onwFan wrote:TYWoolman wrote:Delta needs to be expanding in all the domestic markets excluded in AL/AA codeshares. American launching an expanded capacity/ frequency response then means competing with its new buddy for gates in Seattle eroding AL market share. Alaska unions won't be so happy with the partnerships unintended consequences.
This is exactly where AS being a member of oneworld will help. For e.g. in this case, from the customer’s point of view, they will have 3x on DL vs 18x on AA/AS to Dallas (AA/AS may even increase). It is inevitable that on such overlapping routes, DL will only be able 09to build a token presence, while AS/AA will have more flexibility in terms of schedule. Your suggestion that DL can give AS a run for their money by launching routes like SEA-DFW sounds hardly credible.
Delta already is giving them a run for their money by Alaska cementing their future on relying upon another airline to compete.