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Will AA/US Move Their TLV Flights From PHL To JFK.

Tue May 21, 2013 4:44 am

Pre-Merger AA was the only US airliner that did not have service to TLV because of their dispute with former TWA employees who were not paid their pensions by TWA/AA.

To say the least AA will have to rectify the situation before they can fly there again.


Once everything is settled, I feel that AA/US will be much more better off moving their TLV flights from PHL to JFK. The New York area has a very large Jewish population and they can easily compete with DL, UA and EY.

As proven in the past New York is the best place for flights to Tel Aviv. For example, JFK-TLV and ATL-TLV (discontinued).

Overall, AA/US will more than likely de-hub PHL a little bit to make JFK T8 a OneWorld Powerhouse.
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RE: Will AA/US Move Their TLV Flights From PHL To JFK.

Tue May 21, 2013 5:27 am

Quoting staralliance85 (Thread starter):

Overall, AA/US will more than likely de-hub PHL a little bit to make JFK T8 a OneWorld Powerhouse.

Not unless they can create new slots, and lots of them. AA's JFK operation handles about 90 flights a day, US at PHL is probably above 400.
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RE: Will AA/US Move Their TLV Flights From PHL To JFK.

Tue May 21, 2013 5:34 am

Quoting staralliance85 (Thread starter):
Once everything is settled, I feel that AA/US will be much more better off moving their TLV flights from PHL to JFK. The New York area has a very large Jewish population and they can easily compete with DL, UA and EY.

As proven in the past New York is the best place for flights to Tel Aviv. For example, JFK-TLV and ATL-TLV (discontinued).

Please explain how the new airline is supposed to capture connecting traffic at JFK.

PHL-TLV will remain as PHL is better suited for connections. If and when AA starts TLV service from JFK, it will be to capture O&D traffic.
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Tue May 21, 2013 5:34 am

Quoting STT757 (Reply 1):
Not unless they can create new slots, and lots of them. AA's JFK operation handles about 90 flights a day, US at PHL is probably above 400.

Seriously, this again?

JFK is not slot constrained outside of peak, and AA is indeed squatting on a large number of peak slots being used for domestic flying.

AA can probably grow JFK to a 140-160 daily flight operation if it choses, but I don't see that happening. Slots aren't stopping it, though.
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RE: Will AA/US Move Their TLV Flights From PHL To JFK.

Tue May 21, 2013 7:06 am

Quoting Byrdluvs747 (Reply 2):
Please explain how the new airline is supposed to capture connecting traffic at JFK.

PHL-TLV will remain as PHL is better suited for connections. If and when AA starts TLV service from JFK, it will be to capture O&D traffic.

While I know that there is a significant portion of TLV bound traffic from other US cities, New York makes up a very large percentage of the traffic. While I'm sure that there is some traffic that leaks to PHL, I would wager that most of the New York traffic to TLV will simply go nonstop or via Europe.

AA does not need 400 flights a day at JFK to fill a flight to TLV. The most important cities to offer connections to and from would be MIA and LAX. AA already has flights that arrive at 7:30pm or later from both cities flights and the most popular time for departures to TLV is generally 10-12pm. The return flight could leave during the late night bank from TLV and arrive early morning to JFK, allowing for early morning connections to both LAX and MIA. I believe that if AA would like to serve TLV from JFK, they are more than capable of doing so.

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Tue May 21, 2013 7:32 am

What if AA flew JFK-TLV & PHL-TLV!?   
 
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Tue May 21, 2013 11:42 am

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What if AA flew JFK-TLV & PHL-TLV!?

Probably what would more likely happen IMHO. The PHL-TLV does extremely well for US without tapping the NYC market. I don't see this flight going anywhere unless the TWA situation impacts the airline after the merger.

Quoting staralliance85 (Thread starter):
Overall, AA/US will more than likely de-hub PHL a little bit to make JFK T8 a OneWorld Powerhouse.

