BA777FO wrote:Fargo wrote:I've long said that AA and BA should swap their RDU and PHX routes, with AA taking over all LHR flying from PHX and BA taking over RDU-LHR.
BA will maintain a presence in PHX just as they will in DFW. Those markets are too big for BA to fully withdraw from despite the metal neutrality of the JBA. BA tested the water in PHX with 10x weekly 747 and now it'll be double daily with AA and BA sharing a frequency each. Rumours doing the rounds PHX will be one of the first A350 routes for BA after the second delivery, I'm not convinced by that though.
AA flying IAD-LHR makes zero sense, especially as they withdrew from BOS-LHR. AA has even shifted a MIA-LHR frequency to DFW-LHR - the trend is doubling down on DFW, IAD makes no sense with BA at 17x week already.
Having AA metal from one if it’s most important markets, Washington D.C., to London makes a lot of sense!
You are also giving a very incomplete picture of what happened with DFW/MIA. AA shifted one if it’s MIALHR flights to DFW and then BA increased MIALHR from 14w to 21w, among that AA 772 to be replaced with a larger BA 744. AA entering IADLHR will likely be a similar - it would likely replace, not compliment, an existing BA frequency.