|Quoting Avianca (Reply 49):|
well maybe, but I think before AC will upgrade the service... sadly I do not see Canada as a priority for LH (really sadly)
service is a LH
codeshare and I believe that both airlines are satisfied with both the loads and the capacity presently on the route. When it comes to Canada LH
has always been very comfortable with operating the codeshares on AC
metal (which in my opinion has a better onboard service than LH
). Look at Montreal - for years the city hadn't seen a LH
plane land in it and yet LH
always claimed it on its network. Tickets issued to LH
travelers have LH
flight numbers, LH
ticket covers, LH
banners and you only realized you were on an AC
jet only when you got to the gate (unless you were an airline afficionado, of course!).
launched additional services to Canada I would categorize it as the following in terms of priorities:
- Toronto to complement the existing daily FRA
rotation (LH) and the AC
services out of YYZ
- Montreal becoming a year-round service: They'd start it with a 3-4 time weekly rotation during the winter season, slowly building it to a year-round daily rotation.
- Montreal: with the arrival of the additional A343 in the LX
fleet, this service would be upgraded from the A332 to the larger A343 service
4) Launching an Edmonton service.
With regards to the US market, keep in consideration that it is quite a maturing market and therefore the annual increase in capacity introduced by LH
would be expected to be lower than in most other areas considered to be more emerging (Middle East, Asia, and now Latin America). I believe that LH
is looking to making its North American position more dominent in the cities it already serves, relying on its US-based Star Alliance partners to connect traffic to its metal and the formula has worked perfectly fine for them so far.
Besides its FRA
has services to: JFK
, and Charlotte - the latter being served only from MUC
. I believe that in LH
's limited targeted increase in capacity, MUC
will always be a priority to adding new cities. Reasons: 1) Increasing MUC
's position as a major LH
and *A hub, and 2) limited slots and operations at FRA
with only 2 active runways (3rd only for take-offs). Therefore, I believe any increase in capacity on the US services will start by seeing additional rotations from MUC
added to already existing destinations served by FRA
A priority is MIA
. This city has not seen an increase in services for years... For as long as I can remember the same B744 has been flying to this city out of FRA
daily. I also remember that MIA
was the last city in North America to have its services upgraded from the B742 to the B744 when the former were being phased out (but that's irrelevant now). I believe new MUC
services are imminent. Other possibilities, and in order of importance:
. Considering that Detroit has just been upgraded with a 2nd service out of FRA
(total surprise to me - I expected that service to be introduced ex MUC
), I believe it will not see any new services sometime soon or the 2nd rotation may eventually transfer over to the MUC
hub (which would make way more sense to me).
Considering how well managed the airline is in my opinion, I wouldn't be surprised of a dual strategy in effect for North America such as splitting their targeted annual increase in capacity between the MUC
hubs. Example, if they set a 2% targeted increase in capacity they may aim that 1% be an increase in MUC
services to existing destinations, whereas the other 1% be the introduction of a new destination.
For any new routes to be opened by LH
, I would hypothesize (in order of importance): Phoenix (only US-based Star Alliance hub presently not served by LH
), Seattle, San Diego, Las Vegas, Minneapolis, Cleveland, Pittsburgh.
Let's not take for granted as well the role that LX
plays in the overall LH
is on the verge of receiving further widebodies that they will most probably dispatch on many international routes including North America. LX
will probably look at serving Star Alliance hubs in the US presently not served such as Washington, San Francisco (both only presently served by UA
as a codeshare), Philadelphia and Denver. Also they will be looking at expanding to other important US markets not necessarily Star Alliance hubs such IAH
, and DTW
In conclusion, I believe that the North American market has become a market where increases in services will mostly be seen from secondary hubs to existing cities, whereas the FRA
role will emphasize opening the new destinations to emerging markets such as the new Nonstops to Buenos Aires. In the future I see many of the cities presently served by LH
with a stop to become direct services such as Jakarta, Manila and Kuala Lumpur as they seperate from the Singapore, Guangzhou, and Bangkok services respectively (I remember a time when all 3 cities - CGK
- were served with nonstop flights for a short period). I also see FRA
pioneering new services to such anticipated new destinations as Rio, Bogota, Sapporo, and other new services to China.
Sorry for the long input.