This statement is wrong per se. Now, if you are not specifically excluding Mexico from your definition of Latin America, this is not only wrong, but completely ridiculous and asinine.
|Quoting mercure1 (Reply 16):|
So why the bad performance for Delta ?
Its not like they are novice in Latin America - they inherit a strong Mexico franchise from Western Airlines
sadly squandered many of the Western routes. For example, many of us were completely shocked when DL
and opened the door for AS
to enter the market. True, DL
may be able to funnel pax through both AM
, but that was a move difficult to understood.
|Quoting IrishAyes (Reply 18):|
I know that DL's relationship with AM is long and entrenched, but there are also some bizarre things about it. They tend to be very flaky towards their ATLMEX services - I was surprised that they are just re-starting a daily flight this month. In their defense, however, ATLMEX is decently high-frequency and DL has a stake in AM....but still?
is flaky about ATL
indeed; I don't really understand why. This is the umpteenth time AM
. Hopefully this time around the service will last. Until very recently, AM
did not have DL
as a shareholder, and their "alliance" was little more than a glorified codesharing agreement, so it was hard to find a justification for AM
to leave ATL
so many times.
|Quoting IrishAyes (Reply 20):|
Mexico is important but AM clearly has "AA-syndrome" in that they are a risk-averse carrier. While the DL-AM tie-up provides excellent coverage for US-Mexico, beyond that there is not much.
That is right. AM
has been quite risk averse since Citi and a bunch of Mexican investors acquired it from the government some years ago (before then they were just shooting in the dark when it came to new routes to the US). To their defense, their conservative behavior in the face of LCC competition, MX
's last attempts to survive by slashing fares, the swine flu epidemic, the global financial crisis, etc. has paid off and they are a profitable and decently run company. Now that they have relaunched their partnership with DL
, it is time to grow in the cross-border market. There are many, many point-to-point routes that AM
could develop by working together closely. They have after all the right planes for that in the form of regional jets, MD
-90s and 717s (DL), and E-170s, E-190s and 737-700s (AM). Aside from that, I agree AM
needs to take more chances in the Mexico - Canada/Caribbean/South America markets, but that is a whole other topic!