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The New AA And Israel?  
User currently offlineORDTLV2414 From United States of America, joined Mar 2013, 241 posts, RR: 0
Posted (5 months 1 week 11 hours ago) and read 10077 times:
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What do you guys think will happen to TLV with the new AA? As some of you may know AA is currently unable to fly to TLV because of unpaid wages by TWA. Do you think they will pay it? If they do will the keep PHL-TLV, will they move it? start ORD,MIA or JFK? What will happen to AA's codeshare with LY?

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User currently offlinearielwar From United States of America, joined Aug 2013, 108 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (5 months 1 week 9 hours ago) and read 9728 times:

I think the fine is like $20 million, idk if it's worth it.

User currently offlinecatiii From United States of America, joined Mar 2008, 2802 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (5 months 1 week 9 hours ago) and read 9675 times:

Quoting arielwar (Reply 1):
I think the fine is like $20 million, idk if it's worth it.

It's worth it if annual revenues exceed $20M. Others on this board probably know the numbers.


User currently offlineIndependence76 From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 230 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (5 months 1 week 6 hours ago) and read 9234 times:

Quoting arielwar (Reply 1):
I think the fine is like $20 million, idk if it's worth it.

Shouldn't be a problem, considering a certain someone was asking the company for it without hesitation.   



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User currently offlineHPRamper From United States of America, joined May 2005, 3965 posts, RR: 8
Reply 4, posted (5 months 1 week 5 hours ago) and read 9045 times:

Parker has already said they are keeping it. US makes a lot of money on PHL-TLV, I can only think JFK-TLV and MIA-TLV would be even higher yielding.

User currently offlineRWA380 From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 2885 posts, RR: 5
Reply 5, posted (5 months 1 week 5 hours ago) and read 8900 times:

Quoting HPRamper (Reply 4):
Parker has already said they are keeping it. US makes a lot of money on PHL-TLV, I can only think JFK-TLV and MIA-TLV would be even higher yielding.

So I guess that answers the question about if AA will finally pay those TWA employees the money that has been owed to them for some time. Hope it happens that way, or if this will be an AA flight operated by PMUS.  



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User currently offlineMah4546 From Sweden, joined Jan 2001, 32188 posts, RR: 72
Reply 6, posted (5 months 1 week 4 hours ago) and read 8825 times:

Quoting HPRamper (Reply 4):
Parker has already said they are keeping it. US makes a lot of money on PHL-TLV, I can only think JFK-TLV and MIA-TLV would be even higher yielding.

Parker has said a lot of things that aren't going to be true.

It astonishes me how gullible people are.

[Edited 2013-11-14 18:38:13]


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User currently offlinePHX Flyer From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 522 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (5 months 1 week 4 hours ago) and read 8590 times:

Quoting Mah4546 (Reply 6):
Parker has said a lot of things that aren't going to be true.

Are you predicting US Airways will give up the Tel Aviv route, once the merger with American is consummated?


User currently offlinephxa340 From United States of America, joined Mar 2012, 833 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (5 months 1 week 4 hours ago) and read 8449 times:

Quoting Mah4546 (Reply 6):
It astonishes me how gullible people are.

Or how people ignore past mergers and somehow think this one will be any different  


User currently offlineMah4546 From Sweden, joined Jan 2001, 32188 posts, RR: 72
Reply 9, posted (5 months 1 week 4 hours ago) and read 8388 times:

Quoting PHX Flyer (Reply 7):
Quoting Mah4546 (Reply 6):Parker has said a lot of things that aren't going to be true.
Are you predicting US Airways will give up the Tel Aviv route, once the merger with American is consummated?

All I am saying is that what Parker says is meaningless, because once the merger is closed, he can turn off the lie machine - and start screwing over employees and customers in the process.

I do think AA will continue flying to TLV. It makes no sense to serve it from Philadelphia, however, when, outside of peak summer, 3 out of every 4 people travelling to Israel come from five airports: EWR, JFK, MIA, FLL, LAX. So why should AA bother serving it from Philadelphia?



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User currently offlinemayor From United States of America, joined Mar 2008, 9969 posts, RR: 14
Reply 10, posted (5 months 1 week 4 hours ago) and read 8174 times:

Perhaps AA will return the DL 767 model (yeah, right)   that we had on display in the Sheraton Hotel in TLV when we started service to TLV in '91. We suspected the TW crews took it when the hotel was putting on such a big show for our service starting. TW's crews stayed at that hotel, also. The DL folks that were TDY to TLV for the PanAm transition were staying at that hotel, also. The model was there, for a few days and one morning, it disappeared.


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User currently offlinekiffy From United States of America, joined Mar 2010, 176 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (5 months 1 week 3 hours ago) and read 8058 times:

Don't forget about the huge pharmaceutical companies that benefit from the TLV-PHL flight...

