764 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 608 posts, RR: 0 Posted (10 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 2258 times:
I have heard that AA is apparently looking into starting new transatlantic services in spring. After the planned Alliance between AA and BA has been cancelled due to regulatory problems (slots at LHR etc), AA obviously wants to increase both their route network and frequencies on existing routes ex ORD. With the introduction of More Room Throughout Coach on the entire international fleet in 2003, they think they can win customers who currently fly on other carriers. Apparently AA is in negotiations with five European airports. I couldn't find out exactly which ones. Does anybody have a clue?
MAH4546 From Sweden, joined Jan 2001, 31118 posts, RR: 73 Reply 2, posted (10 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 2218 times:
Actually, with the introduction of two-class 767-300ERs, AA is opening up a whole new world of profit potenital in Europe, as well as deep South America. Previously AA had to limit itself with trans-Atlantic crossings because 3-class service is hard to fill everywhere, which is one reason AA has cut back so much. When the conversion is complete, the only cities that will see 3-Class service are LHR, LGW (except STL), FRA (DFW only), CDG (JFK only), GRU, and EZE. GIG, SCL, and MAD also may see three-class 777s.
With more tourist class and business class seats to fill, with no need to wormy about first-class, they may look at opening up new European routes. O'Hare-Athens and Miami-Barcelona are two perfect examples of routes that could happen. Making MIA-CNF/MVD/ASU non-stop instead of via GRU/EZE is also a possibility. So is reopening BHX and ARN, and new possible markets such as MIA-LIS and MIA-FRA.
Nothing is going to happen overnight and spring is way too early, but the 2-class 763s do open the door for a whole new world of trans-Atlantic services from MIA and ORD.
Padcrasher From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 4, posted (10 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 2172 times:
Maybe you're right, Spain is an option with IB's help.
A two class config does have the drawback of AA not being to attract full paying C class passengers with free upgrades to F. Which they do all the time. This will put them on a level playing field with other 2 class airlines.
Blink182 From Azerbaijan, joined Oct 1999, 5430 posts, RR: 19 Reply 5, posted (10 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 2123 times:
A daily 763 to Amsterdam would be very nice . Speaking of Amsterdam, I heard that AA planned to start ORD-AMS a few years ago, but it never got off the ground.
Before everybody starts celebrating, I don't think American is going to start any real exotic routes, I think for the most part it will fly to more partners' hubs rather than go single handedly with the exception being Amsterdam and possibly Stockholm.
I think Helsinki, Dublin, Barcelona, Amsterdam, and Moscow are in the cards.
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747firstclass From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 9, posted (10 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 1918 times:
Some how I think this all a ploy to force BA and the UK to agree to openskies.Especially coming days after the US was told there would be another delay before more talks between the US and UK could take place.
A long time ago, I read where AA, when Crandall was running the airline, was looking at BRU. As BRU and AMS are close to LHR, they could really hurt BA at LHR. I think HEL is a definite possibility along with ZRH and MAD. Dont know why I think that now, but I would rate some expansion at BRU as near the top of the list.
Padcrasher From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 12, posted (10 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 1846 times:
How do I know MRTC has not worked?
Because an American exec interviewed in the Dallas Morning News said they had not seen any benefit. And AA has not seen it's yield hold up against the rest of the industry. You would think that a preference for AA might show up in yield, or LF, or gain in market share in DFW or ORD.
MAH4546 From Sweden, joined Jan 2001, 31118 posts, RR: 73 Reply 13, posted (10 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 1857 times:
I think HEL is a definite possibility along with ZRH and MAD
Do you mean MAD and ZRH being served by AA? AA already flies MIA-MAD, JFK-ZRH, and DFW-ZRH, all daily with 763s.
I do think that we will see MIA-HEL and ORD-HEL in 2-4 years. ORD done daily by AA and MIA done by 3x or 4x a week by Finnair (Finnair used to fly MIA-HEL 2x a week; Miami has North America's second largest Finnish ex-pat community). I also think that in the future we will see MIA-BCN and MIA-FRA.
