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  1. henry LAX
    henry LAX at |

    the interestingly odd thing about their attempt to win the wallets of the BOS market is still their steadfast refusal to go up against the other 2 legacies by offering *any* service to the 2 Chicago and 3 DC airports.

    You’d *think* those 2 should be thoroughly crucial business markets from a BOS perspective.

  2. Wany
    Wany at |

    The BOS-PIT may also have something to do with AA slowly pulling out of that route (or the whole PIT).

  3. Gary Cohen
    Gary Cohen at |

    Seth Miller: I am not an airline geek but it is clear to me that Delta is following the old Willie Sutton philosophy: They are going where the passengers are. Seattle, Boston…not making new hubs per se. But lots of flights where there are lots of people and where the other airlines don’t have fortress hubs.:

    1. Seth Miller
      Seth Miller at |

      Delta is absolutely making a new hub in Seattle. It wanted a west coast locale from which to run Asia trips (adding to its DTW operation) and that’s where the right mix of local traffic and geography and lack of international competition existed. Of course that move was about increasing profits, but it is also definitely about building a hub.

      Boston is less clear in terms of connecting flow in the traditional hub sense. There are a few TATL flights on DL or SkyTeam partners but not a ton.

      DL is also growing at RDU in an impressive way.

      Eventually the hubs no longer have growth potential and a large airline has to build out other routes or stop growing. That’s most definitely an approach that has the company playing offense rather than shifting other capacity around on defense.