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AA To Cease Activities At BRU As Of 1 Nov

Tue Aug 14, 2012 3:06 pm

According to union sources in Belgian newspaper De Standaard, AA is to stop all its activities in BRU as of 1 November 2012. 33 jobs would be lost in sales and ops. There was just a verbal communication. Everything would be managed out of the London office.
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RE: AA To Cease Activities At BRU As Of 1 Nov

Tue Aug 14, 2012 3:15 pm

Oy. JFKBRU doesn't appear to be bookable on AA.com - AA172 just re-loops every time I hit a different fare class and says N/A.

This whole AA situation in Europe is really the pits.
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RE: AA To Cease Activities At BRU As Of 1 Nov

Tue Aug 14, 2012 3:18 pm

Quoting IrishAyes (Reply 1):
This whole AA situation in Europe is really the pits.

I think AA should just put all their focus on LatAm until they get their money taken care of
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RE: AA To Cease Activities At BRU As Of 1 Nov

Tue Aug 14, 2012 3:19 pm

Wow - why would AA not be able to sustain a relatively major station like BRU - I'm sure that 9W's overtures to enter *A aren't helping either. Too bad - BRU was a fantastic place to transit on the way to India (or anywhere for that matter).
 
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RE: AA To Cease Activities At BRU As Of 1 Nov

Tue Aug 14, 2012 3:31 pm

blah blah star hub blah blah ... we've heard that story before
 
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RE: AA To Cease Activities At BRU As Of 1 Nov

Tue Aug 14, 2012 3:34 pm

I might be wrong, but doesn't ceasing the activities and managing everything from the London office mean that the flights will continue, but without the support of a local back office.

Never mind, I just read the Standard article confirming the cancellation of their flights.

[Edited 2012-08-14 08:39:58]
 
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RE: AA To Cease Activities At BRU As Of 1 Nov

Tue Aug 14, 2012 3:41 pm

Quoting Mrv85 (Reply 5):

Well a loss of ops jobs would certainly seem to indicate service is stopping.

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RE: AA To Cease Activities At BRU As Of 1 Nov

Tue Aug 14, 2012 3:42 pm

Quoting Mrv85 (Reply 5):

More details now on the site: no more flights JFKBRU, in light of "performance, market forecasts and trends".
Management out of London is meant with regards to the phasing-out.
 
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RE: AA To Cease Activities At BRU As Of 1 Nov

Tue Aug 14, 2012 3:43 pm

Quoting Longhornmaniac (Reply 6):
Well a loss of ops jobs would certainly seem to indicate service is stopping.

Haha, yeah that's true, however, they could, in theory, outsource it (which they won't since they will stop their service).
 
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RE: AA To Cease Activities At BRU As Of 1 Nov

Tue Aug 14, 2012 3:45 pm

In Galileo, all BRU-JFK flights are 0 in all classes from 6th Nov. on.
Sad news, but not really unexpected.
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RE: AA To Cease Activities At BRU As Of 1 Nov

Tue Aug 14, 2012 3:48 pm

What the heck is happening to AA in Europe????

Down to 2? destinations from ORD.

Their brand new Euro gateway at JFK down to a handful of cities.
 
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RE: AA To Cease Activities At BRU As Of 1 Nov

Tue Aug 14, 2012 3:48 pm

Quoting 330lover (Reply 9):
Sad news, but not really unexpected

Sad news indeed. Does this leave Brussel with UA as the sole US airline?
This news does not really bode well for my hopes of AA serviceing AMS.
 
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Tue Aug 14, 2012 3:49 pm

Quoting jfklganyc (Reply 10):
Down to 2? destinations from ORD.

Not quite. ORD has LHR, CDG, MAN and seasonal DUB, HEL, and FCO.
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RE: AA To Cease Activities At BRU As Of 1 Nov

Tue Aug 14, 2012 3:52 pm

AA is really retreating from global carrier status with moves such as this. They do not serve Africa, the Middle East or Australia and have a small presence in Asia. Their European networking is increasingly becoming little more than a high frequency LHR shuttle service. MIA and their Latin American network is the only part of the world where they are dominant and soon they will have LatAm to contend with (or codeshare with). I hope AA sorts things out.
 
