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Re: AA Considering A Return to India + Africa Routes

Mon Mar 04, 2019 7:02 pm

D L X wrote:
Can someone explain the MIA-Africa market for me?



It seems more of a geographic ideology seeing that MIA is the most diverse hub with respect to routes to/from the strong ethnically hybrid region of the West Indies (32 cities in the region). JFK once held that position. This is a random view from a West Indian.
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Re: AA Considering A Return to India + Africa Routes

Mon Mar 04, 2019 7:43 pm

D L X wrote:
Can someone explain the MIA-Africa market for me?


Not MIA to Africa, but MIA to South Africa:
1) MIA is the closest or nearly closest major hub (and AA hub) in North America to JNB. For example, JNB-MIA is 7,005nm while JNB-CLT is 7,184 nm (marginal though).
2) It allows connections to a very large number of North American destinations without backtracking. DFW or CLT would result in some backtracking.
3) It would give AA a strategic advantage for O&D services to the South Florida market, which is larger than CLT or PHL would provide.
 
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Re: AA Considering A Return to India + Africa Routes

Mon Mar 04, 2019 7:51 pm

evanb wrote:
D L X wrote:
Can someone explain the MIA-Africa market for me?


Not MIA to Africa, but MIA to South Africa:
1) MIA is the closest or nearly closest major hub (and AA hub) in North America to JNB. For example, JNB-MIA is 7,005nm while JNB-CLT is 7,184 nm (marginal though).
2) It allows connections to a very large number of North American destinations without backtracking. DFW or CLT would result in some backtracking.
3) It would give AA a strategic advantage for O&D services to the South Florida market, which is larger than CLT or PHL would provide.


Huh? If we're going by mileage, PHL is the closest hub to JNB.

http://www.gcmap.com/mapui?P=jnb-phl: 8,032 miles
http://www.gcmap.com/mapui?P=jnb-mia: 8,061 miles

PHL is also better optimized for connections from the Midwest and Northeast to South Africa. See ORD:

http://www.gcmap.com/mapui?P=ord-phl-jnb: 8,710 miles
http://www.gcmap.com/mapui?P=ord-mia-jnb: 9,257 miles

CLT:
http://www.gcmap.com/mapui?P=clt-phl-jnb: 8,480 miles
http://www.gcmap.com/mapui?P=clt-mia-jnb: 8,711 miles
 
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Re: AA Considering A Return to India + Africa Routes

Mon Mar 04, 2019 8:04 pm

The South African diaspora is not really a factor for these flights, we're talking a pretty minuscule population in the U.S. There are only 5,000 in the Miami-Fort Lauderdale metro, for example, and 8,000 in the NYC metro. For Miami-Fort Lauderdale, that's a grand total of 0.1% of the MSA's population.

If we're going by African population, then the case for PHL is much stronger than MIA or even DFW. NYC, DC, Minneapolis and Philly all have very large African immigrant populations. Those connections work better through PHL. I'm still not convinced that they would start a flight merely based on the ethnic population of the MSA, though.

Now, maybe AA would consider the flight based on business connections or leisure connections from U.S. tourists (see success of PHL-PRG, PHL-BUD and upcoming PHL-DBV flights).
 
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Re: AA Considering A Return to India + Africa Routes

Mon Mar 04, 2019 8:19 pm

stl07 wrote:
BA777FO wrote:
stl07 wrote:
BA has cut a BOM flight...
Interesting


No it hasn't. BA has been and remains double daily to BOM.

Look in june for BOM-LHR

But it came back in July now that I look again


It may be a temporary thing to accomodate some runway work in BOM. Though I dont know why BOM even schedule runway work in June considering the monsoons. For years now, BOM has been double daily for BA. I dont think it will change.

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Re: AA Considering A Return to India + Africa Routes

Mon Mar 04, 2019 8:23 pm

B1168 wrote:
strfyr51 wrote:
dfw88 wrote:
With the large Indian population and fortress hub at DFW I would be shocked if an AA return to India didn't originate from DFW. It would be close-ish to the 789 range, but I think it would be doable.

from DFW going east they probably could make it to India then come back going east to take advantage of the prevailing westerlies on their Tail the entire flight back to DFW or PHL if they chose to.


