Honestly, at this point in time I think that AA needs to focus it's strengths on where they clearly perform well, and unfortunately that isn't in Asia. The DFW-Asia flights work, but for many areas of the country DFW is simply too far south to be a proper Asian hub. AA sadly just does have any good options for serving Asia. MIA obviously won't work. ORD has too much competition from both UA and other Asian carriers. PHX/CLT have essentially no local market, and CLT isn't geographically great (see MIA). PHL would be good from a geographical perspective, but doesn't have enough local demand either. LAX has the local market, but is situated too far Southwest for connections, and has a ton of competition, especially from Asian carriers.
All that's left is DFW, which has shown to work. Before all of this happened, I had hoped that one day AA would launch SIN/TPE/ICN ex LAX but I doubt it is likely that we would ever see any of those routes come to fruition at this point.
Frankly I don't see AA doing West Coast-China routes in the long run. It's simply too cut throat and a waste of resources. I do believe that they will make another attempt at LAX-HKG. There isn't as much competition and it's a relatively premium market. I am willing to bet either DL and/or UA also call it quits on LAX-PVG in the future. IIRC, I recently saw a document that said LAX-HKG had higher loads than DFW-HKG, so I am guessing the yields might not have been great or bookings went way down due to the situation in HKG combined with COVID.
For a good number of cities in the country, even medium sized ones, it's impossible for folks to get to Asia without making a double connection, which simply isn't acceptable for high-yielding traffic. Cities like ALB/PVD are cut off from accessing AA's Asian network without a one-stop. SEA isn't going to fix that, but frankly neither will keeping the levels of service at LAX.
I do think it would likely be in AA's benefit to launch PHL-NRT in the future (on AA or JL metal) and I think somehow abandoning LAX somewhat increases the likelihood of that happening IMO.
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