I personally would not expect to see America West expand much more East of the Mississippi. They flat out failed in their attempt to secure a place in the East Coast with the former CMH
hub, and it really does seem like their focus will remain to be the West's premier airline. It would definitely be great to see them start more service out East to cities like SDF
, ORF, BHM
, etc, but sending one A319 a day to these marginal markets that already have pretty significant Southwest service, and many of whose citizen have probably never even heard of America West, might not right for the airline at the moment. Now, had America West introduced service to these cities through Columbus, maybe they could have gained enough name recognition to then introduce the West to these cities with nonstop service to PHX
. But who knows, maybe we will see America West bring more service to the East Coast (other than to the major business centers like BOS
). However for the time being, I see America West sticking to what they're good at, and that means covering the West.