Longhornmaniac
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AA At AUS

Sun May 14, 2006 2:33 am

Just an interesting tidbit of information I was looking at today:

If I haven't missed any airports, AUS squeaks into the top 15 of the most served airports by AA, based on number of flights per day (and its regional affiliates...i.e. no codeshare).

Here are the list of airports ranked ahead of AUS (in no order) as of flights on May 15th:

DFW,ORD,MIA,JFK,LGA,SAN,LAX,BOS,RDU,SJC,SJU,STL,DCA, which puts AUS at 14th.

Is there any more expansion plans for AUS from AA? I know that MIA was served for a while, and it seems last year there were talks of it coming back, but I haven't heard anything. With B6 on JFK with almost no competition (unless you want to count DL  Wink), would that be a route AA might be interested in? What about other routes that are being flown nonstop on other airlines? AA sure does seem like they're interested in stealing any of WN's profit, even if it loses money on their end (see escapade at DAL). Perhaps SAN, or maybe MCO (to compete with DL and WN)?

Just throwing stuff out there, I'm probably being a wishful Austinite.  Wink

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commavia
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RE: AA At AUS

Sun May 14, 2006 2:37 am

Yep, AA has a huge presence in AUS. Anyone who's gone through Bergstrom on a Monday morning or Friday afternoon knows which airlines basically run the show in the Lone Star State's capital, namely AA and Southwest.

As for expansion, I don't really seen any major opportunities for growth short of maybe, at some point, flying AUS-MIA, but I doubt it would be mainline, and I doubt it will happen anytime in the near future.
 
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RE: AA At AUS

Sun May 14, 2006 2:53 am

Quoting Commavia (Reply 1):
Yep, AA has a huge presence in AUS. Anyone who's gone through Bergstrom on a Monday morning or Friday afternoon knows which airlines basically run the show in the Lone Star State's capital, namely AA and Southwest.

Amen to that.

Quoting Commavia (Reply 1):
As for expansion, I don't really seen any major opportunities for growth short of maybe, at some point, flying AUS-MIA, but I doubt it would be mainline, and I doubt it will happen anytime in the near future.

I doubt it would be mainline, too, perhaps even with a stop at Hobby, but the opportunity would certainly be nice. Sure would be nice if it could get in early enough to the point where I could fly nonstop to SXM from MIA.  Smile

Thanks for the response, Commavia, insightful as always.

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RE: AA At AUS

Sun May 14, 2006 5:12 am

AA appears to be pulling back in domestic markets, not expanding, unless it is on Eagle or to/from MIA, or some goofy experiment like Love. As for AUS, expect on MIA service (eventually) but nothing else.

I always thought AA could do well in AUS buliding it up into a focus city - non-stops to SEA, SFO, MCO, BOS etc. However it is apparent AA is retracting from markets, not adding, so let's not hold our breathes for anything substantial.
 
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RE: AA At AUS

Sun May 14, 2006 5:32 am

AA has stopped the AUS-HOU-LGA run haven't they? Isn't that why ATA started the HOU-LGA route?
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RE: AA At AUS

Sun May 14, 2006 5:40 am

Quoting JetBlueAUS (Reply 4):
AA has stopped the AUS-HOU-LGA run haven't they? Isn't that why ATA started the HOU-LGA route?

Yes, thats right, JetBlueAUS.

That was AA's connection to NYC from AUS, a direct flight. Same with DCA, a direct flight with a stop in RDU.

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RE: AA At AUS

Sun May 14, 2006 5:55 am

Quoting BigGSFO (Reply 3):
I always thought AA could do well in AUS buliding it up into a focus city - non-stops to SEA, SFO, MCO, BOS etc.

AA would never operate a focus city with flights to all those locations so close to a major hub, especially it's largest single hub, DFW. AA would much rather put people on the 33-minute flight AUS-DFW, where they can easily connect to hundreds of daily flights to cities across the globe. As someone who flies AUS-DFW about twice per month, I can certainly attest to the AUS-DFW flights always being fairly full, and not just in Y, they are also commonly full in F too.

Quoting JetBlueAUS (Reply 4):
AA has stopped the AUS-HOU-LGA run haven't they?

Yes. The 2x daily MD80s AUS-HOU-LGA ceased a few months back. It's not too big a deal, though, as AA still has 16x daily AUS-DFW, and 14x daily DFW-LGA, so it isn't like AA doesn't still offer quite easy connections over DFW.
 
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RE: AA At AUS

Sun May 14, 2006 7:52 am

Longhorn-

You wont see AA fly MIA-HOU-AUS since AA already operates 4 daily 737-800s between MIA and IAH.
 
