i cannot believe i missed this topic as many times as we have talked about this, i have been on the east coast, and traveling back tues phl-phx-las-lax-phx, but i have to jump in on this. aa's purchase of reno had nothing to do with competition, aa tried sjc once before, and failed, failed like a virgin saying no on prom nite. aa did not want the a/c, as we talked about before, the md80 a/c reno had were not cockpit friendly with the a/c that aa ordered, and i believe had diff engines, plus, aa never flew the md87 or md90 before the reno air purchase. as rumored, it was always said that crandall had his pocket in reno air from the beginning, back to the day that aa first wanted to close down sjc. when redding loss all when the old old midway back in midway shut down, people started talking, redding had money all of a sudden, crandall announced the aa shut down of sjc, and all of a sudden, new airline in reno flying md80s, short while later, new partner for aa out of sjc to pick up gate leases and flights and while they are there, offer their pax the aa freq flyer program. truth, maybe maybe not about crandalls wife on the board, dont know, do know that my family owned a lot of stock in reno air, and my brother worked for them, and i flew them, and the reno air employees at the time were not fond of aa at all. the town of reno was not found of aa at all, mark that twice now aa has wrecked business in reno, first with aircal, and now with the purchase and shut down of reno air. most old employees of reno air in reno went to travel agents after the purchase and pleaded with agents not to book pax on aa after they closed the reno hub down, and from what my brother says, most aa pax in reno are not reno originating, but more so, returning to their destination. the town and politics in reno are very anti-aa, and they should be. the purchase of reno air by aa had a lot to do with slots, this i know, reno air had numerous ord slots for 4x daily to reno, and multiple southbound ad hoc charters, and for slots and ron slots in sna. reno air was huge in sna and had a very loyal following, for a while there, sna offered sna service to sea, las, sjc, sfo, and rno. quiet down to people who think aa wanted to try sjc again, they have the erj equip for that. remember one thing about reno air and the O&D market, except for ord and lax, dfw use to be the next huge pax market out of reno, funny though reno air never offered service on that route, 3x daily aa flights wasn't enough to scare reno air away, it was the politics behind it. my brother was high in the reno air corporate system, and they always just joked about it, reno never wanted to step on the toes of its ancestors, hint hint hint, crandall!!! i hope that the people of reno continue to boycott aa, they should!