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  1. CW
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    For the O/D crowd on IAH-CDG there is still an AF nonstop too

  2. Carl
    Carl at |

    Losing IAH-CDG might have been cut either way, given that UA will still offer service via ORD, EWR and IAD, but there clearly is a network effect that will occur as a result of WN’s expansion. WN only has to siphon a few pax/day off any destination to make flights to that destination unprofitable. If UA cuts 1 or 2 departures to MEX because WN flies to MEX, that means UA has less connecting pax on other flights, which can render them unprofitable. This is kind of what DL has done at CVG and MEM.
    Long-haul flights can take years to become profitable, and they can have cycles where they are better and worse. So, yes, it is possible that UA might have held on to some marginal or unprofitable flights expecting future profitability, or a contribution to another connecting segment, and in light of the expected growth in HOU, is cutting some IAH service and expansion now.

    At the same time, higher fuel costs do make 50-seat RJ flying more marginal, as well as very long haul international. So I feel that changing industry dynamics certainly played a role, but so did the anticipation of more competition from WN.

  3. Carl
    Carl at |

    Continental, errr United, is being a big baby about this. They have been behaving like they should have a monopoly on the Houston international market.

  4. Andrew
    Andrew at |

    UA should shut Houston……and strengthen ORD, DEN, & IAD

  5. ande777emt
    ande777emt at |

    Air France has really been upping their in flight services game on TATL C; I don’t think CO planned to have to compete on a service level. I’m betting AF will bring back 77W service to IAH now that UA drops it.

  6. Mainstream
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    The local perception is that United is being retaliatory, even petty, and I think Houstonians will respond and move their business to competing airlines.

  7. Karl
    Karl at |

    United Airlines SUCKS. The death of Continental was unfortunate for us in Houston, as they were a pleasure to fly. UA has turned the flying experience to no more than being on a cattle carrier. They chose to move to Chicago and abandoned Houston with job losses already. So, let them flop. Go Southwest! At least you believe in Texas.

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