I think that US would start PHL
before considering adding another gateway to MAD
I think if they were to add another MAD
flight, it would be CLT
does offers some connecting opportunities that PHL
doesn't, including some of the smaller Florida markets and some Caribbean/Latin America destinations (although many of them are not timed to connect with European flights).
And I think that if US were to start flying transatlantic routes from a nonhub airport, it would be BOS
and not ORD
is at least a focus city for US. They've run BOS
in the past. They want to run BOS
. (When pigs fly...) And there've been rumors about BOS
once the SNN
rule is eliminated. US has also announced several Caribbean routes from BOS
, AUA, BDA.
One important thing to consider is that US does not have any spare heavy lift at the moment. The summer schedule is 13x PHL
), 2x CLT
), and 1x PIT
). That's 16 flights, and US currently has 19 widebodies (9x 333, 10x 762). The summer schedule uses 8x 333 and 8x 762. They could get away with another 762 flight; 2 more would be really pressing their luck.
I'm the expert on here on two things, neither of which I care about much anymore.