Not going to happen. JFK and PHL will be two seperate hubs utilized differently. Also, with Qatar coming to PHL, we'll most likely see PHL get beefed-up with more of a OneWorld presence rather than de-hubbed.
 
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Tue May 21, 2013 12:23 pm

Quoting boberito6589 (Reply 5):

that was my first thought as well. Keep PHL for connex and JFK for O&D
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Tue May 21, 2013 2:45 pm

Quoting cjpmaestro (Reply 6):
Probably what would more likely happen IMHO. The PHL-TLV does extremely well for US without tapping the NYC market. I don't see this flight going anywhere unless the TWA situation impacts the airline after the merger.

PHL to Israel does well, why fix what works ? Southern New Jersey probably fills lots of the plane since Newark has so many flights to Tel Aviv too. With United at Newark and El AL at JFK, its a well covered market.
 
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RE: Will AA/US Move Their TLV Flights From PHL To JFK.

Tue May 21, 2013 3:21 pm

Quoting staralliance85 (Thread starter):
Overall, AA/US will more than likely de-hub PHL

Not a chance at all that this happens.

Believe it or not, there is life in the United States outside of NYC.

Quoting boberito6589 (Reply 5):
What if AA flew JFK-TLV & PHL-TLV!?

Now, this I could see happening. However, NYC already has a lot of lift to TLV: four flights from JFK by DL and LY, and three from EWR by UA and LY.
 
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RE: Will AA/US Move Their TLV Flights From PHL To JFK.

Tue May 21, 2013 4:17 pm

Quoting Byrdluvs747 (Reply 2):
PHL-TLV will remain as PHL is better suited for connections. If and when AA starts TLV service from JFK, it will be to capture O&D traffic.

I am sorry if this has been covered elsewhere, but how many markets are served by US out of PHL vs those served by AA out of JFK. My guess is that Philly offers more connection.
 
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RE: Will AA/US Move Their TLV Flights From PHL To JFK.

Tue May 21, 2013 6:13 pm

Quoting staralliance85 (Thread starter):
To say the least AA will have to rectify the situation before they can fly there again.

Will they or can they? It is not a foregone conclusion. AMR's liability may be millions of dollars with interest and penalties by now and Israel clearly will not let them off the hook through a merger or Ch. 11 so they may decide it is just not worth flying there as it could take a decade before they can generate enough profit to make up for the payments. TLV is obviously not big enough for more than a handful of routes from the USA so it is probably not hugely profitable.
 
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RE: Will AA/US Move Their TLV Flights From PHL To JFK.

Tue May 21, 2013 6:45 pm

Quoting AADC10 (Reply 11):
Quoting staralliance85 (Thread starter):
To say the least AA will have to rectify the situation before they can fly there again.

Will they or can they? It is not a foregone conclusion. AMR's liability may be millions of dollars with interest and penalties by now and Israel clearly will not let them off the hook through a merger or Ch. 11

How do we know this?

Has Israel made any comments at all on this topic since merger speculation began?
 
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RE: Will AA/US Move Their TLV Flights From PHL To JFK.

Tue May 21, 2013 7:24 pm

Quoting staralliance85 (Thread starter):

Always a good idea to cut something that makes money and move it to a city that has 3 other carriers and a ton of capacity on the route. (well....That does kinda seem like something AA likes to do.)

Quoting Mah4546 (Reply 3):
Seriously, this again?

Seriously, not reading what he said again?
He said the PHL hub can't be moved to JFK.....it can't.

Quoting Mah4546 (Reply 3):
but I don't see that happening

Ah I don't see why not, I thought it would be a good idea to fly a bunch of flights a non-peak times.  

Come on, AA is going to take over the world remember?

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Ch. 11

Yeah that happens to everyone. Any debt any US airline has had outside of the US doesn't get to go away. BK only works inside the country.
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RE: Will AA/US Move Their TLV Flights From PHL To JFK.

Tue May 21, 2013 7:50 pm

Quoting staralliance85 (Thread starter):
Once everything is settled, I feel that AA/US will be much more better off moving their TLV flights from PHL to JFK. The New York area has a very large Jewish population and they can easily compete with DL, UA and EY.


