AA is not closing LAX. Please.
It's feeder airline at LAX is literally shutting down on April 7th. It will reshuffle things in May. I believe the planes are being transferred to another one of AA's feeder carriers.
They are not closing LAX, but the station will resemble a focus city not hub. Even AA has publicly stated China flights most likely will not be back. As I stated a few days ago, the LAX hub is not necessary anymore after dropping the China flights - which represented half of its TPAC gateway. This news is now public (see link below). The TPAC flights that remain are easily filled via code share and feed from a handful of routes that will remain non-stop (DFW, ORD, JFK, LAS, PHL, BOS, PHX, MIA). PHX is the better domestic connecting option over LAX for a myriad of reasons. https://thepointsguy.com/news/american- ... ronavirus/
1. Let the record show that article was written before the AS/AA partnership was announced.
2. Let the record also show that they said they were “considering” ending service, no where does it say those flights will most likely not be back.
3. Mainland China isn’t half of TPAC from LAX, they have a JV with Qantas & JAL and AA operates 2xHND, HKG, SYD, AKL, and soon CHC on its own metal.(AA currently has more TPAC metal from LAX than UA & DL IIRC)
4. Cutting down LAX to a focus city would significantly cut down connectivity to TPAC destinations from dozens of destinations. HKG-LAX alone was has 4 total flights (AA+CX), the remaining hubs have 2 (not including JFK). Not to mention passengers having to back track to DFW, since AA has no codeshare partners on PVG or PEK to the US
5. Cutting down domestic service would significantly weaken JV & codeshare flights to LAX. For example, QF’s Australia-LAX flights are only 1/3rd O&D (per DOT filings). Through its codeshares/JV's LAX is the only AA hub with service to KIX, AKL, MEL, CAN, SHE, PPT, HEL(year-round), BNE (ORD is coming), CHC (soon), & probably some others that I left out
6. The whole point of the AS partnership from AA’s end is for AS to feed AA’s long-haul network, without a hub in LAX, the partnership adds little value for AA.
7. It sounds like you are suggesting AA will reduce to DFW, ORD, JFK, LAS, PHL, BOS, PHX, & MIA domestically from LAX. If that is what you are suggesting, that is wrong. Even if AA were to cut LAX to a focus city, they would retain service to DCA, not to mention numerous other routes where they are performing well. If AA were to drop service that low they would essentially be gifting DL & UA an enormous present
8. From a logistical point of view, as I have pointed out earlier, most connections through PHX are redundant if LAX & DFW remain hubs. It should be clear at this point that AA wants East-West connections to fly through DFW, why AA has remained committed to PHX is the O&D and the ideal winter seasonal traffic.
I thought for AA China at LAX was very connection heavy. Was just thinking with the new AS relationship, they have feed to even more cities out of SEA. I would guess the Chinese Airlines have the O&D china originating passengers anyway. I don't see US businesses making people travel to China anytime soon.
China is already recovering from Corona, rest of the world is mostly still in the thick of it, and will be for some time. Asian countries are actually trying to ban US travelers nowhttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-heal ... SKBN21K0N0
In theory Can AA move it's China flights from LAX to SEA?
In theory they could, but it wouldn't help them. From what they are saying, it sounds like the primary reason they are doing BLR from SEA is because of range not so that they can go directly h2h with DL's TPAC hub.