The flights in the TW
era were largely connecting, MD
-80's to CID
and 757's to IND
, give me a break. TW
001 to HNL
was about 80% connecting passengers, 20% local demand. One big stopping point...
As for AA
's presence now, many of the mainline flights go out near or completely full year round. However, flights to places like BOS
, and LGA
don't go out nearly as full as some of the others, but they are probably the best routes AA
has going from St Louis. They have very minimal competition, and business pax manage to fill up many of the seats. This is the case with SNA
also, its AA
's highest yielding market out of STL
, but only has enough demand to justify a once daily.
Flights to the leisure destinations obviously fill up since they are still around considering the yield, LAS
all run full pretty much everyday. SAN
especially, I haven't seen a seat open on that flight for a long time....
The strong American Connection routes would include DCA
(yield is great), ATL
, and RDU
. Those are the routes that would have the best chance in the future of being converted to AA
mainline. The marketing director said that expansion will come, but very slowly. He also commented there were a "handful" of RJ
markets that may be upgraded to mainline, my best guesses are listed above.