Back in the mid 90s, when AA
had very contentious negotiations with the pilots, I believe that the pilots suggested do something like CO
Light, as a means of getting some flexibility for pilot pay.
turned down the idea because, in the mid 90s, AA
had a very good product, and management felt that an airline within an airline would hurt the reputation of AA
Now, if AA
wanted to try something like Song or Ted, it would want further concessions from pilots and F/As, and that won't happen. Further, by offering first class on routes that compete against Ted and Song, AA
has an opportunity to compete for UA
frequent flyers that are mad that they have no upgrade opportunities.
The reason that AA
doesn't offer IFE on so many flights is that the MD
-80 was not purchased to be a long-haul aircraft. So, it never had an IFE system. According to a friend of mine who flies for AA
, there was talk of installing IFE when the fleet received new interiors in the late 90s, but the cost was horribly expensive, the equipment would have been very heavy, taking away cargo capability, and the MD
-80 cabin has a lower ceiling, so that meant no TV
screens in the aisle.