usflyer msp wrote:stl07 wrote:At the end of the day, it's still a random city in NC with no major business connections to Asia. Sorry if that bursts anyone's bubble.
But to CLT's credit, they are already doing REALLY well domestically for their city size. Other cities like my hometown of STL could only dream of having that much service
Exactly. I like CLT (my best friend is moving there this week) but it is not a global city. I flew MSP-CLT-BCN-DME-ASB on AA/S7 when I went to Turkmenistan last year and when our group (I was the only American) was discussing how each of us got to Turkmenistan no one knew what or where CLT was.
The other factor is catchment area overlap. For a DL flyer, if you are based in MIA, JAX, MEM, RDU, AUS, IAH etc. you're going to ATL to go anywhere. This is not true for AA. AA has MIA, DFW in that same broader catchment area as CLT. As a result, CLT serves a different purpose as a low cost and very busy connecting hub, while DFW plays the jack-of-all-trades and MIA is focused on Latin America and Caribbean.
CLT can compliment the other AA hubs (and vice versa) vs competing with them or having to do it all (like ATL). For this reason, there is no incentive to try to force something into CLT when AA has other hubs they can use for Asia that also have O&D.