The DFW-DEL direct route brings us nearly over the Arctic point. Excluding the detour due to the Hindu Kush mountains, it seems quite reasonable that the outbound flight goes mostly North with some eastbound vector at DFW, probably some headings like 020.
Going eastbound on the inbound leg sound somewhat unrealistic. Frequently AI’s DEL-SFO routes south of the Himalayas, passing Bangladesh, China and Japan before joining the horde of transpacific flights. This routing usually takes them 14.5 hours. Extending that to DFW will result in 2 additional hours in air at best, and that is 16.5 hours. Reference? UA100/1 IAH-SYD taking up to 17.5 hours. That doesn’t sound too nice to me. Hopefully they can get some flight path instruments built North of DEL so that the flight can directly route the polar way.


You will not get a flight path directly NOrth or North east of Delhi. There a few small molehills called Himalayas that seem to hinder even quadjets with 1 engine out scenario :-)

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Re: AA Considering A Return to India + Africa Routes

Mon Mar 04, 2019 8:25 pm

I'll go out on a limb here and say that while CMN is the most likely African airport for AA service followed by JNB (both most likely to be flown from PHL), CPT 3-4x weekly (NOT as a triangle with JNB) has a decent chance - it matches AA's latest overseas expansions of heavy leisure traffic to a destination underserved/not served nonstop from the US and just about every time I've looked at airfares to SA from the US, CPT has higher priced tickets.
 
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Re: AA Considering A Return to India + Africa Routes

Mon Mar 04, 2019 9:02 pm

bridge29 wrote:
Huh? If we're going by mileage, PHL is the closest hub to JNB.


I said closest or nearly closest ...
 
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Re: AA Considering A Return to India + Africa Routes

Mon Mar 04, 2019 9:41 pm

bridge29 wrote:

Huh? If we're going by mileage, PHL is the closest hub to JNB.

http://www.gcmap.com/mapui?P=jnb-phl: 8,032 miles
http://www.gcmap.com/mapui?P=jnb-mia: 8,061 miles

PHL is also better optimized for connections from the Midwest and Northeast to South Africa. See ORD:

http://www.gcmap.com/mapui?P=ord-phl-jnb: 8,710 miles
http://www.gcmap.com/mapui?P=ord-mia-jnb: 9,257 miles

CLT:
http://www.gcmap.com/mapui?P=clt-phl-jnb: 8,480 miles
http://www.gcmap.com/mapui?P=clt-mia-jnb: 8,711 miles

********

The South African diaspora is not really a factor for these flights, we're talking a pretty minuscule population in the U.S. There are only 5,000 in the Miami-Fort Lauderdale metro, for example, and 8,000 in the NYC metro. For Miami-Fort Lauderdale, that's a grand total of 0.1% of the MSA's population.

If we're going by African population, then the case for PHL is much stronger than MIA or even DFW. NYC, DC, Minneapolis and Philly all have very large African immigrant populations. Those connections work better through PHL. I'm still not convinced that they would start a flight merely based on the ethnic population of the MSA, though.

Now, maybe AA would consider the flight based on business connections or leisure connections from U.S. tourists (see success of PHL-PRG, PHL-BUD and upcoming PHL-DBV flights).

THANK YOU!!!

This was the point I was trying to make. MIA to Africa doesn't appear to me to make any more sense than any other east coast hub. It's not closer and it doesn't have a large African population. The idea that local markets would support the flight seems untenable to me.

SO if we're not relying on O/D, then we're relying on connections. AA has an EXCELLENT hub for connections that is dirt cheap to operate. It isn't MIA. It isn't PHL. It isn't DFW. So why are we laughing at CLT? If we're laughing at CLT, then we really should simply be laughing at AA for attempting Africa at all.

(Now, I say this being unaware of a large African population in Philly. If that's the case, then PHL makes sense.)

PS: as a Black guy, when someone says "Africa," Joburg is not what I envision. Not that it's not a nice place (my wife lived there and loved it) just that you've flown over* a lot of real Africa by the time you land in Joburg. (* okay, near. not over.)
 
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Re: AA Considering A Return to India + Africa Routes

Mon Mar 04, 2019 9:50 pm

If and when AA arrives in Africa, it'll be from MIA. Not JFK, not PHL, and certainly not CLT.
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Re: AA Considering A Return to India + Africa Routes

Mon Mar 04, 2019 11:42 pm

D L X wrote:
bridge29 wrote:

Huh? If we're going by mileage, PHL is the closest hub to JNB.

http://www.gcmap.com/mapui?P=jnb-phl: 8,032 miles
http://www.gcmap.com/mapui?P=jnb-mia: 8,061 miles

PHL is also better optimized for connections from the Midwest and Northeast to South Africa. See ORD:

http://www.gcmap.com/mapui?P=ord-phl-jnb: 8,710 miles
http://www.gcmap.com/mapui?P=ord-mia-jnb: 9,257 miles

CLT:
http://www.gcmap.com/mapui?P=clt-phl-jnb: 8,480 miles
http://www.gcmap.com/mapui?P=clt-mia-jnb: 8,711 miles

********

The South African diaspora is not really a factor for these flights, we're talking a pretty minuscule population in the U.S. There are only 5,000 in the Miami-Fort Lauderdale metro, for example, and 8,000 in the NYC metro. For Miami-Fort Lauderdale, that's a grand total of 0.1% of the MSA's population.

