I will be pleasantly surprised if AA comes to DFW.
I think you mean AI, AA already has a large hub there
Surprised AI is not looking at ORD-BOM given where the Chicago population is from. Although, DFW is tilted towards BOM as well.
Yeah, DFW does seem to be a stretch for AI. FWIK it is a lower-yielding, VFR market right now, and true business ties with India are not fully developed.
Though to be fair, the fact that AI can still flies nonstop to EWR is surprising, considering that they are competing with UA, and Newark/NJ has far less business traffic & yield than Chicago, San Francisco, and especially New York. Newark is probably an even lower-yielding market than Dallas, but Dallas is farther from India than Newark.
I don't see AI starting ORD-BOM or DFW-BOM. I do know EWR-BOM has high VFR traffic, but very few business passengers compared to AI's other long-haul routes. (Perhaps the lack of ME3 at EWR has kept the route alive?) The fact of the matter is that AI essentially de-hubbed BOM in 2010, and their network at BOM is nothing like what they have in DEL. What needs to be realised is that many people take AI to DEL and then transfer to a flight to a smaller city (PNQ, ATQ, and the like), since AI is their only 1-stop option.
Additionally, ORD-BOM and DFW-BOM are both longer than any of the DEL-USA flights AI is proposing. Combine that with the fact that BOM overflies 2/3 of India and their DEL hub, and any hope of a new BOM-USA flight by AI is highly unlikely.