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RE: AA To Cease Activities At BRU As Of 1 Nov

Tue Aug 14, 2012 4:00 pm

Quoting Mrv85 (Reply 11):
Does this leave Brussel with UA as the sole US airline?

Delta flies there.
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RE: AA To Cease Activities At BRU As Of 1 Nov

Tue Aug 14, 2012 4:08 pm

Like AA has a really strong European network to begin with...out of all the US majors, theirs is by far the worst.
 
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RE: AA To Cease Activities At BRU As Of 1 Nov

Tue Aug 14, 2012 4:08 pm

Quoting Mrv85 (Reply 11):
This news does not really bode well for my hopes of AA serviceing AMS.

Slim chances of this happening anytime soon. No way in hell AA will go up against KLM from any of their cornerstone hubs at the moment.

Quoting ROSWELL41 (Reply 13):

AA is really retreating from global carrier status with moves such as this. They do not serve Africa, the Middle East or Australia and have a small presence in Asia. Their European networking is increasingly becoming little more than a high frequency LHR shuttle service. MIA and their Latin American network is the only part of the world where they are dominant and soon they will have LatAm to contend with (or codeshare with). I hope AA sorts things out.

I agree completely. It's not an impressive situation.
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RE: AA To Cease Activities At BRU As Of 1 Nov

Tue Aug 14, 2012 4:09 pm

Quoting stlgph (Reply 14):

Delta (ATL) and US Airways (PHL), next to UA
non-US: 9W and SN.
 
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RE: AA To Cease Activities At BRU As Of 1 Nov

Tue Aug 14, 2012 4:09 pm

Quoting stlgph (Reply 14):

Delta flies there.

And USAirways
 
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Tue Aug 14, 2012 4:11 pm



Quoting edoca (Reply 17):
Delta (ATL) and US Airways (PHL), next to UA

Delta also flies to JFK (DL 140/DL 141).

[Edited 2012-08-14 09:13:43]
 
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RE: AA To Cease Activities At BRU As Of 1 Nov

Tue Aug 14, 2012 4:15 pm

So AA had 33 people on their payroll for Sales and Ops for just one single daily flight? This sounds like an awful lot.

I am sorry for the people losing their jobs in BRU.
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RE: AA To Cease Activities At BRU As Of 1 Nov

Tue Aug 14, 2012 4:38 pm

If AA needs 33 staff at a station with just one daily flight, its no wonder they cannot make it work.

I dont get the US airline thing of opening an elaborate station for every daily flight to Europe. Outsource it, and have a small managerial presence to oversee it.
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RE: AA To Cease Activities At BRU As Of 1 Nov

Tue Aug 14, 2012 4:47 pm

I did YEG-ORD-BRU and return back in 2000. and I recall how both outbound and inbound flights were overbooked. Wow...Hard to believe where AA is at these days.
 
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RE: AA To Cease Activities At BRU As Of 1 Nov

Tue Aug 14, 2012 4:53 pm

ORD-BRU on AA was once operated by a 772. I believe until its termination, it was one of AA's oldest European routes. Hard to believe they have gone from that to closing the station in BRU.
 
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Tue Aug 14, 2012 5:02 pm

I'm quite shocked by this. I find it hard to believe that AA can't make money in high yielding BRU when UA serves ORD, EWR, and IAD all from there.

Although considering AA flies a 757 to JFK, and UA flies a 3-class 777 to EWR, that might say a lot about how AA is performing in the market.
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RE: AA To Cease Activities At BRU As Of 1 Nov

Tue Aug 14, 2012 5:08 pm

WOW! They can't even make BRU work with a daily 757 out of JFK? Oh Oh AA...

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RE: AA To Cease Activities At BRU As Of 1 Nov

Tue Aug 14, 2012 5:27 pm

Quoting pesit4a (Reply 21):
If AA needs 33 staff at a station with just one daily flight, its no wonder they cannot make it work.

