tphuang wrote:dmorbust wrote:tphuang wrote:So AA and its IAG partners now have 5 daily flights to LHR with all larger aircraft than VS/DL + year round flights to Madrid, Barcelona, Paris, Dublin and Shannon. So covers more major business market than DL and its partners + have the most capacity and flights to LHR. Not bad for an airline that people have said have given up on Boston.
IMO, AA will do continue to make moves like this and some Caribbean flights to keep its major corporate clients and ff base in Boston. It doesn't cost them as much as building up an entire network like DL, but will keep them very relevant in BOS.
First of all how are the LEVEL flights to Paris or Barcelona of any use to AA customers when they aren't bookable on AA.com and "On LEVEL flights As of November 1, 2017, travel on any flights marketed by Iberia and operated by Iberia for LEVEL (IB2600 – IB2699) aren't eligible for AAdvantage mileage accrual"? https://www.aa.com/i18n/travel-info/par ... iberia.jsp
Secondly, the Paris LEVEL flight is just 3 times weekly, compared to DL + AF's 4 times daily. The LEVEL Barcelona flight is not daily either (4 weekly). So how does that cover more major business markets than DL and its partners? And let's get real, there are more major business markets domestically and DL crushes AA there.
AA crushes DL on most of the top business market domestically. In fact, it crushes B6 to those same markets. The only major ones it doesn't fly to are SFO (where DL has an noncompetitive 1x daily schedule for most of the year with no premium product) and ATL. Sure, if your business takes you to IND/CMH/CVG mostly, AA doesn't make sense to you. But if your needs are mostly NYC/DCA/ORD/PHL/LA/LHR, AA actually has better schedule in total than anyone else. And it's never going to retreat from those markets.
As for Europe stuff, my point is AA and IAG combo covers a lot of the major destinations in Europe. They are quite a force on their own right out of BOS and fly to most of the major destinations in Europe. If you do a lot of European flights, AA is still a good enough option to not jump ship. And that's all AA needs to do here.
Don't see the point of arguing about "Airline XYZ" crushes "Airline ABC".
It all depends on your travels. I like B6 because it flies to where we need to go: DC and SFO. But to Europe I prefer DL over BA (AA has not been flying to Europe from BOS for a while). IMO, DL just has the better product flying to Europe compared to BA.
I don't have much use for *A as they seem rather weak in BOS. And pretty much everywhere UA flies from BOS (nonstop), so does B6.