ctrabs0114 wrote:tphuang wrote:*AA LAX-SFO OCT 11>8 NOV 11>8 DEC 11>8 JAN 11>8 FEB 11>8 MAR 11>8
are they upgauging LAX? Quite a bit of reduction going on.
Did a dummy booking for LAX-SFO in mid-March: 4 mainline (3x 738, 1x 319) and 4 regional (Compass E75) both directions. Compare to mid-July, where it's 5 E175 regionals and 3 mainline (2x A319, 1x A321), and you could argue there's increased seat capacity in March with one of the Compass regionals upgauged to mainline.
I believe it is upgauged. They had previously downgauged to all regional while keeping frequency. Looks like they are now cutting frequency to upgauge again. There is a thread on FT called is AA actively trying to kill LAX-SFO.
Now this route is one where everyone aside from UA is losing a lot of money. So given AA's weak financial performance overall and at LAX, it's not a surprise they blink before DL or WN. But given that they have no other options in west coast or any expensive projects out there like DL's buildup in SEA or AS and WN's california battle, they are really not in a position to back off from such an important route.
Not only that, they are down to 4x daily on LAX-SEA. Their entire offering along the west coast is quite noncompetitive. Which is quite surprising compared to what they have transcon out of LAX. They have kept their schedule to BOS, ATL and MCO despite hemorrhaging money on all of them?