right now.
26 AAR90 : AA aircraft are not "based" anywhere. The planes are "routed" (not "based") throughout the system (primarily for marketing & maintenance reasons). New
27 ElmoTheHobo : No. Alaska does code share on American's LAX-IAD though.
28 DFWEagle : Thanks for the info, AAR90 A bit of an unrelated question, but would you be able to post a current list of the AA fleet (ship numbers/sub-fleets)? It
29 AAR90 : I can not vouch for this list's accuracy. Only 757 & 737 fleets listed. 75WP => 5FE, 5FF, 5FG, 5FH 75EP => 5DE, 5DF, 5DJ, 5ER, 5ES, 5EY, 5FA, 5FB, 5FC
30 DFWEagle : Thanks for that – it is very much appreciated!!
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