… your statement that AA plans to go to all 757s from the West Coast to Hawaii was made on assumption only and is thus unsubstantiated, you don't know for sure.
I would expect that somebody who claims their occupation is an airline analyst and hints at working for AA
would be less careless in their responses. I never claimed AA
plans to go ‘all 757 from the West Coast to Hawaii,’ I stated that the vast majority of AA
flights from the WC
to Hawaii would be operated with B757. Anybody can check AA
’s timetable for this summer on AA
.com to see that my claim is substantiated and not an assumption.
Also, you're assuming that AA doesn't add seats back to the 763 as well, bringing the economics in line with the 757.
- Why would I assume that, considering AA
claims they’re committed to MTRC on the B763.
- Even if one were to eliminate MTRC from the B763, the aircraft will still have the premium J cabin.
The fact is, AA will probably stick with the 763 in some form or another…
And I’m not denying that. I claimed that ‘most’ WC
to Hawaii flights are being replaced with B757, you claimed this would never happen, even though AA
’s own timetables support my claim. I would expect that as long as AA
has a surplus of B763, WC
-Hawaii will be a strong consideration for their services. And I would never rule out the possibility of AA
converting a handful of B763 into high-density domestic birds to supplement the B757 to Hawaii, especially now that MTRC has ended.
’s oldest B763 are approaching 20-years-old…
Another reason for using a widebody is cargo.
Although that statement is true, it’s overrated. The B763 flights to ORD
and a single flight to LAX
are probably sufficient enough to ‘clean up’ AA
’s cargo market. If cargo was really as big for AA
as it’s made to be on a.net, then AA
would be flying an AB6 MIA
… (which isn’t cost prohibitive since the fleet type has ETOPS, etc.)
767s aren't your regular widebodies. Their maintenance differences are in the engines.
.com / AMR.com use to (and maybe still does) have a section where it talked about maintenance. It specially mentioned that the B767, A300 and B777 were complex aircraft & underwent heavy maintenance checks much more quickly than their narrow body counterparts.
The fact of the matter is, if you ask 10 people on the street which they prefer, a narrowbody or widebody, 9 out of 10 will tell you a widebody... You're not giving enough credit to the traveling public, we're not talking the 70s, people are very travel savvy in the internet era.
I’m not denying that people prefer widebodies. However, I know from dealing with the general public (non-aviation enthusiasts) that it will have little bearing over their purchase decisions. e.g. A passenger has the option of purchasing a ticket on airline XX, with a widebody, for $5 more & getting in one hour later than airline YY… most of the time, they’ll pick YY.
And FWIW, TZ
and Suntrip’s consumer satisfaction scores have went higher since switching to narrowbody equipment. AQ
always ranks high.
UA and AA are comparable in terms of frequencies in LAXORD, AA with 14 and UA with 13, and both have a significant amount of flights out of ORD for connections.
Yet the fact remains that UA
has historically been and continues to be a larger carrier at both LAX
. Other than their intercontinental departures, AA
has about a dozen flights ex-ORD
larger than the B738. Although AA
has matched UA
frequency-for-frequency on most prime business routes, UA
operates the larger equipment.
And again, I don’t see your point. An MD
-80 and A320 are comparable in size. So how can you make the distinction that UA
was more preferred than AA
because of the A320, based on its size? Satus quo, AA
operates nothing but B738 and a single B763 ORD
operates A320, B757, B763, B777 (high-density) and soon B744. Looks like the video equipment didn’t help AA
…CO score very high in revenue recapture.
You're contradicting yourself here, you're agreeing with me that the product is better. I assure you, it wasn't just the First Suite that made it more profitable, it was the overall product in all cabins.
No, I’m not. If AA
would’ve installed a First Suite product tailor-made to the B763 and PTVs throughout (AA’s J doesn’t have PTVs!), then perhaps AA
would’ve been more competitive with the B763… it was the product, not the plane.