sargester wrote:airzona11 wrote:9w748capt wrote:
I know - I was replying to the other poster's hilarious claim that ATH would only work on a 767.
Read the sentence again. Never did I write it would only work on a 767. Your blatant disregard for the economics doesn’t make your assertions right. My point remains, Shiny new 787s are not being deployed on second tier routes, like DFW to ATH. AA would test waters with 767/777 that are paid off. 777s have more seats to compensate for lower yields. Dallas to an EU business center with nonstop J demand, that’s where the 788s will go.
A 788 is too small to fill with low yield connecting traffic.
I beg to differ, its just like any route that they can connect people on DFW ATH will have little OD but people will buy it purely because they aren't paying attention, like someone purchasing a ticket from MCO to ATH via DFW
The real problem is that 70% of US-Europe traffic comes from east of the Mississippi. DFW is not going to get much of that connecting traffic so to make DFW-Europe work there has to be:
A) a hub on the other end (LHR, MAD)
B) very large local leisure market (CDG, FCO, DUB)
C) business traffic to fill front cabin (FRA, MUC, AMS)
ATH does not meet any of those criteria so it is highly unlikely. JFK and even MIA would get an ATH flight before DFW, IMHO.