jeffrey1970
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Any Chance Of US Airways To Africa?

Fri Dec 02, 2011 2:08 pm

Since airlines such as Delta and United have just recently started to fly to Africa over the past few years, is there any chance that Usairways will start to fly to Africe? After all, they seem to always wait to jump in long after other u.s. airlines have already established themselves in an international market.
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Any Chance Of US Airways To Africa?

Fri Dec 02, 2011 2:28 pm

I would say certainly not. Their first priority is to build up South America out of CLT. They are waiting for GRU slots from the DCA/LGA slot swap with DL. Given that they are short on long haul aircrafts and the 762s are ageing, they will need to dedicate the new A332s to Europe (out of CLT and PHL).
 
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Any Chance Of US Airways To Africa?

Fri Dec 02, 2011 2:43 pm

I would say Africa is probably quite low on the list. US will probably serve NRT and many more LatAm markets before anywhere in Africa. When it happens I could maybe see a CLT-LOS or PHL-CAI, maybe even CLT-JNB, but that's a very long way down a very speculative road.
 
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RE: Any Chance Of US Airways To Africa?

Fri Dec 02, 2011 4:20 pm

Quoting HPRamper (Reply 2):
I would say Africa is probably quite low on the list. US will probably serve NRT and many more LatAm markets before anywhere in Africa. When it happens I could maybe see a CLT-LOS or PHL-CAI, maybe even CLT-JNB, but that's a very long way down a very speculative road.

NRT would be interesting. However there is a lot of competition. On the other hand there is not as much competition for flights to Africa.
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RE: Any Chance Of US Airways To Africa?

Fri Dec 02, 2011 4:29 pm

No chance whatsoever. As mentioned above expanding their market in South America (GRU, LIM, BOG...) and starting service to Asia (NRT, PEK?) is a larger priority. Also US airways doesn't really have great hubs to be an important player in intercontinental routes.

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RE: Any Chance Of US Airways To Africa?

Fri Dec 02, 2011 5:17 pm

I think PHL-CAI could have been on their stretch list of future destinations but with the unrest in Egypt and the existing carriers putting service on hold (CO EWR-CAI) or reducing service I highly doubt US will venture into that one any time soon
 
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RE: Any Chance Of US Airways To Africa?

Fri Dec 02, 2011 5:19 pm

Its a longshot but I could see US flying to CPT. It is a predominately leisure (but upscale) destination which is something that US seems to have historically had success with (i.e. BCN, VCE, many of their caribbean destinations). Additionally, thay would be able to get some feed from SA. Maybe on a 762 via DKR, SID, or ACC?
 
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RE: Any Chance Of US Airways To Africa?

Fri Dec 02, 2011 9:09 pm

I would think the 762s would be long gone by the time US attempted Africa.
 
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RE: Any Chance Of US Airways To Africa?

Fri Dec 02, 2011 9:21 pm

Yup -- put me down among the nay-sayers on this one. I see further Latin/South America from CLT first. Then expansion into Asia would follow, probably from PHL. Is O&D PHL-Africa strong at all?
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RE: Any Chance Of US Airways To Africa?

Fri Dec 02, 2011 9:55 pm

As American Airlines they might ...
 
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RE: Any Chance Of US Airways To Africa?

Fri Dec 02, 2011 10:11 pm

I doubt they would. But for memory's sake they was a rather similarly named airline USAfrica Airways that tried it a few years back. Although not at all related, they had similar schemes and could have had the name link like KLM Asia (just a thought).


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RE: Any Chance Of US Airways To Africa?

Sat Dec 03, 2011 4:41 am

PHL-CAI was on the plans a few years back when the TLV announcement came out, but it never happened. I never did read about any other routes for US into "deep" Africa though.
 
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RE: Any Chance Of US Airways To Africa?

Sat Dec 03, 2011 1:29 pm

Don.t forget that Africa has the third best economic expansion in the world after Asia and Middle-East. Philadelphia is a very big city on the East Coast and US Airways has a good hub there. So why not route like Philadelphia-Accra/Lagos/Yaounde/Windhoek.
 
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RE: Any Chance Of US Airways To Africa?

Sat Dec 03, 2011 3:14 pm

Quoting yenne09 (Reply 12):
Don.t forget that Africa has the third best economic expansion in the world after Asia and Middle-East. Philadelphia is a very big city on the East Coast and US Airways has a good hub there. So why not route like Philadelphia-Accra/Lagos/Yaounde/Windhoek.

Yes, I am aware of how large Philly is, but is there any local demand for Africa-bound flights, at least enough that could fill the necessary aircraft for a route such as those mentioned here?
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RE: Any Chance Of US Airways To Africa?

Sat Dec 03, 2011 4:35 pm

Quoting yenne09 (Reply 12):
Don.t forget that Africa has the third best economic expansion in the world after Asia and Middle-East. Philadelphia is a very big city on the East Coast and US Airways has a good hub there. So why not route like Philadelphia-Accra/Lagos/Yaounde/Windhoek.

Usairways need more A330-200 if they are flying to some of these destinations. US needs NRT and PEK before Lagos, Accra and Windhoek. DL and UA can make these cities work with their larger hubs in Atlanta, Houston, IAD and New York with all its O & D passengers.

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