As proven in the past New York is the best place for flights to Tel Aviv. For example, JFK-TLV and ATL-TLV (discontinued).

The New York area does have a very large Jewish population but PHL is easily able to handle a daily flight to TLV. As for the JFK/ATL example, DL ran JFK-TLV for three months in '01, started ATL-TLV in '05, started JFK-TLV in '08 and then cancelled ATL-TLV in '11. Hardly evidence that NYC is the only place that works to TLV.

Quoting staralliance85 (Thread starter):
Overall, AA/US will more than likely de-hub PHL a little bit to make JFK T8 a OneWorld Powerhouse.

Not going to happen. What good does a T8 OW powerhouse do without domestic connections? Connect Europe with Asia?

Quoting 802flyguy (Reply 10):
I am sorry if this has been covered elsewhere, but how many markets are served by US out of PHL vs those served by AA out of JFK. My guess is that Philly offers more connection.

US at PHL serve 218 destinations non-stop while AA at JFK serve 49.

US serves 15 destinations in Europe from PHL while AA serves 9. US has 8 European destinations from PHL that AA doesn't serve from JFK and AA has 2 destinations from JFK that aren't served by US from PHL.

For comparison DL serves 62 destinations from JFK and 20 European destinations.
 
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Tue May 21, 2013 8:26 pm

Quoting Mah4546 (Reply 3):
JFK is not slot constrained outside of peak, and AA is indeed squatting on a large number of peak slots being used for domestic flying

They're available at those times for a reason (they're undesirable/uncompetitive/not viable) correct, otherwise AA, B6 or DL would have been all over them a while ago.
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Tue May 21, 2013 10:57 pm

Quoting staralliance85 (Thread starter):
Overall, AA/US will more than likely de-hub PHL a little bit to make JFK T8 a OneWorld Powerhouse.

I continue to be fascinated by this theory that somehow AA could "de-hub" PHL and shift this capacity to JFK, even if it wanted to. It can't! JFK can never replicate PHL. It simply cannot happen. JFK is too capacity-constrained, and too competitive, a market. JFK, and NYC in general, is a great market, and one that will figure quite prominently for AA post-merger (the combined airline will have about 300 daily departures in the region). But JFK can never serve as a true megahub in the way PHL can. It caters to a huge and extremely high-yielding local market, which is what AA can focus on - leaving the hub connectivity primarily to PHL.

Quoting boberito6589 (Reply 5):
What if AA flew JFK-TLV & PHL-TLV!?
Quoting cjpmaestro (Reply 6):
Probably what would more likely happen IMHO.

  

This what I expect will happen. AA will work out whatever needs to be worked out in Israel, and AA will not only continue the PHL-TLV flights, but add a JFK-TLV flight alongside. Both markets should work. PHL is a decent local market and offers huge connectivity, while JFK is obviously a massive O&D market. AA should be able to do well in both markets.
 
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Wed May 22, 2013 7:10 pm

Quoting max550 (Reply 14):
As for the JFK/ATL example, DL ran JFK-TLV for three months in '01, started ATL-TLV in '05, started JFK-TLV in '08 and then cancelled ATL-TLV in '11. Hardly evidence that NYC is the only place that works to TLV.

True that! Just because DL dropped ATL-TLV doesn't mean that it was an entirely unsuccessful route. It was simply a matter of them finding a more profitable way to utilize the 1.5 777s in a high fuel price environment, and they could cancel the route without losing the most valuable clientele, most of which could be accommodated by the JFK-TLV flight.
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Thu May 23, 2013 1:17 am

Just wanted to mention that the Israeli courts have yet to weigh in on the issue in the context of the merger yet. Anything could happen but I wonder if the end result would be that they'll let the merged company retain the current PHL-TLV service but they would not be allowed to add any new routes to TLV or change the origination from PHL unless they work out some deal with the former TWA staff over there.
 