In 1999, AA announced a plethora of new long-haul routes. They were JFK-NRT, BOS-NRT, JFK-FRA, ORD-AMS, ORD-SVO, and MIA-ASU (to replace MIA-GRU-ASU, which still operates to this day). JFK-FRA was the only one started at that time, and it lasted only a few months. JFK-NRT was eventually started last April. I do think we will see MIA-ASU in the future once the Paraguayan economy get's back running (though thier 5th freedom rights on GRU-ASU are very lucrative). And while I would not be surprised to see AA at AMS, it would be from DFW, since ORD and MIA already are well covered to AMS. ORD has United, KLM, Sinagpore, and I think Royal Joradanian or Kuwait Airlines. MIA has Martinair Holland and KLM.
OzarkD9S From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 4681 posts, RR: 23 Reply 14, posted (10 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 1768 times:
I't probably too much to hope for to see some increased transAtlantic action eminating from STL, they seem intent on turning it into their "loss leader" hub. Even LGW has been reduced to four times a week in the winter.
Jcs17 From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 8065 posts, RR: 43 Reply 15, posted (10 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days ago) and read 1712 times:
I't probably too much to hope for to see some increased transAtlantic action eminating from STL, they seem intent on turning it into their "loss leader" hub. Even LGW has been reduced to four times a week in the winter
Its a distinct possiblity that once the US aviation climate improves that you guys in STL could see a summer service to CDG again (763?)...
Aa777flyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 16, posted (10 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 1701 times:
AA will not add any new European Markets in 2003. There will be additional (summer) frequencies to LHR from ORD and JFK and the STL-LGW will be daily. Other than that dont expect to see any other international growth until 2005 at the VERY earliest ( and that is if things improve ).
764 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 608 posts, RR: 0 Reply 17, posted (10 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 1672 times:
Well, looking at AA's history, one more ORD route comes to mind. AA has been serving the German aiport of Dusseldorf until 95. That route was lateron successfully operated by UA. UA has now left DUS due to their financial problems and the demand for flights from DUS to/through ORD is unsatisfied. I had never heard of Dusseldorf before the airport apparently burnt down in a fire in 96, killing like 20 people or so. For some reason I got interested in tht place as Germany has always been one of my dream destinations and I found out that some 15 million people (with a fair average income) live within 60 miles of DUS airport, so there is a huge customer base there.
After BA/AA doesn't seem to work out, BA's not an option for feeder flights to LHR. However, BA will be serving DUS with three daily 767s plus further connections just to feed their own transatlantic flights. I guess that it would make a lot of sense for AA to serve DUS again.
Johnnybgoode From Germany, joined Jan 2001, 2187 posts, RR: 7 Reply 18, posted (10 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 1608 times:
764, although DUS seems to be a very interesting choice, i would rather put my money on MUC.
it´s growing rapidly and it´s got a very broad catchment area, and offers high yields.
don´t know if they want to compete directly on ORD-MUC with LH/UA, since both airports are star alliance hubs, but i do think that there will be more american carriers serving MUC in the near future.
If only pure sweetness was offered, why's this bitter taste left in my mouth.
GKirk From UK - Scotland, joined Jun 2000, 24621 posts, RR: 58 Reply 21, posted (10 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 1530 times:
The spare A332 is still in SAS config, so is really not ideal for MAN routes, however the AA 2 class 763 aircraft are ideal for routes out of MAN, so maybe the DFW-MAN route could resume in the near future?
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747firstclass From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 22, posted (10 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 1520 times:
BMI is keeping their spare aircraft in storage and ready to immediately start LHR-USA service when they get the go ahead. That way, they wont have to adjust their MAN-USA schedule etc and tarnish their wonderful reputation. Just a few hours ago the UK competition officials gave the go ahead for the BMI-UA alliance to proceed. The only remaining obstacle is for a openskies agreement to be signed between the US and UK. Would think that this approval puts incredible and enormous pressure on the UK and BA to do so.
The anti competition officials commended the benefits to consumers. That along with the lowest number of tourists to the UK in 20 years should be an incentive for somebody, somehwere in the chain of command to realize a US/UK openskies benefits everyone.