vadodara wrote:Seems like AS has figured out how to grow these markets profitably.
a) extend the network to Pacific NW
b) pick transcon's to leisure/seasonal markets
Not a bad strategy; it allows its presence to grow in S Cal and probably offers a future launch pad to other destinations such as RDU, AUS and perhaps even iAH/ATL.
While VX never served Atlanta or Houston, VX had considered adding service to ATL and Houston prior to the AS-VX merger.
However, AS adding LAX-ATL/IAH and SFO-ATL/IAH nonstop service might be possibilities with
(a) ATL and IAH both being top destinations that AS doesn't currently serve nonstop from California,
(b) AS having a FF base (including the former VX FF base) in the San Francisco Bay Area and Greater Los Angeles to support LAX-ATL/IAH and SFO-ATL/IAH nonstop service on AS, and
(c) VX having considered serving these two destinations nonstop from SFO and LAX prior to the VX-AS merger.
While VX had never served AUS nonstop from LAX, VX adding LAX-AUS nonstop service might have happened if VX were still around and the AS-VX merger hadn't taken place. AS adding LAX-AUS nonstop service might still be a possibility with AS's FF base in Greater Los Angeles, the AS-AA partnership, AA's FF base in both Greater Los Angeles and Greater Austin, and the former VX FF base in Greater Los Angeles.