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Thu May 23, 2013 1:46 am

Quoting max550 (Reply 14):
US serves 15 destinations in Europe from PHL while AA serves 9. US has 8 European destinations from PHL that AA doesn't serve from JFK and AA has 2 destinations from JFK that aren't served by US from PHL.

This is what I am thinking here:

Whatever connecting traffic there is at JFK will be re-routed through PHL. Apparently, there is some domestic connectivity going on at JFK. JFK, however, will see more int'l O&D city pairs opening up.

Both will be major gateways to Europe, with JFK being the larger of the two (maybe).

In terms of daily departures, PHL will be a primary hub while JFK will be a 2ndary one while most of the flights at JFK will be international...
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RE: Will AA/US Move Their TLV Flights From PHL To JFK.

Thu May 23, 2013 3:19 am

Quoting steeler83 (Reply 19):
In terms of daily departures, PHL will be a primary hub while JFK will be a 2ndary one while most of the flights at JFK will be international...

Interesting.

So what of the AA domestic network out of JFK:

BOS 4x
DCA 6x
BWI 1x
RDU 4x
ORF 1x
CLE 1x
PIT 1x
CVG 1x
CLT 5x US
MCO 2x
FLL 1x seasonal
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DFW 1x
IAH 1x
SJU 4x
STT 1x
PHX 4x US
LAS 2x
SEA 1x
LAX 9x
SFO 4x
SAN 1x

64 domestic flights including US. 53 without US. And I may be missing a few cities...this is just off the top of my head.

They fly around 90 flights per day (100 with US). That's a 60/40 split.

How much can that ratio change? How many more international routes can be started?

Also, some feed has to stay there to fill some of the seats.

I can see AA leaving JFK altogether. Or I can see them building upon what they have.

I do not see the ratio of domestic/international changing very much in terms of flights
 
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Thu May 23, 2013 8:47 am

64 domestic flights, yes - but many are just 1x. Not reasonable to operate an intl' gateway that way.
 
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Thu May 23, 2013 11:40 am

Quoting steeler83 (Reply 19):
Both will be major gateways to Europe, with JFK being the larger of the two (maybe).

I certainly see the value of the JFK TA international gateway with exponentially more O&D than PHL. Though JFK faces exponentially more competition than PHL. How many TA routes has AA tried from JFK that haven't worked and were ultimately cancelled?

If AA/US really only build JFK into a ~150/day operation that isn't a ton of additional connections flowing through than there currenty are. AA/US may certainly be able to move some TA flts from PHL to JFK, however I don't think that many routes can simply be moved from PHL to JFK and expected to be stellar performers from JFK in the competitive market. Once again this assumes JFK is at no more than 150 flts/day
 
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Thu May 23, 2013 12:25 pm

Quoting flybaby (Reply 21):
64 domestic flights, yes - but many are just 1x. Not reasonable to operate an intl' gateway that way.

Actually, it works well. They are timed to connect with the TA bank.

Delta has been doing the same thing across the field for 20 years...except they use 2 afternoon banks. They also have a morning bank...but thats serves another purpose.
 
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Thu May 23, 2013 4:10 pm

Quoting D L X (Reply 9):
Believe it or not, there is life in the United States outside of NYC.

Hey now, stop that thinking right there! The other 310 million of us don't want to be found out.  
 
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Thu May 23, 2013 7:15 pm

Quoting steeler83 (Reply 19):
Whatever connecting traffic there is at JFK will be re-routed through PHL. Apparently, there is some domestic connectivity going on at JFK. JFK, however, will see more int'l O&D city pairs opening up.

Both will be major gateways to Europe, with JFK being the larger of the two (maybe).

In terms of daily departures, PHL will be a primary hub while JFK will be a 2ndary one while most of the flights at JFK will be international...

I mostly agree, but you can't just have international there. Lots of business is domestic.

Quoting flybaby (Reply 21):
64 domestic flights, yes - but many are just 1x. Not reasonable to operate an intl' gateway that way.

