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American Airlines Hub In Sea ?

Mon May 10, 1999 5:58 pm

Do you think American Airlines should start a new hub in Seattle ? They added new routes to Seattle from Boston and New York-JFK and currently fly to Seattle from Chicago, Miami, Dallas and Tokyo-Narita and started Boeing 737-800 and 777-200 service to Seattle. Also American Airlines has a new strong alliance with Seattle-Based Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air.

Do you think it would be good for American Airlines to start a new Pacific hub in Seattle for routes to Asia and domesitc routes also to build up there West Coast presence? Also when American Airlines flies Reno Air routes American Airlines will fly to Anchorage, San Jose, Reno and Orange County from Seattle. That is a stong route system from Seattle and I think American Airlines should build a hub in Seattle. What do you think?
American Airlines has 3 gates in Seattle but when it finally merges into Reno Air it will have 5 gates because Reno Air has two gates in Seattle but in different terminals.

Currently the top airlines in Seattle are Alaska Airlines, Horizon Air, United Airlines & Northwest Airlines.

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RE: American Airlines Hub In Sea ?

Tue May 11, 1999 9:57 am

I don't think that they should. So far, SEA is the only Pacific gateway not spoiled by a complete monopoly of one airline (I want this monopoly to go to my future airline!!). AA already has a strong presence with San Jose, and now with the Reno deal, they have just increaded their flying schedule into San Jose by a ton! I don't think that the new flights to BOS are a sign of a new hub, though. From my understanding, AA is trying to make BOS a stronghold...so a SEA flight would only make sense, as NW is the only airline on that route.


RE: American Airlines Hub In Sea ?

Tue May 11, 1999 10:45 am

As Fly777UAL said, it is not likely for AA to set up a hub in Seattle. Besides the factors that Fly777UAL mentioned, we also have to consider these:

1) SEA is at the Northwest corner of West coast, unlike SFO and LAX, which are both in the middle position of the Westcoast of US.

2) The size of SEA (the city itself) is not as big as SFO and LAX. There is far more demand to fly to LAX and SFO as FINAL DESTINATIONS than SEA. I don't mean Seattle is small city, I mean population wise relative to SFO and LAX.

3) If AA and Alaska have a strong alliance, then I don't think AA will beef up its presence at SEA, which is out of respect for Alaska.

4) Even though Alaska is the main operator at SEA, UA an NW are quite strong in SEA too. If AA decides to enter SEA big time, I think it has to fight a bloody war there.

RE: American Airlines Hub In Sea ?

Tue May 11, 1999 3:00 pm

I don't think that AA will create a hub in SEA for a couple of reasons. First, while it probably would make an excellent pacific hub, AA is not really in a position to add considerable service to the pacific region. With any luck they will recieve permission to fly to China in a few years, but they will want to put that service out of it's established hubs. Also, I think that they will concentrate their efforts in the west on building the San Jose hub, at least until they are well established in the area. Just one final note - LAX is not in the middle portion of the US west coast. It is only about 30 minutes north of the Mexican border.

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