I dont get the US airline thing of opening an elaborate station for every daily flight to Europe. Outsource it, and have a small managerial presence to oversee it.

First of all, I suspect that is is not as easy in Europe to sack people and outsource them as it is in the USA and Asia. I am not so sure the number of staff is that outrageous. Many of the 33 are probably part time. The outsourced staff know and care little about the airline they are serving so whinging elites need to be handled by airline staff. For the one flight, AA probably needs at least two staff at check in (1 for elites and 1 for everyone else), 1 at the gate, and 1 for baggage and ramp, perhaps another for cargo. They probably need at least three at every position to support daily flights to cover days off, vacations and turnover. To be safe and considering European work rules, they probably need four for every position, so that could be 20 people right there. Add sales, ticketing staff and management and that could easily get to 33.
 
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RE: AA To Cease Activities At BRU As Of 1 Nov

Tue Aug 14, 2012 5:31 pm

Quoting pesit4a (Reply 21):
I dont get the US airline thing of opening an elaborate station for every daily flight to Europe.

I think AA's size in BRU is likely due to historical reasons. It used to be the largest North American carrier in town, did most of its operations in-house and had a sales office in some of the priciest real estate. It used to have a bigger staff than it does now, but for any corporation, it is far easier to hire than to fire.

What did it in isn't the size of its staff, but BRU becoming a strong secondary Star hub. While AA was cutting back, DL did so too, although not as drastically, and on the other hand, AC, UA and US kept growing...

Besides, AA will be back at BRU as soon as they agree to be bought by US!

Quoting tommy767 (Reply 24):
Although considering AA flies a 757 to JFK
SN's new flight to JFK has a load factor close to 80%, a higher proportion of O/D passengers than expected, and its premium cabin is better than AA's. This might tell us why even a 757 doesn't cut it anymore.

[Edited 2012-08-14 10:36:27]
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Tue Aug 14, 2012 5:41 pm

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RE: AA To Cease Activities At BRU As Of 1 Nov

Tue Aug 14, 2012 5:59 pm

I think from an emotional perspective, closing BRU sucks. However, from a business point of view BRU is Star territory so it's really no surprise.

Also with AA and BA in cooperation, you can't really compare what's happening at AA now with what happened to Pan Am. When PA left markets in their downsizing, they were done. When AA leaves the market, they're really just utilizing their resources in different ways and taking full advantage of BA's extensive European network.
 
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Tue Aug 14, 2012 6:03 pm

Quoting PHX787 (Reply 28):
The boys here in Tempe and those who want US to retain its name are beginning to believe the same

If thats the case, I hope Tempe is ready for an office vacancy rate increase.
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RE: AA To Cease Activities At BRU As Of 1 Nov

Tue Aug 14, 2012 6:03 pm

Quoting tommy767 (Reply 24):
I'm quite shocked by this. I find it hard to believe that AA can't make money in high yielding BRU when UA serves ORD, EWR, and IAD all from there.

I'm not certain the revenue status, but I've flown through BRU to connect on SN a few times on both UA and US and I was only able to get an upgrade on Y/B fares, albeit as a lowly Star Gold with UA, one time. The flight was always packed up front and that was out of PHL and IAD during the winter. So, there is a premium market, at least in my experience; which makes it all the more shocking that AA can't make this flight work out of JFK.

Quoting ROSWELL41 (Reply 13):
Their European networking is increasingly becoming little more than a high frequency LHR shuttle service.

AA174 from RDU to LHR, I would posit, is clear evidence of this statement. Aside from limited operations at FCO, MXP, FRA and ZRH, LHR are CDG are the only remaining AA European destinations which see flights from the majority of hubs. Sad to see as I've had some pleasant experience with AA both on their domestic and trans-pacific flights.
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RE: AA To Cease Activities At BRU As Of 1 Nov

Tue Aug 14, 2012 6:05 pm

"Not quite. ORD has LHR, CDG, MAN and seasonal DUB, HEL, and FCO."

