LGW, I enjoyed your ignorance. Why do you care what aircraft is used? CO uses the plane it uses for one reason-TO TRY TO MAKE A PROFIT!!! You don't run a 777 in a market that won't fill the seats for it. So it's boring to you-I don't think CO ran the flight to get you thrilled about anything, they're running it to make a profit.
Soku39, UA didn't leave primarily because the city was a pain in the ass-which is a correct definition of life for airlines, particlarly under Mike White. UA left primarily because Chicago is like the #2 business market in the nation, behind only New York. If you had to pick between ORD to make a hub and CLE, I'd even pick ORD, despite being a native Clevelander!
And Stretch8, your old jokes aside, CLE-FRA IS a possibility-they're both in the heart of major industrial areas, and it would be a good fit if the CLE hub can expand. I don't think NRT is a possibility in the near future-maybe within 10 years, depending on everything that happens-might be a good market for a Sonic Cruiser!! I still think AMS and CDG are also possible-IF CO can build up the hub over 400 trips a day in the next few years, which all hinges on the success of dual runway operations.