Lots of rumors, if's, and's, and but's flying around here.....
Fact...for the time being, AA
has no intention in pulling out of STL
. In fact, there really hasn't been any writing on the wall about this. You would see more downsizing in terms of reduced flights, for RJ
's, route cuts. For the most part, this hasn't been done. Now say if AA
were to pull out of STL
, then what the heck would they do with about 100 MD
-80's, 30 757's, and their contracts with American Connection. Many of those aircraft are on long term leases. Some of the 757 leases expire at the end of this year and over the next two years as about half of the former TWA 757's will be leaving the fleet then. However, about 15 or so of the 757's are leased through the end of the decade and will be reconfigured to AA
standards. Leases and service contracts with the Connection airlines, not to mention airport leases cannot easily be broken, outside of bankruptcy court. In some ways it is more economical to continue to operate the hub than to pull out.
Also, like Jim has pointed out, US may be out of Ch 11, but they aren't out to conquer the airline world. Same thing goes for UA
, everyone is saying how dangerous they'll be, but we've yet to see then make any real plans for trying to get out of Ch. 11. AA
is assuming they will be fine, if the TA
get ratified by their unions. Fine for a while at least. Regardless of airlines in, out, or on the brink of Ch. 11, they are all still having a revenue problem, even WN
will admit that too.