If we're going by African population, then the case for PHL is much stronger than MIA or even DFW. NYC, DC, Minneapolis and Philly all have very large African immigrant populations. Those connections work better through PHL. I'm still not convinced that they would start a flight merely based on the ethnic population of the MSA, though.

Now, maybe AA would consider the flight based on business connections or leisure connections from U.S. tourists (see success of PHL-PRG, PHL-BUD and upcoming PHL-DBV flights).

THANK YOU!!!

This was the point I was trying to make. MIA to Africa doesn't appear to me to make any more sense than any other east coast hub. It's not closer and it doesn't have a large African population. The idea that local markets would support the flight seems untenable to me.

SO if we're not relying on O/D, then we're relying on connections. AA has an EXCELLENT hub for connections that is dirt cheap to operate. It isn't MIA. It isn't PHL. It isn't DFW. So why are we laughing at CLT? If we're laughing at CLT, then we really should simply be laughing at AA for attempting Africa at all.

(Now, I say this being unaware of a large African population in Philly. If that's the case, then PHL makes sense.)

PS: as a Black guy, when someone says "Africa," Joburg is not what I envision. Not that it's not a nice place (my wife lived there and loved it) just that you've flown over* a lot of real Africa by the time you land in Joburg. (* okay, near. not over.)


I think the pushback against CLT is because cost per emplanement is literally it's only advantage over MIA or PHL. PHL actually does have a decent African population. MIA's is fairly small, but it's larger than Charlotte's. CLT's O/D traffic to Africa is extremely small - you'd be talking about almost exclusively connections with a flight like that. PHL and MIA would at least offer some originating traffic. Even if it's not much, it's almost certainly enough to overcome the CPE advantage that CLT has.
 
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Re: AA Considering A Return to India + Africa Routes

Tue Mar 05, 2019 1:18 am

Boof02671 wrote:
anshabhi wrote:
Austin would also be a good choice for Indian flights. Its a decent tech hub and faces no competition from gulf carriers.

This makes no sense, no connectivity. Never happens.

If AUS gets any international flight, it would be MAN. Tech capital of the UK, and some connection options with partner BA. But even THAT is "pushing it".
 
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Re: AA Considering A Return to India + Africa Routes

Tue Mar 05, 2019 1:31 am

jfk777 wrote:
ILS28ORD wrote:
GripenFan wrote:

Given the tech connections between the Chicago area and India the suggestion AA couldn't make this work appears to not bode well for the long-term viability of their ORD hub...


AA has shown no interest or intent to connect pax through ORD internationally on their own metal. Only JV carriers. ORD has become basically a domestic hub for them. Or seasonal INTL hub at best. But the hub itself isn't going anywhere.


AA's ORD is "only" a domestic hub, interesting, so who is the biggest airline on the biggest international route at ORD ? Not United. AA is the biggest to London. AA flies to quite a long list of European cities from ORD. One has to expect UA to be bigger to Asia since they didn't have to build their Asia Pacific system one route at a time like AA has done, UA purchased Pan Am's system in 1986 and became huge in Asia overnight.

While AA does have JV's with BA & JAL, UA does too with LH & ANA which operate from the United terminal at O"Hare.

UA is not paying attention, at all, when it comes to Europe, from it's "hometown" market. The general lack of Europe from ORD, is their "achilles heel".
 
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Re: AA Considering A Return to India + Africa Routes

Tue Mar 05, 2019 2:36 am

iyerhari wrote:
UA benefits significantly from their AI codeshare.


Not to hijack a thread about AA, but UA and AI don't have codeshare. If they did, AI would be flying double daily flights to EWR and ORD and daily flights to IAD.

Re: AA to India, the safest origin would probably be JFK, the most profitable would probably be DFW and the out-of-the-box origin would be LAX (especially with a codeshare on AS to SJC). On the flip side, JFK yields would be terrible, DFW would be stretching the limits of any aircraft other than 77L and AA is terrible at LAX, not to mention having to compete with CX.

