sabby wrote:If AA have corporate contracts with a handful of the large Investment Banks at NY/NJ, they can try JFK-BLR. Pretty much all the big banks have their back offices in BLR and they are the only firms who still allow J fares for all IT employees for long hauls unlike most of the typical IT firms. NYC would ensure larger number of O&D customers who will pay premium for non-stop, along with the contracts and nearby connections at both ends, this route could get AA on India without a single competitor but more yield compared to BOM or DEL. The route is 7200nm though so they may need to block seats or make a more premium heavy config when they get their second batch of 789s.
Let's see them run one India route from a hub that actually works before we start thinking they can take a bite on the NY-India market (especially to BLR,which neither AI or UA have tried yet).
Also, a lot of the major banks have their back offices spread out around India, be it Navi Mumbai, or Gurgaon, etc.
I think it's only a matter of time before either AI/UA (or throw AA in there if you want) starts a Bangalore route, but think it's either SFO, or EWR where it comes from.