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Best U.S. Major Route System

Wed Oct 17, 2001 5:49 am

Hey guys,

What U.S. major do you think has the best route system? (domestic) and overall (dom & international)

I would say Delta for domestic
United for overall.  Smile/happy/getting dizzy
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RE: Best U.S. Major Route System

Wed Oct 17, 2001 6:04 am

Time and again, United has the most global route structure. Despite its breadth of international destinations, United covers the key business cities relevent to American business all over the world.
 
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RE: Best U.S. Major Route System

Wed Oct 17, 2001 6:22 am

SFO intern,

I,totally agree with you. That's why i picked UA for overall. But I feel they are VERY weak in the southeast U.S. I've always wondered, when Eastern went down, why United didn't grab those 53 gates in Atlanta. With Atlanta, combined with DEN,ORD,SFO,IAD
would have taken care of the whole country. I've also wondered why, after buying Latin America from Pan Am, they didn't hub Miami and challenge AA. Same for the Carribean. Remember their ill-fated Orlando hub?
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RE: Best U.S. Major Route System

Wed Oct 17, 2001 6:22 am

I agree with 727LOVER ! Delta`s domestic network is very good and their international is also OK.

But United`s international network is better than Delta`s.

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RE: Best U.S. Major Route System

Wed Oct 17, 2001 6:31 am

727LOVER--

Yup. I too regretted for United its failure to capitalize on those opportunities. However, keep in mind, United was already growing astronomically during Wolf's tenure. I don't think it would have had the financial resources to inherit even ATL or EA's Latin America routes singularly. Even during Wolf's worldwide UA roundout, UA incurred its heaviest losses. That was the price they had to pay for a truly global network.

I totally agree that UA is almost nothing in the SE US. It's not very strong in the Texas region either, where AA, CO, and DL have formidable operations.

However, every airline has its weakness. AA still isn't all that and a bag of chips on the west and east coast, even though it's acquired Reno Air and TW's eastern presence.

DL and AA have strong domestic coverage, but I'd say its a toss-up between the Big Three. United, while lacking in the SE, has a domestic hub system very conducive to business travel, with hubs located linearly across the central longitude of the country. This allows for a productive amount of efficient connections.

I'm gonna go out on a limb here and say I don't think there will ever be a true national carrier, as the merger between US and UA was envisioned.

As carriers get larger in size, costs become astronomical. I'll say it once, I'll say it again: there are no economies of scale in the airline industry for megacarriers.