there isn't a single person on the planet who would be moronic enough to fly SNA-PIT-SEA on US Airways even if it cost the same amount as somebody flying SNA-SEA nonstop on Alaska
First of all, I'm absolutely crazy enough to do that if I wasn't in a hurry.
Unfortunately, I couldn't, since US no longer serves SNA
Seriously though, they've chosen to focus on the east coast. Whether that's a good thing or not remains to be seen.
Domestically, there's not a whole lot more growth to be had at PHL
, and CLT
. That's why they're adding Caribbean destinations at PHL
and European destinations at PHL
. They've also recently added capacity at LGA
, but they can't keep on doing that, due to slot constraints and perimeter rules. The recent addition of capacity into BOS
, however, I think is more promising. They've added a good number of Caribbean destinations (SJU
, BDA, NAS
, AUA, MBJ
). I think if they add a few major business destinations (ORD
), the usual Florida destinations (MCO
), a few more leisure destinations (MSY
, make the LAS
daily), and a few European destinations (bring back FRA
and put LH
's code on it, start LGW
, maybe seasonal SNN
), US has a good shot at pulling ahead of AA
, especially with the increased feed US will have in BOS
due to the LH
US's big problem is that they really don't have much spare lift right now. That's why there's been all the new Saturday-only service. 279 planes is not a whole lot. (It's actually at about 276 and falling due to the Airbus heavy maintenance problems, but that's another story.) I think when the EMB-170's start coming online, US will be able to put them in existing mainline markets and redeploy the planes elsewhere. Until then, unless they take a drastic step like closing PIT
, I don't think they have the ability to add any serious amount of capacity anywhere.
I'm the expert on here on two things, neither of which I care about much anymore.