User currently offlineORDTLV2414 From United States of America, joined Mar 2013, 241 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (5 months 1 week 3 hours ago) and read 7952 times:
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Quoting HPRamper (Reply 4):
JFK-TLV

This market is very very saturated


User currently offlineMah4546 From Sweden, joined Jan 2001, 32188 posts, RR: 72
Reply 13, posted (5 months 1 week 3 hours ago) and read 7905 times:

Quoting ORDTLV2414 (Reply 12):
Quoting HPRamper (Reply 4):JFK-TLV
This market is very very saturated

Soon enough it will overtake New York-Paris as the second most travelled city pair between the mainland United States and any overseas point. There's room for a fourth.

AA already plays in oversaturated markets - NYCMAD, NYCROM and NYCMIL all have at least four airlines and none is even half the size of NYCTLV. A market as large as NYCTLV with only three airlines is the complete opposite of saturated. And the fares don't suck, either.



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User currently offlineusairways85 From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 3326 posts, RR: 7
Reply 14, posted (5 months 1 week 3 hours ago) and read 7855 times:

Quoting Mah4546 (Reply 9):
It makes no sense to serve it from Philadelphia,
Quoting ORDTLV2414 (Reply 12):
This market is very very saturated

Agreed. I do not deny that the JFK-TLV market is exponentially larger and even if JFK only maintains a small domestic presence it can likely handle a good portion of the connections but you have a monopoly on PHL-TLV. You'll be something like the 6th flt and 4th carrier on NYC-TLV. Who knows, maybe that will not make a difference because of the enormity of the NYC-TLV market.

I can see PHL-TLV going to JFK-TLV, I just don't agree that PHL-TLV makes absolutely no sense as though the airline wanted to buy a 380 to fly PHL-NRT.


User currently offlineiFlyLOTs From United States of America, joined Apr 2012, 433 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (5 months 1 week 3 hours ago) and read 7829 times:

Quoting Independence76 (Reply 3):
Shouldn't be a problem, considering a certain someone was asking the company for it without hesitation.

I see what you did there.

Quoting Mah4546 (Reply 9):
I do think AA will continue flying to TLV. It makes no sense to serve it from Philadelphia, however, when, outside of peak summer, 3 out of every 4 people travelling to Israel come from five airports: EWR, JFK, MIA, FLL, LAX. So why should AA bother serving it from Philadelphia?

Well if AA can fill planes from MIA and JFK to TLV, why not keep PHL and use that as the place to try and feed all of the connecting traffic from smaller US-Israel markets? I mean, haven't some people been speculating that this is basically what PHL can be used for post merger? A connection point for smaller markets to Europe so that they can focus more on O&D traffic out of JFK.



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User currently offlinegizmonc From United States of America, joined Mar 2011, 309 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (5 months 1 week 3 hours ago) and read 7686 times:

When CO started EWR TLV they did it with a 777 they were not running it long and it went to 2 flights daily. Just checked united.com and yes they are still running it with TWO 777-200's. In its hey day TWA had like 12-14 flgihts per weeks out of JFK. At the same time Tower Air was running 747-200's. So there is a market. I picked ramdom dates in NOV laving the 20 and return 27 and the airfare was $1669.00. I am sure there are some discount places AKA bucket stores that sell those tickets little cheaper. I vote for AA to pay what is owed to the TWA folks......I can say this I went to TLV twice on TWA NR and twice working. I could not believe the number of employees they had at the ticket counter and the gate.
We used to send a 747-200 STL LGW and folks checked in at the ticket counter it was staffed with adaquate agents.
At the Gate there was usually 1 Agent boarding the flight and 2 agents over at the Customer service counter. So TLV was way over staffed. Not sure of the total number of agents but it was HIGH. Just googled and found a link back to airlines.net

http://www.airliners.net/aviation-fo...ral_aviation/print.main?id=4575080

IN TLV TWA had 75 employees. the TLV employees claimed that route generated 8.5-10 profit yearly. With fares much higher than they were at the end of TWA JFK TLV in 2001. I could see that AA could made a deal with the former TWA employees. If the route is that profitable it will STAY and probably more flights from other cities. MIA TLV would be packed with the folks from HOLLYWOOD AREA.


User currently offlinemayor From United States of America, joined Mar 2008, 9969 posts, RR: 14
Reply 17, posted (5 months 1 week 2 hours ago) and read 7440 times:

Quoting gizmonc (Reply 16):
IN TLV TWA had 75 employees. the TLV employees claimed that route generated 8.5-10 profit yearly. With fares much higher than they were at the end of TWA JFK TLV in 2001. I could see that AA could made a deal with the former TWA employees. If the route is that profitable it will STAY and probably more flights from other cities. MIA TLV would be packed with the folks from HOLLYWOOD AREA.

The problem that DL ran into in TLV, in '91, was that a good portion of the people, flying back and forth, were redeeming their PanAM FF miles as TLV seemed to be the capital of PA's FF world. They probably made money from the cargo when it was still a TLV-Paris-JFK flight as a good portion of the cargo was perishables (melons & goose liver) going to France, but once they made it non-stop from TLV to JFK, that revenue dropped off, too.



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User currently offlineckfred From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 5067 posts, RR: 1
Reply 18, posted (5 months 1 week 2 hours ago) and read 7285 times:

Quoting Mah4546 (Reply 9):
I do think AA will continue flying to TLV. It makes no sense to serve it from Philadelphia, however, when, outside of peak summer, 3 out of every 4 people travelling to Israel come from five airports: EWR, JFK, MIA, FLL, LAX. So why should AA bother serving it from Philadelphia?