Right. I think routes like 1x FLL should be flowed across CLT as should most of the southeast leisure destinations. What catches my eye are the very low frequencies from major business markets that are outside the LGA perimeter - for example, 1x SEA, 1x IAH, maybe 1x SAN.

Quoting ouboy79 (Reply 24):
Hey now, stop that thinking right there! The other 310 million of us don't want to be found out.

Sadly, it's not uncommon for people in large metro areas to have those sentiments. Center-of-the-world mentality.
 
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Thu May 23, 2013 7:21 pm

Quoting flybaby (Reply 21):
64 domestic flights, yes - but many are just 1x. Not reasonable to operate an intl' gateway that way.

Most of the EU Intl' arrivals are before 10am and departures are after 6pm.....1x service from key cities works fine for that since the O&D is really funding the flights.

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Thu May 23, 2013 8:31 pm

Quoting HPRamper (Reply 25):
I mostly agree, but you can't just have international there. Lots of business is domestic.

Oh yeah, I know that. I think you'll have quite a few domestic flights as well as international. It will probably be a 50/50 split. I know someone above posted that it looks like a 60/40 currently. What I am saying is that most of the JFK flying will be O&D, while I think PHL will have most of the in'l connecting traffic.

I'm basing what I am saying off of speculation from around the forum; from people who seem to understand the airline industry better than I do.
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Thu May 23, 2013 8:57 pm

Quoting HPRamper (Reply 25):
Sadly, it's not uncommon for people in large metro areas to have those sentiments. Center-of-the-world mentality.

I think that's people in general being what's around them. I used to live in a small town in NE Georgia and most peoples' sphere of relevance spanned to the surrounding counties, and beyond that they were clueless. To most of them Vienna was just a sausage.
 
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Fri May 24, 2013 3:46 am

I fly ORD-TLV alot. I've connected in JFK with AA/LY and DL and flown US through PHL and various european/LY flight and of course AC via YYZ. JFK is simply a hassle to connect with and really does serve an O&D market, I'm hoping to see the TLV flight stay at PHL. PHL has a huge cargo and Jewish community to support the market and offers great connections to ORD,LAX and South Florida.
 
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Fri May 24, 2013 12:57 pm

Quoting luckyone (Reply 28):
To most of them Vienna was just a sausage.

You mean it's not?   
 
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Fri May 24, 2013 5:29 pm

Quoting jfklganyc (Reply 23):
Delta has been doing the same thing across the field for 20 years...except they use 2 afternoon banks. They also have a morning bank...but thats serves another purpose.

What is the purpose of DL's morning domestic bank at JFK?

Quoting HPRamper (Reply 25):
I think routes like 1x FLL should be flowed across CLT

Most New Yorkers who fly to FLL would avoid such an itinerary in droves. With B6, DL, UA@EWR, and probably other carriers flying nonstop NYC-FLL, AA would be shooting itself in the foot to force connections to SOFL.
 
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Fri May 24, 2013 5:50 pm

Quoting Deltal1011man (Reply 13):
Yeah that happens to everyone. Any debt any US airline has had outside of the US doesn't get to go away. BK only works inside the country.

I wonder if there isn't some way that the AMR estate in bankruptcy could be left to die with certain assets and obligations (such as the Israeli employee obligations) intact, while US buys only the parts of AMR it wants to survive. Icahn thought his TWA rights would survive any transaction as well, but AMR outmaneuvered him. Of course, it would still depend on Israel going along with the deal ... and they might not, despite what the lawyers say.

Quoting flybaby (Reply 21):
64 domestic flights, yes - but many are just 1x. Not reasonable to operate an intl' gateway that
way.

But isn't the existing int'l 'gateway' precisely why those 1x's are operated? AMR can't be looking for O&D from them.
 
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Fri May 24, 2013 7:06 pm

Quoting STT757 (Reply 15):

They're available at those times for a reason (they're undesirable/uncompetitive/not viable) correct, otherwise AA, B6 or DL would have been all over them a while ago.

