I would love to see Delta retaliate by opening up an international route in PHX to either South America or Asia. That would be a great FU to AA since they treat PHX like a red-headed stepchild.
DL isn't going to start any int'l. routes out of PHX, and AA doesn't treat PHX like a red-headed stepchild. Any DL retaliation/counter-move to this AA/AS deal will come at SEA itself (DL building it up even more than they've already done) or at MIA with their new LATAM partnership.
Losing our hometown airline and headquarters didn't endear me to AA, but just added to my disdain. Perhaps, I just have an axe to grind with them from years ago that I never got over due to their continued lousy "customer service" and superior attitude at DFW. My Mom used to work for AA. We were flying non-rev years ago from DFW to ORD and upgraded to first class. One of their lousy gate agents (I have worse names for him - drama queen being one of them) basically pulled us out of first class simply because I was wearing a pair of $300 Versace pants that he thought
were jeans (they weren't jeans, didn't look or feel like jeans). It was entirely an embarrassing situation that I subsequently reported to AA once we landed in ORD.
Ah, well...things like that happen in mergers, and it was inconceivable that AA's HQ would have wound up anywhere other than DFW. At least they didn't close down the PHX hub as happened to other hubs in other mergers (like MEM, CVG, etc.). I can empathize with your axe to grind based on the experience you relate, that was ridiculous...I remember those dress codes from when I used to non-rev (my dad worked for KE) and it was just nonsensical...non-rev's were not supposed to discuss their status with revenue pax, yet you could easily pick out all the non-rev's based on how they were dressed! Crazy.