But, would AA fly ORD-TLV. I can think of a lot of people in the Chicago area of all faiths and backgrounds who have the Holy Land on their "to do" lists.


User currently offlinecrAAzy From United States of America, joined Jan 2008, 734 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (5 months 1 week 2 hours ago) and read 7060 times:
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Quoting arielwar (Reply 1):
I think the fine is like $20 million, idk if it's worth it.

Why spend $20 million to settle the AA TLV problem when it can be spent to hire a new consulting firm for a new logo and paint scheme?


User currently offlineckfred From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 5067 posts, RR: 1
Reply 20, posted (5 months 1 week 1 hour ago) and read 6978 times:

Quoting crAAzy (Reply 19):
Why spend $20 million to settle the AA TLV problem when it can be spent to hire a new consulting firm for a new logo and paint scheme?

I've said it before, and I'll say it again. Many, many companies change their corporate identity during or after a trip through bankruptcy.

The CO scheme that is now the UA scheme came about after a bankruptcy stay. DL ditched the wavy gravy after coming out of bankruptcy. UA's last livery (the white and blue one) was introduced during its trip through bankruptcy. The last TWA livery was introduced after one of its several trips into bankruptcy.

And, many people had been saying that the last livery, which was introduced in the late 60s, was due for a change, even if AA never went into Chapter 11.

Even a brand as venerable as Kraft has updated its logo, ditching KRAFT in all caps for Kraft with only the K capitalized and an updated font.


User currently offlineORDTLV2414 From United States of America, joined Mar 2013, 241 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (5 months 1 week 1 hour ago) and read 6920 times:
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but guys what about the LY codeshare?

User currently offlinexdlx From United States of America, joined Aug 2008, 612 posts, RR: 1
Reply 22, posted (5 months 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 5595 times:

Quoting crAAzy (Reply 19):

It will cost a lot more than $20m to repaint.


User currently offlineripcordd From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 1126 posts, RR: 1
Reply 23, posted (5 months 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 5386 times:

You do know coming out of BK the will be a brand new company on paper

User currently offlineklwright69 From Saudi Arabia, joined Jan 2000, 1977 posts, RR: 3
Reply 24, posted (5 months 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 5284 times:
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Not taking over TW's JFK-TLV was one of the dumbest moves ever by AA. Their official reason was for "economic reasons." They never said publicly that it was about not paying TW's employees.

It is absurd AA never started TLV after all these years, leaving the market for US, DL, and UA. CO swooped in at an especially good time. It was only TW and Tower Air in the market back then when CO got in. The only other market that saw two CO 777's was IAH-LHR.

In other threads on this topic, many people have said that AA will not owe these people anything, that it was TW back then and they're gone. No one has made this statement yet. I think they will have to settle, and the employees will demand interest on benefits owed.

It should be noted that the incumbent US carriers have NOT added nonstops to TLV that are not in the northeast (NYC and PHL)


25 bobnwa : It astonishes me how some people continue to praise the old AA managment when they were obviously incompetant.
26 jfklganyc : No it's not. There are a lot of Jewish people are in the NYC area. And real jews; the ones that go to Israel frequently. This is like a trip to Boca
27 HPRamper : PMAA had no presence, no station there, and was in poor financial straits to make that kind of investment. Now, US has already taken care of the legw
28 gizmonc : I did a simple google on the subject cities with Jewish population: Jewish population by metropolitan area Rank Metro Area Country Number % of World T
29 LAXdude1023 : First off, if AA is going to pony up the cash to keep flying to TLV, I dont think they will just serve TLV from one gateway. I think it is totally rea
30 Post contains links MIflyer12 : That assertion needs to be reconciled with TLV's very low ranking in airports as direct gateways to the U.S. (About 35th, and less than 1/4 the passe
31 usairways85 : The argument being made is that the US-TLV connections primarily come from cities that AA does serve from JFK (South Florida & LAX) thus JFK can
32 LAXdude1023 : And Im not sure I completely buy it. PHL-TLV by itself is around 60 PDEW. Its not like when DL moved ATL-TLV to JFK-TLV where it made sense. PHL-TLV
33 qf2220 : It will be worth it if the $20m is less than the discounted valuation of future profits on the route, adjusted for any risk to profitability that the
34 Mah4546 : I've never praised AA's incompetent management. I was over the moon when Arpey finally left - worst airline CEO in the last decade. It astonishes me
35 phllax : Couple of things to add here, At one point when LY was only doing LAX-TLV 3x/week, BOTH Continental flights originated/terminated at LAX. Then LY uppe
36 klwright69 : Yes, my best friend who is jewish would never fly anyone other than LY to Israel. I am sure there are many others like him out there! I am wondering,
37 chepos : Having flown LY it's beyond me why anyone would go out of their way to fly them. Surly crews, the check in process with the whole security ordeal was
38 gizmonc : I have NR on EL AL, flew TLV FRA on 757. Service was okay but as previous posters noted the crew sure was surly. Food was not that good. Security leav
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