For all the people talking about a potential PHL-India flight, I'd like to point out that no one from the IAD or the EWR/JFK catchment areas would drive all the way to PHL to catch a direct flight to India, especially when UA and AI are competing for their business. I don't have the factfinder.census.gov report handy, so going by Wikipedia's numbers here, PHL area has about 90k people of Indian origin. Since NA-India flights are still predominantly VFR, that number has to be bolstered significantly by connecting passengers in order to make PHL-India work. QR also siphons away a significant chunk of the addressable market, which makes it so much more harder to sustain a PHL-India non-stop.
 
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Re: AA Considering A Return to India + Africa Routes

Tue Mar 05, 2019 3:08 am

YoungDon wrote:
D L X wrote:
bridge29 wrote:

Huh? If we're going by mileage, PHL is the closest hub to JNB.

http://www.gcmap.com/mapui?P=jnb-phl: 8,032 miles
http://www.gcmap.com/mapui?P=jnb-mia: 8,061 miles

PHL is also better optimized for connections from the Midwest and Northeast to South Africa. See ORD:

http://www.gcmap.com/mapui?P=ord-phl-jnb: 8,710 miles
http://www.gcmap.com/mapui?P=ord-mia-jnb: 9,257 miles

CLT:
http://www.gcmap.com/mapui?P=clt-phl-jnb: 8,480 miles
http://www.gcmap.com/mapui?P=clt-mia-jnb: 8,711 miles

********

The South African diaspora is not really a factor for these flights, we're talking a pretty minuscule population in the U.S. There are only 5,000 in the Miami-Fort Lauderdale metro, for example, and 8,000 in the NYC metro. For Miami-Fort Lauderdale, that's a grand total of 0.1% of the MSA's population.

If we're going by African population, then the case for PHL is much stronger than MIA or even DFW. NYC, DC, Minneapolis and Philly all have very large African immigrant populations. Those connections work better through PHL. I'm still not convinced that they would start a flight merely based on the ethnic population of the MSA, though.

Now, maybe AA would consider the flight based on business connections or leisure connections from U.S. tourists (see success of PHL-PRG, PHL-BUD and upcoming PHL-DBV flights).

THANK YOU!!!

This was the point I was trying to make. MIA to Africa doesn't appear to me to make any more sense than any other east coast hub. It's not closer and it doesn't have a large African population. The idea that local markets would support the flight seems untenable to me.

SO if we're not relying on O/D, then we're relying on connections. AA has an EXCELLENT hub for connections that is dirt cheap to operate. It isn't MIA. It isn't PHL. It isn't DFW. So why are we laughing at CLT? If we're laughing at CLT, then we really should simply be laughing at AA for attempting Africa at all.

(Now, I say this being unaware of a large African population in Philly. If that's the case, then PHL makes sense.)

PS: as a Black guy, when someone says "Africa," Joburg is not what I envision. Not that it's not a nice place (my wife lived there and loved it) just that you've flown over* a lot of real Africa by the time you land in Joburg. (* okay, near. not over.)


I think the pushback against CLT is because cost per emplanement is literally it's only advantage over MIA or PHL. PHL actually does have a decent African population. MIA's is fairly small, but it's larger than Charlotte's. CLT's O/D traffic to Africa is extremely small - you'd be talking about almost exclusively connections with a flight like that. PHL and MIA would at least offer some originating traffic. Even if it's not much, it's almost certainly enough to overcome the CPE advantage that CLT has.


May I confirm that there is an active West African immigrant community in Philadelphia; not spectacularly large, nor what I would rely on for a daily flight on O&D alone, but enough to start with, and leverage PHL's connecting hub and air cargo strengths for the rest of the plane. This in reference to a flight to CMN for connections onwards, but I could also see something unusual from this adventurous AA, like a direct flight to LOS or ACC. Countries developing shale gas would do as well with a PHL flight as with a DFW.

As for breaking the DL/SA duopoly at JNB, there really isn't much difference in terms of GC distance between AA's various Eastern US hubs, but MIA has the critical advantage of having much more favorable winds in the westbound direction than any other US destination, which is the direction in which it is likely an AA 787 may have payload-range issues. For that reason, I would expect MIA. As a caveat, though, if AA is changing it up and launches South Africa as a (northern hemisphere) winter seasonal, then factors like terminal capacity come into play; PHL Terminal A is a lot lonelier in the winter than MIA.
 
