|Quoting FLYGUY767 (Reply 96):|
There are at current two holes in the Los Angeles to Europe market those being Milan and Madrid..
However I am sure others would argue that Copenhagen, Manchester, and Brussels should be on that list..
could not make it work, even with a major hub at MXP
tried and failed, AA
and failed, I dont think its happening.
CPN: SAS flew LAX
-Copehagen for years will airplanes filled to capacity and claims to have lost money on each and every flight.
and it was a disaster.
: Surely, you are kidding, BRU
would have trouble supporting a west coast connection. AA
tried service to DFW
, for example, the airplanes were either empty or filled with baragin passengers. The market is too limited and the feed on the BRU
end is not there.
Granted, some of these routes were opened and closed years ago and may be worth a second look due to the stronger European hubs and stronger bonds among alliance members, but I think that many underestimate just how difficult the West Coast-Europe market is and how reliant many of these flight are on pax travelling to/from destinations beyond Europe. As you point out, that after years of trying, UA
finally gave up on LAX
; one would think that UA
, with its huge presence in both LAX
, could easily make a flight to a world destination such as Paris work and be successful.
As for SLC
, its a tough call whether the flight will work and show a profit......sure DL
will have no problem filling the airplane with pax looking for lower fares travelling between West Coast cities and Paris or beyond......and the flight could even find a niche market appealing to pax living in smaller western US cities that do not have nonstop service to Europe that will do anything to avoid backtracking to LAX
to catch flights to Europe (or make connections in difficult airports like ORD
), but what about the higher fare and premium pax? I really dont see J class pax flying LAX
for example, and I dont think that there is a local market strong enough for those J class seats, so DL
could have a problem.
As you point out above, I am waiting until August 13 to hear an announcment.