nice adds by AA to connect more dots.
It is, indeed, great to see AA restoring former (in several cases longstanding) routes like DFW-OAK, LGA-TVC and LGA-PWM, and connecting several extremely logical dots with routes like PHX-AMA and PHX-OKC. I'm also happy to see lots of seasonal/weekend utilization flying next year in markets that have long made lots of sense - some new and some resumptions - like DFW-AVL, DFW-MYR, DFW-ILM, ORD-MYR, ORD-BGR, LAX-FLG and LAX-BZN. I hope to see more of this type of opportunistic weekend flying - markets like ORD-PWM, ORD-PNS, and maybe ORD-SAV and DFW-FLG, come to mind - in the future.
Regarding LAX-FLG - it's a CRJ700, which should help, but interestingly the turn in FLG is in the mid-afternoon, which is to say, at the peak heat of the day. I wonder if there will be any operational issues. And with respect to LAX-BZN - just as suspected. LAX-BZN is AA's first foray into Montana from the western U.S. (at least post-merger) and like other such routes, I suspect it will do well, and hopefully will be followed by additional routes from LAX and/or PHX to the Mountain West.
AA continues to cut DEN. MIA was downgraded to a A319 on one of it’s daily flights as well. How much deeper will the cuts go?
I guess it probably shouldn't be that surprising, given that (1) DEN is probably one of the most competitive pricing environments of any major U.S. metro market right now, (2) AA's traffic at DEN is largely DEN-destined and (3) AA, obviously, lacks the diversity of (often relatively higher-yielding) connecting flows from smaller Mountain West markets that help the economics of United's flights.
It looks like AA basically had their summer schedule published and this brings it down. They are still up about 10% year on year, but that is obscured by the fact that these show up as reductions.
No, no, no. AA is clearly
giving up on Chicago, folding its hub and leaving. All signs clearly
point in that direction.
Seems as if vast majority of AA changes are cuts. Very few adds with all of these.
As already mentioned, a decent amount of the cuts are accompanied by upgauging.
BNA doesn't have one on AA to PHX either. That one really surprised me.
AA's next adds from PHX are probably COS and TUL with an outside shot of BNA, MSY, and RDU. The problem with CVG (as well as BNA, MSY, and RDU) is that they would require mainline to start. AA seems to like to start its new routes from PHX on regional jets and seems to be tweaking its regional jet / mainline mix on a lot of routes.
I agree that COS, BNA, MSY and RDU all seem like obvious adds for PHX. I suspect all four of these routes may well launch in due time - the first likely with a CRJ700 and the rest with A319s. Based on the way the last three routes could be scheduled, AA may try and fit PHX flights in between or around existing flights between those three markets and LAX to enhance overall schedule connectivity to/from the western U.S.