AirFiero wrote:PlanesNTrains wrote:AirFiero wrote:AS DAL-PDX SEP 1.0>3[1.0]
AS DAL-SAN SEP 1.0>2[1.0]
AS DAL-SEA SEP 2>4
AS DAL-SFO SEP 3>4
AS DAL-SJC SEP 1.0>3[1.0]
But, but, but...AS will pull out of DAL any day now! (So they said)
I wouldn’t hold my breath on these. September is a long ways away so you have to ask yourself why? Is it to show that they “will” be fully using the slots by a certain date? It’s easy to announce now and drop later - they can even lament that it happened because of big, bad DL/WN - but not before getting something else they want.
Who knows. I’d love to think that DAL is a goldmine, but I don’t think a limited schedule would allow a carrier like AS to see that payoff. Arguably, DL would make better sense for network reasons, but too bad for DL I guess.
While they are increasing it, and not cutting it, DAL remains an active place for AS until it is not. So all the speculation they will cut will remain speculation.
Look, if they were increasing it due to demand, they would not be increasing in September. It is a ploy related to the gate situation. I've heard that they were in danger of having to give a gate to DL for free that they/VX paid dearly for. My guess is they are hoping DL will now offer cash instead of hoping to be awarded the gate.