Sorry I have missed this thread's development. Working and all that...
Your contempt for AA is astonishing.
First of all, you base your opinion on a rumor. And your profile says you are a lawyer. Didn't they teach you not to jump to conclusions in law school?
More astonishing, however, is how you say that AA "limits" the travel options of people in North Texas. What the hell are you smoking? Here is an abridged list of destinations that North Texans wouldn't have if it weren't for AA:...
Nothing I wrote was in any way based upon web-board rumors. Rather, I booked a trip for my family of four on AA
, and have since discovered that we are relegated to AA
's new LRTC-reconfigured 757 equipment, both ways. The contempt which exists is in AA
's consistent approach to its customers.
If you are possessed of the silly notion that north Texas only has the various services you reference by the kind graces of AA
's presence, you are the one whose choice of recreational smokes is in question. AA
has consistently fought to suppress any meaningful form of innovation in this marketplace, and they have done so with great success.
Since we are profile surfing, I'll note that you live in Austin, a city from which you can at will buy a ticket on Southwest to anywhere they fly, a luxury we in Dallas do not have, in large measure because of AA
's effective lobbying. One of the amusing side-effects of that fact is that, at any given time, there are a number of city pairs to which you can fly from AUS
for less, on AA
, than I could fly from DFW
, even though you'd be connecting for the trip, in DFW
, on the same flight I would take. That's the "Southwest Effect" at work, something AA
has diligently worked to suppress here (with great success).
were not flying the routes you mentioned, someone else would be, and they might be a little more motivated to provide some service differentiation. If AA
were not practicing aggressive predatory behavior, I could still book a ticket on Legend, fly from Love, and ride in remarkable comfort. AA
uses its position of market dominance at this hub to ensure that we, here, pay more for nearly any given stage length, than do passengers at most other stations.
's reduced-pitch product is inferior to Southwest's seat pitch, yet another reminder that the core product can be outstanding, and the price consistently reasonable (not always the cheapest, but never confiscatory).
Lastly, I note comments about AA
flying its 757's to "mostly leisure destinations" as some sort of justification for eliminating the only positive point of difference AA
has had in years- its increased seat pitch. Simply because you can
do something- such as reducing the quality of a product- does not mean that you should
I certainly hope AA
does not do away with MRTC in the rest of its fleet- that these "web-board rumors" are nothing but. Unfortunately, the contempt AA
has shown for its customers in the past suggests that the rumor may ultimately be borne out. We shall see.
...three miles from BRONS, clear for the ILS one five approach...