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AA obviously has no commitment to ORD given the amount of $ they spend at MIA and JFK, while ORD doesn't get much except new RJs (but they are better than the 319).
When Parker was courting the unions to get on board with merging with US, he said that ORD
had been ignored by management and called it a mistake. He believed that UA
should both get a run for their money. What you're seeing now (i.e., more large RJs and no A319s) was the plan that was devised under Horton, and probably it was in the works, when the Airbus/Boeing order was placed in the summer of 2011, when Arpey was CEO.
Part of the issue goes back to the operations caps that the FAA imposed. That made DFW
the primary east-west hub, while ORD
became more focused on O&D and connections within the Midwest. DFW
had room to expand, especially when Terminal D opened, which gave AA
a lot more space.
Over time, I expect to see AA
to be more aggressive at ORD
built a nice terminal at JFK
, but it's not as large as envisioned, and I don't think it will be expanded for some time
Traditionally, the cost of daily operations and all capital projects at ORD
have been paid by landing fees, gate rentals, concessions, parking fees, and so on. Every mayor since Richard J. Daley has said repeatedly that no taxpayer money goes into the cost of running, expanding, and modernizing ORD
So, you have to get AA
on board for further expansion, since they are the primary tenants. They have balked at paying for a western terminal, since that would be used by competitors.
The original plan had T1 being UA
would be UA
/Star international. T3
would be AA
domestic. A new T4
would be AA
/Oneworld international. T5
would be for international not aligned with Star or Oneworld. A new T6
would be for all non AA
/US/codeshare domestic. So, at the time the plan was announced, it would have been DL
, and US. Today, it would be NK
, and anyone else who wanted to fly domestic out of ORD
I don't think 1, 3, or 6 would have customs and immigration under the original plan. But, this makes more sense than a western terminal, since linking the terminal for Terminals 1-5 and remote parking would present issues, as well as trying to move connecting bags, cargo, and mail.