Jiml1126 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (11 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 1301 times:
Japanese civil-aviation magazine "Airline" (Nov, 2001) has reported all US airlines has cut 20% of its schedules, including American Airlines, which has said that it is considering to drop London Heathrow Airport's operation.
Is this true that AA is considering about it's operation at Heathrow?
Thomasphoto60 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 3723 posts, RR: 25 Reply 5, posted (11 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 1078 times:
I agree. If they were on the skids like TWA was in the mid 80s when they sold off their LHR slots then perhaps, but AA is far from being in that position.
Carty would be nuts to give up those highly valued slots. Though I would not mind seeing CO getting a shot at LHR if by some remote chance AA left. Can you imagine the frenzy between DL,CO,NW and possibly US in attempting just to get one of those slots ?
Capt.Picard From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 6, posted (11 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 1052 times:
Sooner or later we'll get Open Skies, there's just a few gritty issues to get out of the way first (I think the main one is cabotage for British carriers in the US, the others are easier to resolve).
The cabotage requires change in legislation, and Congress approval, and the UK is adamant that this specific "problem" should be resolved before Open Skies; I am tired of the UK government's protective stance as regards LHR restrictions on other airlines;
Interestingly, when the UK government granted approval for UA & AA to take over PA & TWA's LHR services, it also managed to secure Seventh-freedom rights to the US; this means any British airline can operate a service to the US, from designated airports outside the UK.
Anyway, no, I highly doubt AA will be pulling out of LHR.
ContinentalEWR From United States of America, joined May 2000, 3762 posts, RR: 15 Reply 15, posted (11 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 893 times:
Nonsense. Heathrow slots, the sheer right to serve it, is a priviledge and an asset neither UA or AA would be foolish enough to dump. However, the BA/AA alliance will never progress beyond what it already is and the likelihood of Heathrow opening up to other US carriers is next to zero. American should shop for another European partner.
RWally From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 555 posts, RR: 4 Reply 21, posted (11 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 627 times:
There's no way AA would drop LHR. Especially if this whole AA/BA thing goes through.
Speaking of which, this article came out today:
WASHINGTON, Oct. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- David S. Stempler, President of the
Air Travelers Association, announced today that the Association had submitted
its comments to the U.S. Department of Transportation on the proposed American
Airlines ("AA")/British Airways ("BA") alliance, which seeks full authority
for codesharing, marketing, and schedule coordination. Stempler stated, "With
airlines on both sides of the Atlantic cutting service, and the possibility of
airline bankruptcies and consolidations, now, more than ever, airline
passengers need the benefits that an AA/BA alliance will provide."
The following are the key points made by the Air Travelers Association in
its DOT filing.
1. An American Airlines/British Airways Alliance will provide price,
schedule, and frequent flyer competition for other international
2. An American Airlines/British Airways Alliance will serve as a
catalyst for U.S./U.K. open skies, which will open London Heathrow
Airport to all U.S. and U.K. airlines.
3. Any required slot divestiture by an American Airlines/British Airways
Alliance at London's Heathrow Airport would be counterproductive by
reducing competition with other international airline alliances.
4. The necessity of an American Airlines/British Airways Alliance is
increased during this period of industry-wide financial crisis.
The Air Travelers Association is passenger-funded organization, based in
Washington, DC, which is both a representative and advocate for its airline
passenger members. The Association focuses on passenger safety, security,
savings, and service issues. It publishes the Airline Accident Report
Card(C), which provides report card grades for the world's airlines based on
their fatal accident histories, and provides membership in Travelers
Advantage(R), one of the largest, full-service, discount travel services in
the United States. David S. Stempler, President of the Air Travelers
Association, is an internationally known authority on airline, airline
passenger, and travel issues.