sagechan wrote:Philly65 wrote:USAirALB wrote:In light of today's announcement regarding JFK-ATH/TLV, and this past weekend's OAG update showing a number of short-haul runs ex PHL were suspended outright (or reduced) and transferred to CLT, I am starting to question AA's role at PHL going forward. I don't think it would be de-hubbed, but it just seems interesting.
On a different note, I fail to see how the AS partnership helps AA in LAX. AA serves more destinations ex LAX than AS does, and the only "unique" AS routes ex LAX that AA does not fly are BOI/BWI/DAL/PAE/RSW/FLL*/GDL/ZIH/LIB/LTO/ZLO/MZT/EWR*/GEG. Sure that is a decent number, but it isn't anything truly unique, except for maybe the Mexican resort network.
*Routes AA used to fly nonstop ex LAX
American hired a planner with UAL experience and knows the value of NYC. I would be surprised if this agreement is approved without massive divestitures from both AA and B6. Then your comment re PHL some 90 miles to the southwest, which may get the interest of Southwest. We'll see but giving this 40-60 chance of approval. It is not critical for AA IMO.
It's a codeshare not any kind of integration. It will go through easily with no divestures but may have limits on ability to codeshare on certain competitive routes and/or guarantees to not drop certain routes for a period of time
Time will tell but almost certain this "interline" arrangement will be challenged. And just wait for AA labor unions to have their say.