ContinentalEWR wrote:bfitzflyer wrote:Going to be interesting to see who blinks first here. DL, VS, BA, B6, UA, AA.?
UA and AA IMHO. B6 has less to lose, really. It will be an A321, smaller plane, less capacity risk, has a big presence in BOS, and more than likely, LGW and not really all that relevant or much of a competitive threat. I suspect UA will be the first to blink, followed by AA.
AA are part of the JBA with BA. While AA resuming the route gets them a headline, it is really just shuffling a BA frequency to AA.
DL/VS and BA/AA will always have at least one of the pair on the route, probably/maybe both. If one of the partners withdraws it really doesn’t mean much in the scheme of things.
UA and B6 are wild cards, and both are precarious. UA is a known force, but has little strategic relevance in the Boston market. B6 have a loyal following in the market, but will be trying an entirely new venture and flying to LGW (or STN?). It won’t be a slam dunk, especially if any/many of their FFs opt to fly AA to LHR.