I think the main reason was, AA
as a reliever, but also it allowed them to take the leisure-type traveler through STL
while the more expensive business fares went through ORD
. Also, getting rid of Karabu (Carl Ichan's TWA agreement) helped everyone because it eliminated that website for cheap tickets. I think getting the international route authorities, LGA
slots was just gravy.
It all backfired on 9-11. The high paying last minute travelers, who were supposed to be going through ORD
flat out refused to pay those higher prices. Plus, vacationers became scared to travel. So now we have three hubs that pretty much mirror each other sitting in the midwest.
wants to keep all three hubs, maybe they could transform ORD
into sort of a focus city concentrating only on O & D traffic. DFW
could become the coast to coast connecting hub, transferring passengers from major west coast cities to the major cities of the east and Europe. STL
could be the hub that brings the big towns of both coasts to the smaller communities in the midwest, but then, you end up taking away aircraft that could do that anyway from ORD
. I don't know.......seems like STL
may not be of use to AA
As for the past mergers. I guess the AirCal deal was just one of those things that was a good idea at the time, but then after a few years was no longer valid. The Reno Air purchase I always though was for Reno's infrastructure...........not necessarily their routes, just gates, ticket counters and employees. The majority of the Reno and AirCal people still remain with AA
to this day. Unfortunately, TWA may be a different story.