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Re: AA Considering A Return to India + Africa Routes

Tue Mar 05, 2019 3:28 am

D L X wrote:
bridge29 wrote:

Huh? If we're going by mileage, PHL is the closest hub to JNB.

http://www.gcmap.com/mapui?P=jnb-phl: 8,032 miles
http://www.gcmap.com/mapui?P=jnb-mia: 8,061 miles

PHL is also better optimized for connections from the Midwest and Northeast to South Africa. See ORD:

http://www.gcmap.com/mapui?P=ord-phl-jnb: 8,710 miles
http://www.gcmap.com/mapui?P=ord-mia-jnb: 9,257 miles

CLT:
http://www.gcmap.com/mapui?P=clt-phl-jnb: 8,480 miles
http://www.gcmap.com/mapui?P=clt-mia-jnb: 8,711 miles

********

The South African diaspora is not really a factor for these flights, we're talking a pretty minuscule population in the U.S. There are only 5,000 in the Miami-Fort Lauderdale metro, for example, and 8,000 in the NYC metro. For Miami-Fort Lauderdale, that's a grand total of 0.1% of the MSA's population.

If we're going by African population, then the case for PHL is much stronger than MIA or even DFW. NYC, DC, Minneapolis and Philly all have very large African immigrant populations. Those connections work better through PHL. I'm still not convinced that they would start a flight merely based on the ethnic population of the MSA, though.

Now, maybe AA would consider the flight based on business connections or leisure connections from U.S. tourists (see success of PHL-PRG, PHL-BUD and upcoming PHL-DBV flights).

THANK YOU!!!

This was the point I was trying to make. MIA to Africa doesn't appear to me to make any more sense than any other east coast hub. It's not closer and it doesn't have a large African population. The idea that local markets would support the flight seems untenable to me.

SO if we're not relying on O/D, then we're relying on connections. AA has an EXCELLENT hub for connections that is dirt cheap to operate. It isn't MIA. It isn't PHL. It isn't DFW. So why are we laughing at CLT? If we're laughing at CLT, then we really should simply be laughing at AA for attempting Africa at all.

(Now, I say this being unaware of a large African population in Philly. If that's the case, then PHL makes sense.)

PS: as a Black guy, when someone says "Africa," Joburg is not what I envision. Not that it's not a nice place (my wife lived there and loved it) just that you've flown over* a lot of real Africa by the time you land in Joburg. (* okay, near. not over.)


Yes! Thank you for this non-eurocentric and geographically assertive reply. There is a very high chance that AA will not step foot on anywhere south of Cameroon. The bulk of the money in Africa lies on and above the Equator.
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Re: AA Considering A Return to India + Africa Routes

Tue Mar 05, 2019 4:26 am

devmapper wrote:
iyerhari wrote:
UA benefits significantly from their AI codeshare.


Not to hijack a thread about AA, but UA and AI don't have codeshare. If they did, AI would be flying double daily flights to EWR and ORD and daily flights to IAD.

Re: AA to India, the safest origin would probably be JFK, the most profitable would probably be DFW and the out-of-the-box origin would be LAX (especially with a codeshare on AS to SJC). On the flip side, JFK yields would be terrible, DFW would be stretching the limits of any aircraft other than 77L and AA is terrible at LAX, not to mention having to compete with CX.

For all the people talking about a potential PHL-India flight, I'd like to point out that no one from the IAD or the EWR/JFK catchment areas would drive all the way to PHL to catch a direct flight to India, especially when UA and AI are competing for their business. I don't have the factfinder.census.gov report handy, so going by Wikipedia's numbers here, PHL area has about 90k people of Indian origin. Since NA-India flights are still predominantly VFR, that number has to be bolstered significantly by connecting passengers in order to make PHL-India work. QR also siphons away a significant chunk of the addressable market, which makes it so much more harder to sustain a PHL-India non-stop.


I think you're underestimating the chance of PHL working. How do you know people that currently drive up to EWR/JFK today don't live closer to PHL, like my Indian parents in Central Jersey (EWR is technically closer, but PHL is way closer than JFK).

And plus PHL could easily be bolstered by connecting passengers given its sizable connecting traffic.

I have doubts of it working, the same way I have doubts that DL's JFK/ATL-BOM flight that is rumored can work. I honestly wonder how UA has made it work all these years (and I'm a UA 1K 2nd generation Indian).

PHL-BOM/DEL makes a ton of sense in a vacuum, the only issues being the issues that would plague any US to Indian flight (high % of VFR, long stage length, etc.)
 
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Re: AA Considering A Return to India + Africa Routes

Tue Mar 05, 2019 5:00 am

I'm becoming more unclear why AA has a long haul component other than prestige, certainly at JFK. Their core business is selling miles to Citibank, followed by connecting flights through DFW and CLT. Flying to Africa or India plays to none of their strengths.
 
