tphuang wrote:tlecam wrote:TPHuang - question about those average fares for the Cleveland route? How would connecting traffic for DL and B6 reflect there?
I stripped out any fare itineraries that were BOS-XXX-CLE, since those are not reflective of the direct route. Sorry, I don't have any data on CLE-BOS-XXX or XXX-BOS-CLE. Haven't figured out how to calculate % of traffic that are connecting on a route. I would imagine that would be lower yielding stuff.
tphuang - thank you as always. Generic question and if anyone can share insights would be helpful: typically is the cost structure for express flights cheaper vs. full service or it is completely dependent on outside factors (premium cabin, fare competition etc.). The reason I ask is: (just listed some of the key points)
1. Last week due to the CHI bad weather on Thu, all AA flights got canceled to BOS. I had to fly on Fri to PVD. When I looked at the announcement board, practically all Platinum Pro members got upgraded to First Class. It was also a AAE flights to PVD vs. all the flights to BOS are the AA flights. The point I am trying to make is, for flights to BOS, rarely do I find members get an upgrade unless it is fluke - I am referring to pax who are lifetime million milers and i hear them lament all the time how rarely they find an upgrade.
Does AA make money in the PVD flight as the front row is filled with upgraded pax?
2. DL is going to start flights to ORD starting Sep. ORD is ultra-competitive market and i can buy a first class seat using my corporate website for $200/way. This is for AA. I can imagine DL is chasing the Sky pax as most business pax want to be in their affiliated airline. Can we say that DL cost structure would be cheaper than UA or AA as they are going to use Express planes vs. full-service DL?
Appreciate any expert insights.