No more new continental US airports for WN- they would rather use their brand to grab closer-in higher-yield passengers now rather than invest in near-term losses / build at an outer airport. And maybe WN and AS struck a deal where WN gets the DAL slot or the already-negotiated LGA slots in exchange...Jump to post
I had forgotten that when WN announced CVG back in 2017 they had told analysts it would "very likely" be the last dot on their destination map in the Lower 48. Now recalling that, I have to think asking for some flights from PAE was mostly a leverage point to get AS to give up some DAL slo...Jump to post
What is the deal with this plane? It's last flight on fr24 shows MSQ-LIS over a month ago.Jump to post
Looks like a distressed sale on the part of WW to me. Simplistic way of looking at it but WW had 20 aircraft, more than 1/2 of FI's 35 but will only get 5% of FI's equity. Overexpansion and rising fuel prices were going to do WW in on liquidity- Skuli chose to sell instead of going it alone and look...Jump to post
All these comments make sense in a vacuum, but the LCCs have built-up far smaller cities (O&D heavy or not) than SLC- like SAT TUL TTN and the LCCs have entered plenty of more profitable fortress hubs than SLC is to DL like DFW ATL PHL IAH. They have had no problem being the 3rd or 4th carrier o...Jump to post
Is there any reason the LCC boom has largely avoided SLC? Something about the landing fees or airport/runway capacity? Only F9 flies there from usually other focus cities. I always thought this was the last sensical place for AS to expand geographically, having tapped over its history Russia, Califo...Jump to post
US carriers except AA all flew to LGW when LHR was strictly slot-controlled. They all went to LHR when it opened up and haven't gone back to LGW since, and a large reason besides yields is the lack of alliance connections at LGW.Jump to post
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles ... -data-show
In a stall, is a drop of 15,000 feet per minute typical?
BOS-SEA is a huge bloodbath. DL won't put D1 on here, because the market simply can't support it. A year ago, both DL and AS had average fare that ws close to $300 and now both are around $250. On the subject, of IAD-SEA, I actually don't think the numbers are bad. The LF is a little lower for DL, ...Jump to post
I slightly misstated that. AA was a strong #2 of all carriers at SFO specifically and were eventually passed by VX and now AS. I’d guess that DL is probably bigger now. How much of a presence did AA really ever have at SFO at its peak? I've heard it described as a focus city at one point, though th...Jump to post
No one doubts these (SJC PHX PDX) are marginal routes in the first place - they do not exist in a static environment- when oil prices or the economy change and stop cooperating, then these are the first to have a profit problem and get cut. Even though the US economy is fine for now, the European ec...Jump to post
Has DL surpassed AA at SJC now? If so, that is truly amazing. SJC made a lot of sense as a hub for AA since it is the heart of silicon valley and AA was the undisputed champion of the high tech cities for a while (AUS/SJC/RDU). I know DL has become larger than AA at RDU, but was wondering if they a...Jump to post
Reno Air actually took over many of the routes at the behest of an AA codeshare in the early 1990s. It was really a combo of oil, recession, and WN entering CA hard that did them in. AA also gave up on two small hubs at RDU and BNA in that timeframe. AA blamed San Jose in the media not extending the...Jump to post
The only theoretical reason would be to parallel the ME3 strategy being the connecting point btwn US/Europe and Asia/India, so what would that be for Copa? Connect places like LIM & SCL to Europe? I don't think there is enough demand and obviously not near the O&D traffic in PTY vs DXB.Jump to post
https://twitter.com/kaismagazine/status ... 8314046465
"It's not clear what led to this emergency landing. But airport officials tell us the flight couldn't make its oceanic crossing."
It's a brand new A321 so wouldn't surprise me if there was an issue there.
There is a limit to AS' stupidity- they are one of the last airlines to come out of negative YOY PRASM because they didn't know where to put 8% seat growth every year- challenging supposed WN monopolies in secondary California city pairs hasn't worked so far.Jump to post
So UA doesn't care about short-haul O&D to LAX; it's all about LH and connecting western small cities to those LH flights.Jump to post
AirFiero wrote:So the A220 has transcon range?
My lord, I didn't realize the B6 JFK-PDX leaves at 8:51pm now to arrive at midnight in PDX. It's amazing they get even a fare of $204. It arrives so late that it doesn't operate as the red-eye going back. The aircraft goes to LGB in the morning, and an LGB-PDX arrives at 851p to become the redeye.Jump to post
It's the way to turn the Big 4 into the Big 5 with another national airline and eliminate a competitor. People think well why can't AS & B6 exist as a nonambitious strong regional but look at what DL has done to AS in SEA- now DL has a hub with foreign routes & connections that AS doesn't. D...Jump to post
This has everything to do with the deterioraton of profits and nothing to do with spicing themselves up for sale to B6 (AS is larger than B6, BTW). For 2018, no US airline will have as large a decline in operating margin percent than AS (down 8% from 17% to 9%). Some is just timing (new pilot deal i...Jump to post
Back on the issue of AS in PHX, we're talking about an expansion of PHX to cities that are not primary for AS like in California. AS does fly to other AA hubs like PHL DFW LAX ORD but largely only to the two home hubs of SEA & PDX. AA also probably doesn't care about TUS. I don't think if AS sta...Jump to post
I would build up SLC before all of these SEA-random smallish cities in the eastern time zone. They seem to be giving up on SFO as a placement option for all their capacity; they won't get much more city pairs out of SAN or LAX. SLC is pretty profitable for DLJump to post
DELTA777 wrote:Three aircraft currently in the air. https://flightaware.com/live/fleet/PRI
To be fair, AS walked into WN hourly service with SAN-SJC and SAN-SMF and SJC-SNA, so yeah they could do OAK-SAN too. OAK for whatever reason is just not a favorable yield city- B6 evacuated what was once a big-time schedule there long ago; Level has quickly moved its BCN flight to SFO from OAK; DL ...Jump to post
There is no good answer to this- in effect, AS bought its natural growth by issuing equity for VX. I always wondered how in the world they would find markets for year after year of 8% seat growth. On the margin, they can pick away at select markets being #2 to WN in SMF SJC SAN, but any big project ...Jump to post
This is the only aircraft type I flat out will not fly. Too many landing gear incidents- around one every 12-18 months. There used to be a wiki page memorializing all the events. Two this year: A) Croatia Air landing gear wouldn't lock, but fixed after a couple of circles http://www.aviation24.be/ai...Jump to post
SJC-PVG needed to work on O/D only. CA doesnt have much of a connecting network at PVG- most of their destinations there are long-haul. Looking up random domestic transfers from PVG on CA few if any had timely connections from the SJC-PVG arrival at 15:10. I agree CI made a big mistake arriving the ...Jump to post