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AA's Peter Dolara To Be Honored For MIA Growth  
User currently offlineN62NA From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 4469 posts, RR: 7
Posted (3 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 2809 times:

This is nice. Glad to see Dolara's efforts recognized!

American Airlines’ outpost in Miami was a wisp of an operation back in 1989, with just 18 flights a day and about 200 employees. Peter Dolara’s task at the time: Turn Miami International Airport into an international hub serving Latin America, the Caribbean and Mexico.

These days, American Airlines and its regional carrier, American Eagle, dominate MIA with 317 daily flights carrying 70 percent of the airport’s traffic, a nearly finished $3 billion terminal and more than 9,000 employees.



http://www.miamiherald.com/2011/02/0...-airlines-exec-to-be-honored.html#

[Edited 2011-02-10 08:30:25]

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User currently offlineyellowtail From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 6170 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (3 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 2658 times:

Congrats to him.

However I know this won't change the lack of love for him at DFW HQ.

But you can't argue with success.....though IMHO, his success has slipped a little bit in the last few years at MIA



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User currently onlinedoug From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 854 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (3 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 2572 times:

The part that I like is that 100 flights will be added over the next couple of years mostly on the domestic end.

User currently onlinejfk777 From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 8372 posts, RR: 7
Reply 3, posted (3 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 2428 times:
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For the praise MR. Dolora is getting I wonder what part, if any, he had in why it took so LONG ? IT will be 20 years this summer that AA took over the hub in Miami from Eastern. I bet Bob Crandell's plans were not 20 years long. Some will say 9/11 caused a huge delay but it should have been done by then. Wsa it Dade county politics ?

User currently offlineflymia From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 7174 posts, RR: 9
Reply 4, posted (3 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 2303 times:

Quoting yellowtail (Reply 1):
though IMHO, his success has slipped a little bit in the last few years at MIA
MIA has only been growing.

Quoting yellowtail (Reply 1):
lack of love for him at DFW HQ.

I do not know much about this, why would their be a lack of love? The MIA hub is one of the reasons AA has not needed to go Chap 11 and one of the best things AA has going for it if not the best. With out MIA AA is no where near as powerful in the Caribbean and South America the only two regions it controls right now.

Quoting jfk777 (Reply 3):
For the praise MR. Dolora is getting I wonder what part, if any, he had in why it took so LONG ? IT will be 20 years this summer that AA took over the hub in Miami from Eastern. I bet Bob Crandell's plans were not 20 years long. Some will say 9/11 caused a huge delay but it should have been done by then. Wsa it Dade county politics ?

Are you just talking about the terminal? It is not like AA planned to make a terminal the second they started a hub. The AA hub at MIA has been one of the most sucessful hubs in the country and the world.

American Way, did a piece on him and how he made the MIA hub a few months ago.

[Edited 2011-02-10 19:42:17]


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User currently offlineLAXintl From United States of America, joined May 2000, 25358 posts, RR: 49
Reply 5, posted (3 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 2273 times:

Quoting flymia (Reply 4):
I do not know much about this, why would their be a lack of love? The MIA hub is one of the reasons AA has not needed to go Chap 11 and one of the best things AA has going for it if not the best. With out MIA AA is no where near as powerful in the Caribbean and South America the only two regions it controls right now.

There is lots of internal politics involved.

But in simplistic terms, the idea of essentially regional HQ's are a dead concept especially by US airlines. Things are all consolidated at central HQ these days, and the idea that Miami has been allowed to have a fiefdom ("empire" as the article calls it) is a sore point even amongst the executive ranks. The day Peter retires will be the day things start to consolidate back to DFW.

[Edited 2011-02-10 20:37:37]


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User currently offlineflymia From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 7174 posts, RR: 9
Reply 6, posted (3 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 2229 times:

Quoting LAXintl (Reply 5):
There is lots of internal politics involved.

But in simplistic terms, the idea of essentially regional HQ's are a dead concept especially by US airlines. Things are all consolidated at central HQ these days, and the idea that Miami has been allowed to have a fiefdom ("empire" as the article calls it) is a sore point even amongst even the executive ranks. The day Peter retires will be the day things start to consolidate back to DFW.

Thanks for the info.

But given how sucessful the Miami hub as been for them I wonder if this is going to be a good thing or not.



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User currently offlineSCL767 From Chile, joined Feb 2006, 8815 posts, RR: 5
Reply 7, posted (3 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 2181 times:
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Quoting LAXintl (Reply 5):
The day Peter retires will be the day things start to consolidate back to DFW.

Really, in what way? UA had its chance at MIA and failed! First of all, AA has over 50 B738s on order, 9 B777s and 40+ B787s on order with options for at least 50 more B787s. Secondly, AA has repeatedly stated to a certain oneworld carrier that AA will begin to operate more domestic/Canadian routes in the very near-term, i.e. MIA-AUS, MIA-MCI, MIA-OMA, MIA-SAN, MIA-SAT, MIA-SEA, MIA-SLC, MIA-YOW, MIA-YVR, etc. Internationally, AA will continue to expand into more Caribbean destinations and into new Latin American destinations from MIA. More routes to Europe will also become a reality.