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Re: AA Considering A Return to India + Africa Routes

Tue Mar 05, 2019 9:01 pm

dmstorm22 wrote:
I think you're underestimating the chance of PHL working. How do you know people that currently drive up to EWR/JFK today don't live closer to PHL, like my Indian parents in Central Jersey (EWR is technically closer, but PHL is way closer than JFK).


Anecdotal evidence: I have close friends living in Allentown PA. They, along with all of their local friends, prefer to drive to EWR or in extreme cases to JFK, over flying out of PHL. That does not mean other people, especially those living closer to PHL wouldn't prefer it.
 
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Re: AA Considering A Return to India + Africa Routes

Wed Mar 06, 2019 4:03 am

devmapper wrote:
dmstorm22 wrote:
I think you're underestimating the chance of PHL working. How do you know people that currently drive up to EWR/JFK today don't live closer to PHL, like my Indian parents in Central Jersey (EWR is technically closer, but PHL is way closer than JFK).


Anecdotal evidence: I have close friends living in Allentown PA. They, along with all of their local friends, prefer to drive to EWR or in extreme cases to JFK, over flying out of PHL. That does not mean other people, especially those living closer to PHL wouldn't prefer it.

EWR is closer to Allentown than PHL. it’s a straight shot down I-78 and you don’t have to pass through the city.

Jfk though makes no damn sense unless they’re flying an airline that just doesn’t go to ewr and PHL.
 
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Re: AA Considering A Return to India + Africa Routes

Wed Mar 06, 2019 6:20 am

Would it not make sense for AA to enter in a JV with AT or QR ex LHR for an asset lite option into Africa or India?
 
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Re: AA Considering A Return to India + Africa Routes

Wed Mar 06, 2019 6:51 am

RichardWelling wrote:
Would it not make sense for AA to enter in a JV with AT or QR ex LHR for an asset lite option into Africa or India?


QR probably not with all the Air Italy stuff going on. AT... one day possibly. They're most likely going to do codeshare at the very least.
 
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Re: AA Considering A Return to India + Africa Routes

Wed Mar 06, 2019 9:17 am

KD5MDK wrote:
I'm becoming more unclear why AA has a long haul component other than prestige, certainly at JFK. Their core business is selling miles to Citibank, followed by connecting flights through DFW and CLT. Flying to Africa or India plays to none of their strengths.


You think there's logic behind AA's strategy at JFK?
 
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Re: AA Considering A Return to India + Africa Routes

Wed Mar 06, 2019 10:52 am

As for Africa I could see AA code share on RAM's CMN-MIA service due to commence next month insteaf of venturing at it alone. What could have potential due to the "oil traffic" is DFW- W.Africa. Considering RAM's strong presence in the region, AA could consider DFW-CMN, having access to dozens of destinations on the African continent.
 
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Re: AA Considering A Return to India + Africa Routes

Wed Mar 06, 2019 12:17 pm

With Royal Air Maroc, AA should fly to Casablanca from DFW and Chicago eventually CLT & PHL too. South Africa sounds great but its 15 hours away and one of the best served destinations in Africa. AA has better uses for 787-9 airplanes, Melbourne would be a great addition to the AA system. More flights to Tokyo would be great too.
 
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Re: AA Considering A Return to India + Africa Routes

Wed Mar 06, 2019 1:20 pm

D L X wrote:
This was the point I was trying to make. MIA to Africa doesn't appear to me to make any more sense than any other east coast hub. It's not closer and it doesn't have a large African population. The idea that local markets would support the flight seems untenable to me.

SO if we're not relying on O/D, then we're relying on connections. AA has an EXCELLENT hub for connections that is dirt cheap to operate. It isn't MIA. It isn't PHL. It isn't DFW. So why are we laughing at CLT? If we're laughing at CLT, then we really should simply be laughing at AA for attempting Africa at all.


MIA (and later FLL) already supported a flight to South Africa in the 1990s, until South African moved it to either ATL when they started a codeshare with Delta. It’s one of the few long haul routes out of MIA that hasn’t been resumed yet.



If SAA could make it work 20 years ago, AA should be able to nowadays.

CLT will never happen. AA didn’t even keep the Brazil flights out of there.
 
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Re: AA Considering A Return to India + Africa Routes

Wed Mar 06, 2019 1:26 pm

This is how a potential AA service out of DFW could complement AT's existing (and future) US service


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Re: AA Considering A Return to India + Africa Routes

Wed Mar 06, 2019 1:54 pm

Avionics09 wrote:
As for Africa I could see AA code share on RAM's CMN-MIA service due to commence next month insteaf of venturing at it alone. What could have potential due to the "oil traffic" is DFW- W.Africa. Considering RAM's strong presence in the region, AA could consider DFW-CMN, having access to dozens of destinations on the African continent.


