|Quoting BA744PHX (Reply 149):|
Hey everyone, I just ran into this article from last year stating LAN could be interested in serving PHX. I personally doubt this would happen, not much traffic heading to either LIM or S.A., from Brookings there is 47 PDEW to S.A.
Global alliance politics will likely result in additional re-positioning by airlines as the merger gains expected approval and begins to take shape. Oneworld CEO Bruce Ashby has said that all three US Airways hubs -- Charlotte, Philadelphia and Phoenix -- present attractive options for various Oneworld members, particularly British Airways, Iberia and LAN. In particular, he said that LAN, which has its busiest hub in Lima, could be interested in serving Phoenix, which offers connections to 65 domestic destinations.
I, as well, would find this doubtful unless they had a narrowbody with the range to make it. It would be a good addition mostly based on connections though. NRT is more likely then this though.
I'm a guy who thinks NRT will happen sooner rather than later. With incentives from the City of Phoenix I could see JL starting this route and then if it isn't profitable and doesn't survive then so be it. If DL was willing to give it a go from SLC then I think there needs to be a carrier that tries it from PHX.