|Quoting LipeGIG (Reply 13):|
With Central and South America being so profitable, why AM do not consider a more aggressive expansion ?
's approach in the past was profits oriented rather than growth/market share.
Now, the company's strategy is focusing more on load factor (at the expense of yield), thus with this move one can expect a more rapid or at least more noticeable expansion in the mid-term.
In the following interview, AM
's director for Southamerica summarizes operations in the region. Regarding GRU
, a double daily is planned by 2015; he didn't mention GIG
but I concur Rio should be started (soon):
|Quoting EddieDude (Reply 16):|
In terms of South American destinations, I could see in a few years GIG, CCS and SCL being served with 788s, BOG and LIM with a combo of 788s and 738MAX, UIO being served with 737MAX, and GRU and EZE with 789s. Intra-Latin American traffic should continue to grow at a healthy pace.
Widebody operations in markets such as LIM
are a logical step. Actually, CCS
is being operated with 767 daily as regular service:
FLGHT FRM DEP TO ARRV ACFT DRTN
AM694 MEX 0045 CCS 0715 767 5h00m
Once the 787 economics prove the business case, surely AM
will order a dozen more to serve also medium-haul markets.
BTW, I returned on AMX409 from JFK
on the N964AM a couple of weeks ago and I can tell the 788 is a big improvement over the 767. The flight was packed and Clase Premier
was sold out, so the airline can offer more seats with lower or at least similar operating costs.
[Edited 2013-11-15 16:11:31]