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RE: AA At AUS

Sun May 14, 2006 8:19 am

Quoting COfaninBOS (Reply 7):
You wont see AA fly MIA-HOU-AUS since AA already operates 4 daily 737-800s between MIA and IAH.

Thats true, I didn't think about that. Thanks COfan!

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RE: AA At AUS

Sun May 14, 2006 10:26 am

Quoting Longhornmaniac (Thread starter):
Is there any more expansion plans for AUS from AA? I know that MIA was served for a while, and it seems last year there were talks of it coming back, but I haven't heard anything.

AA has never served Austin-Miami.
 
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RE: AA At AUS

Sun May 14, 2006 11:06 am

Clipper471,

AA indeed did fly AUS-MIA nonstop for a while on the 727......
 
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RE: AA At AUS

Sun May 14, 2006 11:29 am

Quoting Aacun (Reply 10):
AA indeed did fly AUS-MIA nonstop for a while on the 727......

Are you sure it was on the 727? I have an almost certain recollection it was at the very least on the MD-80 in addition.

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commavia
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RE: AA At AUS

Sun May 14, 2006 11:42 am

Quoting Longhornmaniac (Reply 11):
Are you sure it was on the 727? I have an almost certain recollection it was at the very least on the MD-80 in addition.

I can't find it in any old timetables as anything other than an MD80, but I'm not positive as to whether or not the route ever operated with a 727.
 
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RE: AA At AUS

Tue May 16, 2006 11:18 am

Quoting Aacun (Reply 10):
AA indeed did fly AUS-MIA nonstop for a while on the 727......

Was this a short-lived route? How long did it last? I'm surprised AUS saw the route before SAT did.
 
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RE: AA At AUS

Tue May 16, 2006 11:31 am

Does AA have any plans to up AUS to a focus city anytime soon?

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RE: AA At AUS

Tue May 16, 2006 11:38 am

Quoting Clipper471 (Reply 13):
Was this a short-lived route? How long did it last? I'm surprised AUS saw the route before SAT did.

Indeed it was a relatively short-lived route, but as I was just a youngster then, I couldn't really tell you how long. It couldn't have been more than 2 years or so, if even that long.

It seems to me that AUS has, especially recently, generated more traffic, especially point to point service, because of the high tech boom. This is evident with the AA/AE service to SJC and RDU. It is interesting to me, however, why AUS got LAX service well before SAT did, as well as many other cities. It may have something to do with the newer airport

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RE: AA At AUS

Tue May 16, 2006 11:39 am

Quoting Petmbro (Reply 14):
Does AA have any plans to up AUS to a focus city anytime soon?

As has been discussed, there's not much more AA could realistically add to their AUS schedule to make it into a "focus city." MIA could perhaps support a single daily flight, most likely on Eagle, but that's about it.
 
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RE: AA At AUS

Tue May 16, 2006 11:58 pm

I believe that AA officially refers to AUS as a "focus city," but I'm not 100% sure.
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RE: AA At AUS

Wed May 17, 2006 1:05 am

Quoting Ssides (Reply 17):
I believe that AA officially refers to AUS as a "focus city," but I'm not 100% sure.

I could be wrong, but I don't believe AA has ever officially designated any city as a "focus city," and I am fairly sure that AUS was never on that list. If anything, I could perhaps have imagined BOS, LAX, or RDU "focus cities," at different points in the last 5-10 years, but AUS is hardly a "focus city," as it is really just a large station that generates lots of O&D to a few specific, targeted markets (LAX/SJC/RDU) beyond the hubs (DFW/ORD/STL).
 
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RE: AA At AUS

Wed May 17, 2006 1:14 am

Quoting Commavia (Reply 18):
I could be wrong, but I don't believe AA has ever officially designated any city as a "focus city," and I am fairly sure that AUS was never on that list. If anything, I could perhaps have imagined BOS, LAX, or RDU "focus cities," at different points in the last 5-10 years, but AUS is hardly a "focus city," as it is really just a large station that generates lots of O&D to a few specific, targeted markets (LAX/SJC/RDU) beyond the hubs (DFW/ORD/STL).

Yes, as recently as 2000, their annual report called Austin a focus city.
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RE: AA At AUS

Wed May 17, 2006 1:23 am

Quoting MAH4546 (Reply 19):
Yes, as recently as 2000, their annual report called Austin a focus city.

Everything recent I see has JFK, LGA, BOS, and LAX as the focus cities, and then the obvious hubs as the hubs.
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