There have been some really interesting topics lately talking about various airport/airline hub operations that have gotten me thinking.
I'm wondering about the future developments of the duel UA/AA hub at ORD.
Clearly ORD in its current form is in no position to accomodate any meaningful growth. While Terminal 1 is beautiful it seems to operate at absolute capacity during UA banks, particularly with very few widebody gates. (I think UA/LH use 5 gates for 777/747/340/330 etc)
Express is a mess over in T2 with aircraft seemingly stacked all over one another.
American seems to be in a better position facility wise. T3 is finnaly starting to improve; the facelift curbside and terminal improvements are rather nice. Eagle in G is great and it seems that AA has some gate space, especially in L to play around with.
However, it does not seem that AA is really growing in ORD. Eagle is on ORD-DCA and AA recently cancelled 777 service to China I believe (maybe Japan). What future does ORD have with AA? Are they just waiting for the runway changes or are they happy with ORD's current form.
UA on the other hand has to wait for ORD improvements to take place. The question is, will they seek additional terminal space (where?) ?
It seems that UA's service to FLA via TED makes them happy but they don't seem to put very many seats into this market. However, UA does seem utilize more seats to key business markets and to command a better yield than AA in these markets from figures I have seen. Will there be much expansion to Europe or more to Asia at any time?