I make this judgement based on what I read recently about Delta's chances of succeeding on the Santiago,Chile and Atlanta route. In Airliners' Magazine, no one less than the President of Lan Chile questioned Delta's chances by arguing that based on their analysis of the market they just did not see anyone wanting to go to Atlanta from Chile
I have yet to read the latest issue of Airways, but with all due respect to the president of LanChile, he should study up on Delta's route structure. Atlanta's location makes it perfect for connections from almost the whole of the United States. The last numbers I saw showed 23% of South America bound passengers originating in the South Florida area. So it's not as though South Florida is the end all and be all of South America flights.
Second, consider the motives the chief executive of LanChile has in saying that. Delta is his competitor. Our alliance competes with theirs. So, naturally, he will say that.
At any rate, the numbers speak for themselves. Our SCL flights are running load factors in the high 80s, so I'd say we turn a tidy profit on these flights.
ATL-South America is working, and given UA's strong route structure at SFO, I'm sure SFO-South America would work as well.
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