There was a thread a few weeks back about DUB, HEL, and FCO not being "loaded"

http://www.aa.com/i18n/agency/Travel...hedule_Change_Exception_Policy.jsp

It looks like DUB is coming back from ORD. FCO and HEL show no resumption. FCO is resuming from JFK.

As of now...

[Edited 2012-08-14 11:10:23]
 
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RE: AA To Cease Activities At BRU As Of 1 Nov

Tue Aug 14, 2012 6:08 pm

Quoting LAXdude1023 (Reply 30):
If thats the case, I hope Tempe is ready for an office vacancy rate increase.

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RE: AA To Cease Activities At BRU As Of 1 Nov

Tue Aug 14, 2012 6:08 pm

Quoting seatback (Reply 29):
I think from an emotional perspective, closing BRU sucks. However, from a business point of view BRU is Star territory so it's really no surprise.

Sadly, I'm getting used to these AA announcements now. I wish AA would be able to announce new non-Latin America destinations. That being said, I'm not sure I completely agree with your statement though. If AA was closing stations because of Star (or even Skyteam territory), and coupled with them not being able to make BRU work, then AA should be closing these far-weaker stations:

FCO (AZ territory)
CDG (AF territory)
FRA (LH territory--although from AA's moves already, it looks like they are practically conceding FRA already)
ZRH (LX territory)

As an AA elite, it's disappointing AA is trying to route me onto BA in order to get practically anywhere in Europe (other than LHR), especially considering 1) BA's "fuel surcharges" are unbelievably outrageous, and 2) BA doesn't recognize SWUs. I'm sticking with AA, but it's getting harder and harder.
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RE: AA To Cease Activities At BRU As Of 1 Nov

Tue Aug 14, 2012 6:10 pm

Quoting seatback (Reply 29):
However, from a business point of view BRU is Star territory so it's really no surprise.

someone remind UA that their 7 daily flights to HKG makes no business sense too .... according to this logic
 
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RE: AA To Cease Activities At BRU As Of 1 Nov

Tue Aug 14, 2012 6:13 pm

Would it be safe to assume that when AA starts taking deliveries of 787s, we will see a major push back into Europe?

For the sake of argument, AA is going to get a contract with its pilots. Either the judge will impose one tomorrow under Section 1113, or AA and APA will come up with another T/A that gets approved by the rank and file. That's assuming that the judge doesn't grant AA's 1113 motion, or both sides decide that a negotiated agreement will reduce the chances of pilots calling in sick in huge numbers.

IIRC, AA gets its first 787 in 2014, and it has 42 planes that become firm orders with a pilot contract.

Obviously, some of the 763s are going to be retired. The oldest planes are nearing 20 years of service. But, AA has 10 or so that were ordered after the TWA merger.

And let's face it, Europe is a basket case. While fly a lot of non-stops that may not do well, when AA and BA can ferry people to LHR for a connection.

When the economy starts to rebound in Europe, we will see more business travel going both ways, as well as more tourists coming to the U.S.
 
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RE: AA To Cease Activities At BRU As Of 1 Nov

Tue Aug 14, 2012 6:21 pm

Quoting tommy767 (Reply 24):
Although considering AA flies a 757 to JFK, and UA flies a 3-class 777 to EWR, that might say a lot about how AA is performing in the market.

As well as how much traffic UA is feeding to SN en route to Europe, the Middle East and Africa. EWR-BRU was one of the first s-CO flights swapped to a 3-cabin 777 after the merger.
 
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RE: AA To Cease Activities At BRU As Of 1 Nov

Tue Aug 14, 2012 6:28 pm

Quoting ckfred (Reply 36):
And let's face it, Europe is a basket case. While fly a lot of non-stops that may not do well, when AA and BA can ferry people to LHR for a connection.

When the economy starts to rebound in Europe, we will see more business travel going both ways, as well as more tourists coming to the U.S.

This is exactly my point, or the point I should have made.

For now, expect Europe flying to be only what making money and letting BA do the heavy lifting. Once new airplanes come online and both US/Europe economies improve, I would hope we'd see a significant push back into Europe.

