Well, apparently, they are downgrading the E190's to Eagle/Republic-operated E175's after Feb 14, so it will be short-lived anyway. Maybe when they get the MAX 8 in their fleet, AA will free up some 738's to upgauge one of the BNA-ORD/PHL flights to mainline........
I think you are dreaming too much on mainline to ORD. That route seems destined to be E75/CR9 in the long term, maybe 1 or 2 mainline, but I would not count on it. I'd fly 2x2 over 3x3 mainline config any day.
UA already runs a A319 year round on one of the flights (sometimes a 737 on a second), WN runs a 737 to MDW and I have a feeling when NK enters BNA in the not too distance future, they will launch BNA-ORD (not during the initial launch, but sometime later), which would be run with a A319/320. I just don't understand why AA hasn't upgauged one of 9 eagle flights to a mainline, especially since similar airports to BNA have AA mainline to ORD (AUS, MSY, RDU, STL, heck, even IND has seasonal mainline service!). Yet, BNA, despite being a former hub, does not. They felt the need to upgauge one of the BNA-MIA flights to mainline, but not ORD?
Speaking as someone who is originally from the Chicago area, ORD is much more convenient to get to than MDW for most of Chicagoland. I'd rather fly into ORD than MDW any day of the week. Yet for flying into ORD out of BNA, you have to fly either UA or AA. I don't like flying UA because they are horrible, but at least they have a daily mainline option. AA only has regional jet service. I don't like flying on RJs because the planes are smaller and they tend to be more delay-prone.
Anyway, rant over, but I just wish AA would run a 737 on one of the BNA-ORD flights.......
To be fair looking at tomorrows schedule. WN is running 1,065 seats each way, which is way more than WN runs in any of those other airports (other than STL). So it makes sense that AA may run some mainline aircraft on those routes rather than BNA due to WN's presence.
Although it looks like UA isn't running any mainline on BNA-ORD for a while, interestingly enough though I am seeing a 757-300 on that route on the Sunday after Thanksgiving so that is nice.
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