I took a look at the American Eagle operation out of JFK compared to last year and the year before. Pretty much everything else went from 50 seaters to 44 seaters. With the high operating cost of 44 seaters and beyond perimter routes getting cut left and right, I don't see how the MQ operation stays at current level. Not a surprise they are converting the eagle gates to a new widebody gate for BA.
AA started off by cutting some bad routes, which caused their relevance in JFK to drop and then some people to jump board. Now, routes that were marginal have started to bleed money. Would be interesting to see how much more go by this point next year. More and more routes will become marginal or loosing money as they cut more under performing routes.
Exactly--this winds up being a self-fulfilling prophecy.
Example: AA Eagle used to offer EMB-175 service on their BNA (where I live) - JFK flights, which I would take several times a year. While they still offer 2x daily (for now), both flights have been downgauged to EMB-145s, which I refuse to sit on for close to 3 hours. So I have been taking the BNA-LGA nonstop on the EMB-175 instead, even though I loathe LGA.
So the fewer people who take the BNA-JFK flight, the more willing AA is to downgauge it to a lower-quality product, which means even fewer people (i.e. business travelers) are willing to take it. I won't be surprised when the flight is dropped all together, sadly.
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