CDG - This will very likely come back. CDG is AA's #2 station in Europe and AA has strong POS on the France side. Have flown it a lot pre COVID and it seems to alternate a bit between being full and occasionally being empty, but the route has existed since 1987.
I can't respond intelligently to your overall post, but I would like to ask, for anybody who knows, why is this so with CDG? Seems odd to me that CDG would be their #2 European station/spoke given it's a SkyTeam hub and they shouldn't have any feed on that end; also seems strange that they'd have strong POS on the French side. What gives?
It's a good question. Outside of COVID19, AA serves CDG year round from JFK, PHL, MIA, DFW and seasonally from CLT (a second frequency from DFW), and also from ORD. In the past, AA also flew BOS-Paris. It is a good question, given the absence of feed on the CDG end, but Paris is, in normal times, a major destination for tourism and for business, and AA has been in the market a very long time. The JFK service was launched in 1987 and at one point, was 2 x daily. On the PHL/MIA/DFW/CLT/ORD end, AA has plenty of feed given the hub status each of these airports have. AA's history with Paris is interesting. It served the market at ORY, not CDG, until the mid-2000s and was the last of the US carriers to move to CDG. The cargo and passenger demand is definitely there to make the route profitable and likely for the same reason UA has a good footprint on US-Paris service as well, flying it (again, in normal non-COVID land) EWR, SFO, ORD, IAD. By some measures, CDG is the #2 destination in Europe after LHR. The AA footprint at CDG is pretty good, with a nice Admiral's Club of a decent size and offering. The POS strength in France may be a combination of factors, including the large amount of business traffic between the two countries and specifically for the US ones, the ones that have AA as their preferred carrier.
Another good comparison is AMS and UA. It always has been a strong station for UA, in spite of no feed on the AMS end. UA has service there currently, from EWR, IAD, ORD, IAH, and SFO was added I think in 2019.