DFW is not an oil market - the primary oil center is Houston, 250 miles (350 km) away and with its own major airline hub. DFW is a business center, and the oil business which is here is corporate office type business (i.e., the Exxon corporate offices). Having said that, DFW is a major fortress hub for AA and could work for connecting traffic, but so could MIA and PHL. I'm not that sure CLT makes sense though, from a purely business standpoint, but "not sure" doesn't mean "won't work" either.
 
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Re: AA Considering A Return to India + Africa Routes

Wed Mar 06, 2019 2:02 pm

OB1504 wrote:
MIA (and later FLL) already supported a flight to South Africa in the 1990s, until South African moved it to either ATL when they started a codeshare with Delta. It’s one of the few long haul routes out of MIA that hasn’t been resumed yet.

If SAA could make it work 20 years ago, AA should be able to nowadays.


SAA made it work when there was only a single airline flying the route with far less capacity available through Europe and the Middle East. Furthermore, fuel prices were much lower which made the cost curve for ultra long haul flights a lot more pleasant.

One has seen similar changes between Europe and Australia during this time. At the time SAA served MIA, QF had four daily flights to Europe and BA two (plus) daily flights to Australia. Look at their operations now ...
 
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Re: AA Considering A Return to India + Africa Routes

Wed Mar 06, 2019 7:22 pm

I am sure if AA and QR teams up, AA could fly to India via DOH. QR was open to a JV with AA years ago.
 
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Re: AA Considering A Return to India + Africa Routes

Wed Mar 06, 2019 7:33 pm

J343 wrote:
I am sure if AA and QR teams up, AA could fly to India via DOH. QR was open to a JV with AA years ago.


QR was open to it but AA threw a temper tantrum and severed ties. After getting stung by the stupidity of that move, AA had to do something to avoid looking like they completely threw in the towel on India and Africa, hence this move.
 
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Re: AA Considering A Return to India + Africa Routes

Wed Mar 06, 2019 7:43 pm

D L X wrote:
This was the point I was trying to make. MIA to Africa doesn't appear to me to make any more sense than any other east coast hub. It's not closer and it doesn't have a large African population. The idea that local markets would support the flight seems untenable to me.


It's a two part equation though. It's not just what is closer, it's what is close but has the least backtracking. While JNB-PHL and JNB-MIA are very close in distance (8,032 mi and 8,061 mi, respectively), let's take a look at adding a few connecting options onto it:

West Coast is much the same:
JNB-PHL-LAX 10,433 mi
JNB-MIA-LAX 10,403 mi

Texas is shorter through MIA:
JNB-PHL-IAH 9,356 mi
JNB-MIA-IAH 9,025 mi

Midwest is shorter through PHL:
JNB-PHL-ORD 8,710 mi
JNB-MIA-ORD 9,257 mi

MIA is much further south than PHL, but PHL is much further east than MIA, so it depends on where AA expects to feed its traffic as to what hub is "closer". But then also, which has the best O&D traffic. I don't for a minute doubt the discussion on here regarding which cities have the largest African diasporas, the high yield traffic is not likely to come from this market so I doubt this will affect the decision.
 
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Re: AA Considering A Return to India + Africa Routes

Wed Mar 06, 2019 7:54 pm

evanb wrote:
D L X wrote:
This was the point I was trying to make. MIA to Africa doesn't appear to me to make any more sense than any other east coast hub. It's not closer and it doesn't have a large African population. The idea that local markets would support the flight seems untenable to me.


It's a two part equation though. It's not just what is closer, it's what is close but has the least backtracking. While JNB-PHL and JNB-MIA are very close in distance (8,032 mi and 8,061 mi, respectively), let's take a look at adding a few connecting options onto it:

West Coast is much the same:
JNB-PHL-LAX 10,433 mi
JNB-MIA-LAX 10,403 mi

Texas is shorter through MIA:
JNB-PHL-IAH 9,356 mi
JNB-MIA-IAH 9,025 mi

Midwest is shorter through PHL:
JNB-PHL-ORD 8,710 mi
JNB-MIA-ORD 9,257 mi

MIA is much further south than PHL, but PHL is much further east than MIA, so it depends on where AA expects to feed its traffic as to what hub is "closer". But then also, which has the best O&D traffic. I don't for a minute doubt the discussion on here regarding which cities have the largest African diasporas, the high yield traffic is not likely to come from this market so I doubt this will affect the decision.


