I don't think RDU ever got a fair shot from AA. I thought it strange at the time that AA built two new hubs reasonably close together-- therefore both were subscale and competing against each other. Had AA only picked RDU, maybe it would have been profitable. RDU has: excellent location geographically, great weather (i.e. few delays), little congestion, and the demographics of this market are quite good for O/D traffic. A little known factoid is that RDU has more O/D than Charlotte (Even before the arrival of SWA), even though Charlotte has a huge hub there. This is an upscale, well educated, highly mobile community. JI has very ambitious expansion plans here, with the aircraft on order to back it up, and contrary to popular opinion, they are ONLY a low fare airline when they compete with SWA, otherwise they are as expensive as the rest ($850 walkup fare to LGA for instance).