Get real. AA could make PHL work to Asia the same way it makes PHL work as a major European Hub - with connections as well as O&D.
Lol, "get real".... that's cute.
Okay then, here's some reality for you:
A 6million person MSA straddling two different alliances for the span of 15yrs, with
hub-hub connections possible on both
ends to nearly every major east-Asian gateway for either alliance within their respective duration of prominence at that gateway, and
(by its own admission) the second lowest CPE for the incumbent carrier until the day it ceased independent operations, and
publicly touting incentives for any airline who wants to try...... yet not one has EVER bothered starting an east Asian flight.
Should tell you all you need to know about the market. But hey, common sense isn't always so common.
Uh, based on the fact there is ZERO competition to anywhere in Asia from PHL
Again, ask yourself "why"-- there's a REASON no one wants to compete there despite the massive population and decent corporate base: the market isn't lucrative to Asia, relative to just about any other alternative.
Does that mean the place will never get one? No.
But the above proposal of taking a money-losing system and thinking that moving it all to an untested market with a consistent history of failing to incentivize even a single flight to the region-- is going to somehow stem the bleed? Pretty ridiculous.
I myself, suspect a more prosaic motive... ~Thranduil