Given this methodology, assuming AA roughly serves the whole country equally.... the mean center of population of the US is in southern Missouri, with the closest airport being SGF.

Considering all their hubs, CLT is actually the shortest connection point for SGF-JNB. Not to mention it is the most centrally located of the east coast hubs and provides the most connectivity.
 
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Re: AA Considering A Return to India + Africa Routes

Wed Mar 06, 2019 9:00 pm

mikejepp wrote:
Given this methodology, assuming AA roughly serves the whole country equally.... the mean center of population of the US is in southern Missouri, with the closest airport being SGF.

Considering all their hubs, CLT is actually the shortest connection point for SGF-JNB. Not to mention it is the most centrally located of the east coast hubs and provides the most connectivity.


But AA don't serve the whole country equally ...

AA are particularly weak in the midwest where they are probably well behind Delta and United in terms of market share. Areas of the country where they have much better market share include Texas and the South West, and South Florida.
 
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Re: AA Considering A Return to India + Africa Routes

Wed Mar 06, 2019 10:04 pm

I don't see AA flying to anywhere in Africa other than an airport that is tied with RAM, so most likely CMN.
 
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Re: AA Considering A Return to India + Africa Routes

Wed Mar 06, 2019 10:58 pm

MIA to South Africa or hubs with big populations to CMN are the only routes that make sense for AA to Africa.

As mentioned above, DFW is not an oil market! IAH is the oil market in Texas. DFW has some HQs, but the employees and commercial airline travelers are in IAH. DFW to West Africa would be a total waste of a plane (maybe slightly less of a waste than ORD or CLT).

India seems like a money losing proposition. Between connections via Europe and the ME3 in most AA hubs that could support India flights, I just don't see this working. Not to disappoint the AUS, BNA, CLT, PHX, RDU fans, it's not happening.
 
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Re: AA Considering A Return to India + Africa Routes

Wed Mar 06, 2019 11:45 pm

jfk777 wrote:
With Royal Air Maroc, AA should fly to Casablanca from DFW and Chicago eventually CLT & PHL too. South Africa sounds great but its 15 hours away and one of the best served destinations in Africa. AA has better uses for 787-9 airplanes, Melbourne would be a great addition to the AA system. More flights to Tokyo would be great too.


AA should dust the cobwebs off of the old TWA codeshare agreement with Royal Air Maroc. Talk about back to the future! https://aviationweek.com/awin/twa-royal ... code-share
 
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Re: AA Considering A Return to India + Africa Routes

Thu Mar 14, 2019 4:49 pm

 
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Re: AA Considering A Return to India + Africa Routes

Thu Mar 14, 2019 5:09 pm

Ishrion wrote:


Eh, take that with a grain of salt, just like the Skift article. What was actually written in the responses was:

For Africa: "We are always looking at new opportunities, like Africa, but no firm plans at this time."

For India: "No plans at this time."

The "at this time" is a total waffle phrase. The Skift article says that the plans would only come to fruition (if they happen, obviously) after the next batch of Dreamliners arrives. That's definitely not "at this time", so the two answers aren't mutually exclusive. Something along the lines of "We're thinking about it in a few years, but nothing definite and definitely not soon."

Note: I'm not saying I think AA will or won't fly to Africa and India, just that Gary's article and the Skift article can both be right, since they're addressing different timelines.
 
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Re: AA Considering A Return to India + Africa Routes

Thu Mar 14, 2019 5:21 pm

they have said "no plans at this time" to DBV and it was announced months later.

CMN at the least will happen.
 
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Re: AA Considering A Return to India + Africa Routes

Thu Mar 14, 2019 5:44 pm

wenders825 wrote:
they have said "no plans at this time" to DBV and it was announced months later.

CMN at the least will happen.


That's a great example of "no plans at this time", thanks for mentioning that. It's important to understand the setting where these meetings take place. It's a gathering of employees who all want their pet route ideas to be realized. There's also a certain need for confidentiality on some of these routes, either because of governmental approvals, or competitive reasons, or something else. So no, the NP department isn't going to go spilling the beans of everything they have in the works because they know it won't stay in that room or on that website (obviously, or Gary wouldn't have gotten it). So "no plans at this time" is essentially saying "maybe, maybe not". It's a disappointing answer, but it does make sense from AA's perspective.

Also, I agree about CMN. I think there's a solid chance that that's the only African route under consideration, though I sure hope I'm wrong.
 
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Re: AA Considering A Return to India + Africa Routes

Sat Mar 23, 2019 12:44 am

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