micstatic
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Airlines Most Profitable Route

Fri Aug 02, 2002 11:37 pm

For each US airline, what do you all think the most profitable or coveted domestic route is for each?

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RE: Airlines Most Profitable Route

Fri Aug 02, 2002 11:39 pm

I would think US makes a ton of cash off of PHL-PIT. They recently forced Airtran out of the market and no doubt greatly increased prices on this route that is a bit too far for most people to drive
 
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RE: Airlines Most Profitable Route

Sat Aug 03, 2002 12:04 am

That one is tough, but you have to look at which flights are full in First or on some coast to coast flights business and first. So your flights into highly populated areas where large amounts of business are, NYC, there is lots of money to be made. PHL and PIT are both hubs of US Air, that does not mean that they are making loads of money on the route, they just offer lots more service at a cheeper value.
 
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RE: Airlines Most Profitable Route

Sat Aug 03, 2002 12:25 am

For both DL and US, the BOS-LGA-DCA shuttles must be big money-makers.
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RE: Airlines Most Profitable Route

Sat Aug 03, 2002 1:28 am

For American Airlines, MIA-LAX is a big moneymaker, and it is thier only US route to feature full-scale International Flagship service with 777s. MIA-SFO is also big on yields. Naturally, so are JFK-LAX and JFK-SFO. There is a list of every airline's big three moneymakers floating around on these boards somewhere, some of these results may surprise people.
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RE: Airlines Most Profitable Route

Sat Aug 03, 2002 7:14 am

Deltas shuttle routes are actually money losers according to deltas news digest magazine contrary to popular belief. I know that Ric-Atl-Ric used to be one of deltas biggest money makers...Atl/cvg/jfk-cdg, and atl-lgw are big money makers for delta too.
 
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RE: Airlines Most Profitable Route

Sat Aug 03, 2002 8:06 am

This question seems to come up every few months.

Here is a listing of the top 3 most profitable routes for each carrier in 2000 based on DOT statistics. Notice many are short hauls that produce high yield linking business markets or are hub to hub flying.

AS - SEA-PDX, ANC-FAI, SEA-GEG
HP - PHX-SNA, LAS-SNA, LAS-LAX
AA - DFW-ORD, ORD-LGA, ORD-BOS
CO - EWR-BOS, EWR-DCA, EWR-ORD
DL - LGA-BOS, LGA-DCA, ATL-ORD
NW - DTW-ORD, DTW-MSP, DTW-LGA
WN - DAL-AUS, DAL-HOU, DAL-SAT
UA - ORD-LGA, ORD-EWR, ORD-DCA
US - PHL-BOS, PHL-PIT, PIT-LGA

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RE: Airlines Most Profitable Route

Sat Aug 03, 2002 8:11 am

Deltas shuttle routes are actually money losers according to deltas news digest magazine

I think the editor of that magazine needs to take a closer look at his numbers in that case.
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RE: Airlines Most Profitable Route

Sat Aug 03, 2002 9:41 am

For all of you the complain about airlines not having West Coast hubs, I think the stats above speak volumes. Other than HP and WN (all in Texas) AS (doesn't fly there), the most profitable cities are all in the East coast.
 
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RE: Airlines Most Profitable Route

Sat Aug 03, 2002 9:43 am

i wonder how DEN-ORD is for UNITED?



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RE: Airlines Most Profitable Route

Sat Aug 03, 2002 10:51 am

For AA, I am going to say DFW-ORD and ORD-DFW. Both are AA's largest hubs and the flights are pretty much hourly.

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RE: Airlines Most Profitable Route

Sat Aug 03, 2002 1:59 pm

Airzim:

Other than HP and WN (all in Texas) AS (doesn't fly there), the most profitable cities are all in the East coast.


Ahh yes, the beautiful coastal cities of Minneapolis, Chicago, and Detroit...  Wink/being sarcastic


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RE: Airlines Most Profitable Route

Sat Aug 03, 2002 2:05 pm

N-Dub, you laugh, but Minneapolis has some of the best surfing on the East Coast.  Big grin
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RE: Airlines Most Profitable Route

Sat Aug 03, 2002 2:11 pm

AerLingus-

I didn't laugh...I smiled in acknowledgement...

Seriously, we'll be able to compete with Ocean City, Wildwood and Virginia Beach once the new boardwalk is completed...  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

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RE: Airlines Most Profitable Route

Sat Aug 03, 2002 4:07 pm

CO EWR-ORD?? Those are all half empty 735s. COs most profitable route has to be EWR-FLL. Every flight is oversold.
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ben88
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RE: Airlines Most Profitable Route

Sat Aug 03, 2002 7:32 pm

Oversold doesn't mean profitable. They may have lowered fares to compete with another airline. Load factor has little to do with profit yields.

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