For the sake of interest, I'd love to know if UA, US and DL are making any money flying to european destinations that are not connected to their alliance partners.
 
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Tue Aug 14, 2012 6:30 pm

Quoting ckfred (Reply 36):
And let's face it, Europe is a basket case. While fly a lot of non-stops that may not do well, when AA and BA can ferry people to LHR for a connection.

I would guess that the economy is the primary reason behind this. Read between the lines in the WSJ and on CNBC and other business websites..there is a lot of fragility in the Euro zone..wise move is to re-deply assets to where you can make more money. Simple Economics.
 
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RE: AA To Cease Activities At BRU As Of 1 Nov

Tue Aug 14, 2012 6:33 pm

Quoting seatback (Reply 29):
I think from an emotional perspective, closing BRU sucks. However, from a business point of view BRU is Star territory so it's really no surprise.
Quoting seatback (Reply 29):
When AA leaves the market, they're really just utilizing their resources in different ways and taking full advantage of BA's extensive European network.

I'm sorry, but I'm just going to openly state here that I am not willing to buy that argument any longer. We may have to just agree to disagree on that one.

In the past, I've always been willing to contend with AA's same old spin story rationalizing their decision to pull out of certain markets. In previous scenarios, the conditions you've stated above are applicable and rational (i.e. DEL).

But abandoning a market like BRU is beyond unbelievable. I think it just shows further signs of cracks in AA's overall network strategy (i.e. piling all their eggs into one basket and leaving the rest up to partner airlines) and a real lack of focus in terms of knowing how to defend their market share against the competition (neglecting to upgrade their product offering and falling behind the times).

Decisions like these will really come back to bite AA in the end. Call me cynical, but I'd really love to know where they are going to send all their brand new widebody planes if they keep on reducing their network abroad.

Quoting jfklganyc (Reply 32):
There was a thread a few weeks back about DUB, HEL, and FCO not being "loaded"

http://www.aa.com/i18n/agency/Travel...hedule_Change_Exception_Policy.jsp

While I'd be surprised to see FCO cut, HEL and DUB seem to be in some danger

Yes, but that was a rumor that turned out to be incorrect. The flights were loaded over the weekend and both ORDHEL and ORDFCO are now bookable for S13

Chicago – Helsinki eff 13JUN13
AA130 ORD1535 – 0830+1HEL 763 D
AA131 HEL1410 – 1535ORD 763 D

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AA110 ORD1700 – 0925+1FCO 763 D
AA111 FCO1115 – 1505ORD 763 D
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RE: AA To Cease Activities At BRU As Of 1 Nov

Tue Aug 14, 2012 6:36 pm

Quoting AADC10 (Reply 26):

It's not that difficult to sack people in Europe!

You dont need check in staff. You dont need bag people. You dont need ramp.

For a daily flight, you need a handling agent, and a small team of duty
Managers to ensure standards are met.
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Tue Aug 14, 2012 6:38 pm

Quoting jfklganyc (Reply 32):
It looks like DUB is coming back from ORD. FCO and HEL show no resumption. FCO is resuming from JFK.

ORD-HEL and ORD-FCO are loaded again for next summer.
 
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Tue Aug 14, 2012 6:43 pm

Quoting pesit4a (Reply 41):
It's not that difficult to sack people in Europe!

You dont need check in staff. You dont need bag people. You dont need ramp.

For a daily flight, you need a handling agent, and a small team of duty
Managers to ensure standards are met.

AA used to have quite a large operation in BRU. In fact just as recently as 2-3 years ago you had a 777 and 767 in BRU. This then converted to 777 and 757 then 767 & 757. Then ORD went and BRU was left with the 757 to JFK.

Before SN got bought up by LH, they were AA's main partner in Europe (including pretty much code-shares to all SN destinations in Europe).

In fact, AA's checkin counter for connecting passengers, was sizably larger than their check-in counters airside.

If AA were to start again now (going for a daily flight), I'm sure you would have a station manager and not much more behind that.
 
