President and CEO Jeff Smisek told an analyst’s conference in New York that his plan is to increase international flying as much as demand will support, and to make its domestic network as big as needed to supply passengers to international flights.
(Courtesy of KHOU.com)
So is he saying here that the his goal for the domestic network is to feed international flights, rather than try to make money on the domestic side too? A lot of people are taking this that his long range vision of United is to shrink the domestic network down to a level where its primarily feeding international flights, or to put it another way, as small as needed? Another translation may be, Outsource all domestic flying, save for the 737/A320, don't order more narrowbodies, and eventually eliminate mainline domestic service altogether.
I personally don't believe it will be that dramatic, but its a comment that makes me stop and think for a second.