Personally, I see American realizing that Delta made a logistical hub mistake by alienating Alaska in Seattle, a mistake American will not likely mistake with their Seattle focus city.
Going forward I also see Delta and American international ops being complimentary to one another to restrict foreign competition in Seattle, also with the ability to supplement Alaska’s ops with the ability to FIM on Delta and vice versus when irregular ops happen due to congestion, weather, unforeseen events, misconnects, or technical computer breakdowns which among the three carriers, will sometimes happen in Seattle.
AA acts as a big boy carrier. Alaska acts as a mature carrier. Delta is starting to realize, yeah we screwed up in Seattle regarding the INFRASTRUCTURE realities of Seattle, and could really have benefited by cooperating with Alaska.
Delta might realize now, not being so adversarial in Seattle or the West Coast will be their strongest hand now with the OneWorld thing. Alaska’s and American’s mature history towards meeting the needs of their business traveler will hopefully make SEA a premier hub instead of the “total show,” it has become due to Delta’s insistence upon loading capacity into an airport that is so over constrained and bursting with yield not warranting such foot traffic.
Congratulations to OneWord. I think Alaska will be a good addition to OneWorld, and hopefully in time should make SEA the premier mostly point to point destination again it once was instead of the connecting mess it is thanks to the need for Alaska NOT give one inch to Delta and the show SEA has become thanks to the recent misguided approach by from Atlanta.
Here is a little more history of the American Eagles “brand” predecessor airlines.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Business_Express_Airlines