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Tue Aug 14, 2012 6:50 pm

Quoting runway23 (Reply 43):
AA used to have quite a large operation in BRU. In fact just as recently as 2-3 years ago you had a 777 and 767 in BRU. This then converted to 777 and 757 then 767 & 757. Then ORD went and BRU was left with the 757 to JFK.

A bit O.T. but I see a lot of similarities with UA in AMS, used to be 767s en 777s as well and is now down to 767s and 757s.
 
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Tue Aug 14, 2012 6:51 pm

Quoting pesit4a (Reply 41):
You dont need check in staff. You dont need bag people. You dont need ramp.

This is so true. HEL has seasonal, daily flight and zero AA local staff for the flight; sales in handled by general sales agent and airport operations outsourced to Northport (AY) and Swissport. A station manager from other AA station is overseeing the operations.
 
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RE: AA To Cease Activities At BRU As Of 1 Nov

Tue Aug 14, 2012 6:58 pm

Quoting ROSWELL41 (Reply 23):
I believe until its termination, it was one of AA's oldest European routes.

Not sure when ORD service started, but I flew AA BRU-JFK on a 3-class 762 in the winter of 1986 or '87. I kept hoping they'd open AMS, but that was never to be.
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RE: AA To Cease Activities At BRU As Of 1 Nov

Tue Aug 14, 2012 7:10 pm

Quoting IrishAyes (Reply 40):
I'm sorry, but I'm just going to openly state here that I am not willing to buy that argument any longer. We may have to just agree to disagree on that one.

In the past, I've always been willing to contend with AA's same old spin story rationalizing their decision to pull out of certain markets. In previous scenarios, the conditions you've stated above are applicable and rational (i.e. DEL).

But abandoning a market like BRU is beyond unbelievable. I think it just shows further signs of cracks in AA's overall network strategy (i.e. piling all their eggs into one basket and leaving the rest up to partner airlines) and a real lack of focus in terms of knowing how to defend their market share against the competition (neglecting to upgrade their product offering and falling behind the times).

I generally agree with the sentiments that you've expressed. It's frustrating to me to see AA making moves like this, but here's how I'm thinking about it.

AA has a delicate financial situation anyway, and the European economic crisis compounds that situation. I'd venture to guess that most AA traffic into BRU is O&D (can anyone confirm or deny?) based on the fact that they really only can count on BA for onward flights, and that would already be a backtrack. Compare that to the fact that *A has SN, which provides tons of connections via BRU, namely to Africa, and I think it's safe to say that BRU is more or less a *A stronghold.

I am surprised that AA hasn't been able to make JFK-BRU work with a 757, but in a way I think I shouldn't be. UA/US/SN get the Star feed into BRU from their various origins, DL makes it work with their ex-TWA 757s, which have IFE and a better hard product throughout, especially in Y, and 9W also flies through, also with a better hard product, I believe.

But AA is upgrading their product, both domestically and internationally, and it can't come soon enough. They're definitely behind the curve, but I think that once the new product deploys, they will again be competitive. I think that AA is just in this awkward transition period, with their bankruptcy, outdated product, and world economic crisis. Hopefully as things start to shape up again, AA will as well.

Quoting IrishAyes (Reply 40):
Decisions like these will really come back to bite AA in the end. Call me cynical, but I'd really love to know where they are going to send all their brand new widebody planes if they keep on reducing their network abroad.

The 773s will be deployed on LHR/GRU routes, where AA sees a lot of traffic, and, presumably, makes a lot of money.
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RE: AA To Cease Activities At BRU As Of 1 Nov

Tue Aug 14, 2012 7:15 pm

It is unlikely but not impossible that American will resume flying to BRU sometimes in the future. It depends on who gets what, and who looses what. You never know from one day to the next day what can happen in this industry. It is obvious that Star Alliance is ruling BRU, fortunately for those who like Star Alliance, but unfortunately for me. However, Delta, still survives in BRU.

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RE: AA To Cease Activities At BRU As Of 1 Nov

Tue Aug 14, 2012 7:16 pm

Looks like AA is content funneling all of their European traffic through LHR and letting BA do all the onward connections from there.