bourbon wrote:David_itl wrote:Cointrin330 wrote:Not at all surprising as as KEF and PRG are leisure routes. The MAN cut is a bit surprising though it does further illustrate (as was discussed in the EI starting MAN-BOS/JFK/MCO flights) that the market doesn't really work well and isn't profitable.
NO it does not.at all. The route started in 1998 and got upgraded to A330s inside 9 months due to the pointy end bit of the 767 being filled. That AA has run down JFK, ORD and PHL by putting on inferior aircraft then introducing an unreliable aircraft before really going after the regular premium payer by messing around with the frequency tells us all about how serious AA has been about MAN ops since getting into bed with BA. If the MAN market isn't there for profitable transatlantic ops, why was Thomas Cook Airlines projected to make £115 million profit predominately on the back of point to point long-haul traffic ex-MAN with no business class?
Thomas Cook went under and didn’t make that 155mill profit.
US Air aircraft were absolute dumps. MAN might have been one place they could fill a plane up to for profit because the other airlines were making money on routes of actual significance.
That AA you keep talking about btw are the execs from America West and US Air that ruined American Airlines.
Thomas Cook's airline served leisure markets, and those markets aren't serviceable at the moment so in the current environment, the airline entity, if it were still around, wouldn't be flying anything but vaccines. USAirways was a miserable airline that should have gone out of business for good in 2004, and it almost did, but the HP merger saved it. While the current AA leadership may not be in the same league as UA/DL and often does not even seem to try, the fact is they didn't ruin AA. American was also a dump of an airline before the merger, and getting worse, flying old planes with outdated products. The merger with US was the only choice AA had, and in some clear ways, it ensured AA's survival.