One reason is that expansion is risky, especially on unproven long haul routes....the routes that you mention would require SA
)">AA to go out and purchase/lease many more 777s. In these difficult times, most airlines are taking a conservative approach.
You are likely to see several of the routes mentioned in the near to midterm future....SA
)">AA does have some new and/or unused authorities to the Pacific. Re the South African services, I have read that SA
)">AA has studied routes out of MIA
)">AA could probably make the routes work, but it is risky - SA
is very, very far away and the potential is limited so SA
)">AA will likely place its resources elsewhere.
However, anything can happen......CO
plans to fly to Lagos, something that very few expected!