jplatts wrote:MSPNWA wrote:tphuang wrote:I do wonder how long is AA going to be able to keep these JFK slots. I'm sure they can still sell those for value. The MAX grounding is just an excuse. There is no reason for them to keep some of these routes going if they schedule them and then cut them for many months.
It's a legit reason because of the MAX. It may be a convenient reason to trim the weakest flights when forced to cut capacity due to loss of aircraft, but something has to give when dozens of aircraft are out of service. Do you really expect them to cut at DFW, ORD, MIA, PHL, CLT, LAX, etc. instead?
I would to like to see someone try to force AA to give up JFK slots when the have the MAX reasoning to fall back on. Good luck with that one.
I agree with your point regarding AA not currently using some of its JFK slots as AA is facing a mainline narrowbody plane shortage due to both the retirement of its MD-80's and the 737 MAX not yet back in service.
What does the airport authority care about the Max grounding?
What do the concession owners care?
The taxi drivers?
The city that depends on visitors?
The Max and subsequent plane shortage is AAs problem...especially if there are airlines waiting for slots.
And how many AA Maxs landed at JFK prior to the grounding? Zero?
So what case is AA making to keep the slots?
“A plane that never saw JFK for our operation is now grounded. So we decided to take the planes from JFK to backfill at other hubs as they are more profitable for us. So...leave our slots vacant for us so we can come back one day...maybe.
Good luck with that...