I wonder if DL will still pursue MSP-PVG, and maybe ATL-PEK.
Has DL shown any interest in starting ATL-PEK?
With AA returning their frequencies I think its safe to assume DL will be awarded MSP-PVG and UA will go daily double EWR-PVG. The big question is will either DL or UA go after the last remaining frequency? If so will DL apply for ATL-PEK as you have suggested and/or will UA apply try to secure that last frequency by requesting to add additional service to China from another U.S. gateway perhaps IAD?
I'm surprised AA is just willing to walk away and not at the very least try to hold on to one frequency.
Why would DL want MSP-PEK when they already run from DTW? ATL-PEK would make more sense.
I'm sorry I don't understand your response. When did I ever mention MSP-PEK?
I posed a question because I don't know if DL has ever publicly stated their interest in ATL-PEK, or if this is insider information that DL intends to file for the rights to begin ATL-PEK in addition to their application for MSP-PVG.
With AA giving up both frequencies does anyone on this thread truly believe that either DL or UA will let that frequency go unused? With no other applications I think it is a given both DL and UA will be awarded MSP and EWR. However I also believe that the network planners at both these airlines probably would love to get their hand on the last frequency and could be coming up with proposals even as I type.
I don't think anyone expected AA to give up 2 frequencies. I think most people expected DL would be awarded MSP-PVG, and the DOT would take one frequency from AA and award it to UA for EWR. But allow AA to extend their dormancy waiver for the last frequency, or perhaps reconsider and allowing AA to move the frequency to another gateway which AA did request some time ago. For AA to give up completely is huge, for AA to not even try PHL-China says a lot about AA's US-China network. To not apply for any type of rights to serve PHL-China tells us a lot about AA's DFW-China flights. AA's DFW-China flights are now basically pulling in connections from the South, the Mid-Atlantic, the North East, the Plaines and the Midwest. Everyone east of the Rockies if they want to fly on AA metal to PEK/PVG is probably being routed through DFW and west of the Rockies is probably routed through LAX. But I suspect their LAX flights have a much stronger O&D than their DFW flights. So if AA were to launch PHL-China flights at this particular point in time they would basically be cannibalizing their DFW-PVG/PEK flights.