>When you say "little in the way of connections",
>you are only referring to AA connections.
Yes. AA connections relative to number of total AA flights is small. "Hub" designation entails major administrative cost increases (minimum VP level manager for example).
>LAX is a MAJOR connection point for people
>transferring to Cathay Pacific and Qantas,
>2 of American's Oneworld partners.
Not as many as one would think. Future maybe, but not enough to justify "hub" status.
>In addition, many people connect to Hawaii.
Actually no. Just west coast pax. Rest of country go via ORD and DFW.
>If AA wants to begin to offer routes to Asia, LAX
>is the ideal location.
Passenger base wise I agree. Operationally, no it is a poor location (look at a globe).
>It seems like Oneworld should designate LAX as
>a "Oneworld" hub (maybe with ORD, LHR, and HKG).
>It would help establish an identity.
Now that's a neat idea! You in marketing perhaps? ;-)
"Connecting Complex" (the new buzz word)
Old buzz word. Used to describe a DFW "bank" of flights during my job interview in 1986. DFW runs 8-10 (I never bother to count) connecting complexes per day.
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