AA might start a stray route or two, but it doesn't seem like they are likely to be really building a larger Asian presence any time soon. They don't have the planes for it and show no signs of getting anymore.
's approach has been to focus on trying to build a large presence to premier overseas business destinations from multiple US gateways. They've done this to LHR
, and EZE
were to expand in Asia, where would they do it?
o Obviously anything they can get in China is a no-brainer.
o I would actually not be surprised to see additional NRT
service, possibly from existing gateways at ORD
, if they could get good slots. Especially with JAL joining oneworld. Going to double daily in JFK
would be a good preemptive move against Delta now that United is throwing in the towel. This would obviously hurt yield, however.
o They have started DEL
. Perhaps additional service to India from additional gateways would be possible. BOM
would be great if they had the planes.
is the other possibility. ORD
might be good, but just that one route by itself wouldn't be where AA
has had success before. Those stray Asia flights like KIX
have not worked out. Rather, if they could do another NRT
, including a deeper, ATI-qualified, full-revenue sharing, etc. agreement with Cathay, that might be a way to further the Asia buildup. Maybe fly there from 3 or so different gateways. Can AA
get 5th freedom in HKG
seems to have it. There are extra frequencies to secondary cities in China just waiting to be picked up. Claim them and go to work as a tag off HKG
. Ok, I'm starting to engage in wild speculation.
Other that these three areas, I don't see anything logical for AA
to do in Asia. In the short term, they are likely to sit tight and watch how the NW
bankruptcy plays out and if the Asia routes will end up in play.