AirFiero wrote:YouGeeElWhy wrote:questions wrote:It is very simple DL does not have the planes for SEA-BLR. The 77Ls are all accounted for and that is the only machine DL has that could make the flight. DL is going to use JFK for their India flights, which is fine. NYC will get BLR eventually be it UA or DL.
I have said this before on other threads. DL’s international network strategy is different that UA’s and AA’s.
However, SEA-BLR is a good example as to whether DL missed a “select markets” opportunity. Certainly DL is smart in analyzing future route potential and profitability.
The questions are:
Did DL underestimate SEA-BLR O&D nonstop demand?
Does AS’s feed into SEA make a case for SEA-BLR that DL would never have?
Is DL sitting back shaking their heads knowing this will not work for AA?
Are there other SEA to non-partner hubs (SkyTeam or oneworld) that are underserved nonstop?
If DL believes there is money to be made with a nonstop flight and/or overall market share in SEA will be at risk by not offering nonstop flights their customers (corporate and premium) want, DL will have a competitive response.
AA did not have enough feed to make NYC work for them, so SEA and the west coast is where they threw their hat in for India, which makes a lot of sense for them.
I’ve seen folks here say the A350 can’t fly SEA-BLR, but the 787s can. My understanding is the A350 is Airbus’s answer to the
787? Is the 787 that much more capable, or for Airbuses sake they built a plane that was supposed to compete but didn’t?
Its not that the 350 can't, it's DL's 350s can't. They opted for a lower MTOW (and subsequently less range)
MAH4546 wrote:YouGeeElWhy wrote:MAH4546 wrote:Mileage Plan does not earn EQM today on AA, so I am not sure what you are on about that.And it is hardly a guess. 25% is what AS elites flying AA internationally currently earn.
I have a bridge to sell you if you think AS is not going to have a favorable chart for AA when it comes to EQM/Bonus Miles/etc...
Mileage plan earns miles today on international flights. When EQM is added, like other partners, the rate will be the same as base miles. You are dead wrong in thinking they are going to be “favorable.” It’ll be 25% as it already is.
https://www.alaskaair.com/content/milea ... verview:AA
I suspect SEA originating AA INTL flights will have a bump to make them more favorable for AS flyers since it is pretty much all AS providing the feed.