They are perfectly viable for expansion to South America and Asia.

Quoting Deltal1011man (Reply 13):
Come on, AA is going to take over the world remember?

Fortunately for AA, Delta was the guinea pig, found that serving every runway in Europe was a total financial disaster, and contracted significiantly. I thought it was a great strategy at the time; and so did others, but in hindsight, it doesn't work.

Quoting max550 (Reply 14):
The New York area does have a very large Jewish population but PHL is easily able to handle a daily flight to TLV.

With connections, sure. The O&D market on PHLTLV was less than 5,000 annual boardings before US started PHLTLV. Even with the stimulation that non-stop created, its still only around 35,000 annual boardings, which is on the weaker side for a market with non-stop service.

Quoting commavia (Reply 16):
This what I expect will happen. AA will work out whatever needs to be worked out in Israel, and AA will not only continue the PHL-TLV flights, but add a JFK-TLV flight alongside. Both markets should work. PHL is a decent local market and offers huge connectivity, while JFK is obviously a massive O&D market. AA should be able to do well in both markets.

That's redunant overlap; especially when MIATLV and ORDTLV are such significantly larger O&D market. New York, California and Florida account for 80% of Israel-U.S. traffic. The PHL connections to small markets are not needed.

PHLTLV isn't a decent local market at all - it's inflated by leakage from New Jersey. It's a tiny market that is closer to ~6 PDEW than ~45 PDEW the non-stop creates. And it's easy to steal that traffic and make the market seem significantly larger than it is, because US, like always, is the price leader.

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Fri May 24, 2013 9:03 pm

Quoting Mah4546 (Reply 33):

They are perfectly viable for expansion to South America and Asia.

I really don't see any Asian expansion from AA at JFK, they should instead focus Asian growth from LAX. And where else can they go in South America from JFK, maybe Lima. Definitely not Guayaquil or Quito
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Fri May 24, 2013 9:33 pm

Quoting Mah4546 (Reply 33):
I thought it was a great strategy at the time; and so did others, but in hindsight, it doesn't work.

With the cost and economic environment at that time, it worked. It only started falling apart when fuel prices shot up and Europe became an economic basket case.
 
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Sat May 25, 2013 12:08 am

Quoting STT757 (Reply 34):
they should instead focus Asian growth from LAX.

LAX-Asia is pretty much a blood bath in terms of competition.
 
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RE: Will AA/US Move Their TLV Flights From PHL To JFK.

Mon May 27, 2013 5:37 am

Quoting ORDTLV2414 (Reply 29):
I fly ORD-TLV alot. I've connected in JFK with AA/LY and DL and flown US through PHL and various european/LY flight and of course AC via YYZ. JFK is simply a hassle to connect with and really does serve an O&D market, I'm hoping to see the TLV flight stay at PHL. PHL has a huge cargo and Jewish community to support the market and offers great connections to ORD,LAX and South Florida.

There is also less capacity from ORD-JFK than there used to be. So, PHL/EWR/Europe are better options. ORD is also a bit of a "wild card" in this scenerio......not quite enough to have daily service......but too big of a market to be ignored, when it comes to Israel.
 
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RE: Will AA/US Move Their TLV Flights From PHL To JFK.

Mon May 27, 2013 4:21 pm

Quoting Mah4546 (Reply 33):

Fortunately for AA, Delta was the guinea pig, found that serving every runway in Europe was a total financial disaster, and contracted significiantly. I thought it was a great strategy at the time; and so did others, but in hindsight, it doesn't work.


While it might be easy to say that it didn't work, one has to dig deeper to determine why it didn't work. DL's European expansion worked well until the European economy started to go through its financial crisis. This is an external factor that DL cannot control. If South America went through a severe financial crisis of its own, don't you believe AA would contract its footprint in South America - or - do you believe they would continue to run its current schedule regardless of profitability?

When the European economy snaps back, DL will be fully capable and positioned to add back flights/routes as necessary.

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