User currently offlineUSPIT10L From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 3295 posts, RR: 7
Reply 8, posted (3 years 7 months 1 week 2 days ago) and read 2092 times:

Quoting SCL767 (Reply 7):
Really, in what way?

Basically one guy will call all the shots. Dolara has his own little "empire" in MIA and LatAm, and no one basically tells him what to do. He comes up with the new markets, asks yield management and marketing what will stick and goes after it. He is basically the last "one-man" regional guy left in the business. Everyone else has their own head guy making planning and route decisions, system-wide. AA is the only airline still using a "regional manager" format.



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User currently offlineSCL767 From Chile, joined Feb 2006, 8815 posts, RR: 5
Reply 9, posted (3 years 7 months 1 week 2 days ago) and read 2081 times:
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Quoting USPIT10L (Reply 8):
AA is the only airline still using a "regional manager" format.

Perhaps it is due to the fact that he basically knows almost everyone related to the industry in Latin America and the Caribbean and has a deep understanding of how things get "done" in the region. If not, then why would AA continue to need a regional manager? Other airlines still use regional managers as well.


User currently offlineSANFan From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 5431 posts, RR: 12
Reply 10, posted (3 years 7 months 1 week 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 2058 times:

Quoting SCL767 (Reply 7):
AA has repeatedly stated to a certain oneworld carrier that AA will begin to operate more domestic/Canadian routes in the very near-term, i.e. MIA-AUS, MIA-MCI, MIA-OMA, MIA-SAN, MIA-SAT, MIA-SEA, MIA-SLC, MIA-YOW, MIA-YVR, etc

And these cities -- a few in particular -- have remained in the "one-of-these-days" category for years now. At least it's nice to have a name of the person responsible for this on-going situation.

Thank you Mr. Dolara...



bb


User currently offlineLAXintl From United States of America, joined May 2000, 25358 posts, RR: 49
Reply 11, posted (3 years 7 months 1 week 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 2031 times:

Quoting SCL767 (Reply 7):
Really, in what way?

The office and decision making will shift back to Dallas.



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User currently offlineSCL767 From Chile, joined Feb 2006, 8815 posts, RR: 5
Reply 12, posted (3 years 7 months 1 week 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 2020 times:
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Quoting SANFan (Reply 10):

And these cities -- a few in particular -- have remained in the "one-of-these-days" category for years now. At least it's nice to have a name of the person responsible for this on-going situation.

Thank you Mr. Dolara...

You are mistaken since his responsibilities do not fall under the umbrella of domestic flights into MIA! Mr. Dolara is AA Senior Vice President for Mexico, the Caribbean and Latin America. He is responsible for "All aspects of AA's operations in the Caribbean and Latin America, including airport operations, sales activities, customer service, cargo sales and services and scheduling activities".
http://www.aa.com/i18n/amrcorp/corporateInformation/bios/dolara.jsp


User currently offlineSANFan From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 5431 posts, RR: 12
Reply 13, posted (3 years 7 months 1 week 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 2002 times:

I apologize for my comments as they were based on what I read in the posts here, having not read the referenced article.

In that case, there is no doubt that the intl areas under Mr. Dolara's control have experienced phenomenal growth and he should be commended.

My disingenuous "thank you" then goes to those in charge of Miami's domestic route structure, or more precisely, the holes in Miami's domestic route structure. It remains curious to me that with such a fantastic intl network in place in MIA, there still remain some missing key domestic routes to feed all that intl capacity...

But I'm sure those holes will be taken care of... one of these days.   

bb

(This all said to you too, Mark.)  


User currently offlineyellowtail From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 6170 posts, RR: 2
Reply 14, posted (3 years 7 months 1 week 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 1882 times:

Quoting flymia (Reply 4):
I do not know much about this, why would their be a lack of love? The MIA hub is one of the reasons AA has not needed to go Chap 11 and one of the best things AA has going for it if not the best. With out MIA AA is no where near as powerful in the Caribbean and South America the only two regions it controls right now.

See below. LAXintl is dead on. In the end you may not like the "king of AA" but they cannot argue with his ability to deliver and need him. They day he starts slipping, lots of folks at DFW have thick files on him.

You gotta admire his determination!

Quoting LAXintl (Reply 5):
There is lots of internal politics involved.

But in simplistic terms, the idea of essentially regional HQ's are a dead concept especially by US airlines. Things are all consolidated at central HQ these days, and the idea that Miami has been allowed to have a fiefdom ("empire" as the article calls it) is a sore point even amongst the executive ranks. The day Peter retires will be the day things start to consolidate back to DFW.
Quoting SCL767 (Reply 9):
Perhaps it is due to the fact that he basically knows almost everyone related to the industry in Latin America and the Caribbean and has a deep understanding of how things get "done" in the region. If not, then why would AA continue to need a regional manager? Other airlines still use regional managers as well.

"get things done"
        



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