Why did AA keep the RDU-LGW flight after they sht down the RDU hub?
Why did EAL build a hub at ATL? It was a place already under the Delta wings, and EAL had a hub at MIA, which isn't far. Why didn't they build anything at JFK, EWR or the US North-East Coast as a hub, in order to get out of their almost sole market (Florida-North-Est Coast)?
Anyone would have the dates when RDU, BNA, GSO, Eastwind were opened/closed?
I know some dates:
AA - DFW 1981
AA - ORD 1982
AA - MIA 1989
AA - San Juan 1986
AF - CDG 1st June 1996
Here is something about RDU and BNA: feel free to make correction/comments.
"Raleigh/Durham (RDU) and Nashville (BNA)
American never has had a real strong grasp in the Northeast, leaving Delta Air Lines and US Air as the big players.
So, in the 1980s, American Airlines decided it was going to seriously bump up operations out east. It chose Nashville and Raleigh-Durham as its two hubs.
But these hubs didn't revealed to be profitable for American Airlines, and both BNA and RDU were closed as hubs May 1, 1996.
BNA was closed because its only profitable flights were to/from West Coast and they were taking traffic from DFW and ORD. The decision was made to protect DFW & ORD hub operations at the expense of BNA-west coast flights.
Doing so made BNA unprofitable and it was closed. Load on short flights were heavy, but not profitable and raising fares just US$5 per ticket dropped loads to less than 1/2 full. Not enough to maintain short-haul flights.
RDU was closed at the same time, but for different reason. American Airlines purchased Eastern Airline's Latin American operations out of MIA, making Miami a hub, and that pulled most RDU North-South connecting traffic away from American Airlines' RDU hub. Flights that were once 70%+ full began flying less than 30% full.
RDU was not good location for East-West flights, as American already had ORD and DFW for those, and it could not compete with direct MIA and MIA connecting flights. Therefore RDU became unprofitable and was closed as well.
American Airlines got the airport authority in 1994 to lengthen the main runway at BNA to allow American Airlines to do London non-stop.
The service to London-Gatwick were both started out of BNA and RDU on 26 May 1994.
The BNA flight was dropped with the hub operations, however the RDU-LGW flight was kept.
Recent rumors state AA could transfer the RDU-LGW to DFW in order to get third daily flight."