Ionosphere wrote:apodino wrote:HPAEAA wrote:
Was surprised by a few of these as well but it’s impossible to tell the reasoning, Max is likely part of it, but aa could have issues on a few fronts- deferred maintenance schedules from this summer could be catching up with them on the 738 fleet, MD80s are exiting in early September and there’s also the contract issues with the maintenance unions... given the pain of being an AA customer this summer, they probably could use a few more spares....
The MAX issues is definitely 100 percent the reason behind both the MIA and the well documented JFK pulldowns. A couple of points on why these stations are getting picked on. First, according to Doug Parker, MIA and NYC in general, along with LAX, are the least profitable hubs/cornerstones in the AA network. Naturally when other hubs like CLT and DFW are more profitable, they are more likely to retain service in the event of something like this. Secondly, by going after longer stage length flights, it lessens the impact to the entire operation so the fewest number of passengers possible are affected. Just about all of the 737 cancels in JFK, save for possibly DCA and CLT, have stage lengths over three hours, and save for the Texas markets, over 5 hours. DCA is an easy pull back as well because NYC-WAS is just as easily served from LGA. (Which I know also saw a reduction in frequency, but someone may want to check to see if there was an equipment upgauge with the 190 fleet starting to be pulled back. Also, most of the affected MIA flights are also very long stage lengths as well. VVI is concerning because AA went to just a round trip here because the 757 is being migrated away from MIA and there is no other airplane that can reasonably serve LPB (Which now appears to have had more passengers than VVI)
The bottom line is NYC is always going to be a battle, and Doug Parker decided to give all the slots away to Delta years ago, so AA is just having a hard time making anything stick, and the MAX outages combined with the JFK runway issues are not helping. MIA right now is concerning. This is one of AA's bread and butter hubs historically, and for management to say its profitability is comparable to NYC and LAX is scary. But right now, AA's focus is clearly on CLT and DFW, and you can bet money they would love more DCA slots as well.
I'm surprised MIA isn't more profitable. Wasn't MIA one of the most profitable hubs about 10 years ago?
It was, but several south American/Latam countries have had economic issues the past few years, I think they’re back in growth mode now but stagnation & recessions were an issue for a while..