Well, the flight is not quite daily, it's a little sporadic -- but it has been expanded; it's definitely enough to say that there are officially three AA DFW
Blink and Lambertman --
I've heard the same thing regarding BA
. I've flown DFW
several times in the past year on AA
, and those flights are much fuller than they have been in previous years.
There are many factors that have affected BA
's service. First, AA
is looking to its international routes in order to restore profitability, primarily because the travellers are higher-yield and there is no LCC competition to speak of. After the de facto
closing of the STL
hub, they surely didn't want to completely get rid of the STL
flight. Second, given the regulatory environment out there, any hint of collusion between AA
would probably raise significant eyebrows in the antitrust community. Third, there is not much real difference in the products offered by BA
. Both are oneworld members, and both are flying to LGW
. If BA
were able to fly to LHR
, I think it would get more passengers.
I think that BA
will hold out at DFW
, however, and see how things develop. When the new International Terminal D is complete in early 2005, there may be more opportunities for oneworld connections. Also, if AA
can get approval to expand there codeshare, these opportunities will hopefully grow. However, with the market saturated with three 777s and one 767, it may be hard for BA
to make money. I doubt that BA
would ever leave DFW
; I don't think the airport would ever allow that to happen, but I do hope that things get better for them.