AA Will Take Over MIA-BCN from IB

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  1. DestinationDavid
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    No AA announcement yet but a has come out in the news (in Spanish).

    Starts 4/4/2012 as 5x a week. Will go daily on 6/14/2012.

    Service will be on a 763.
     
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    I have not flown IB TATL, but have found their intra-Europe product to be so-so. In some ways I felt like I was on a LCC, especially since they charged for beverages (i.e. soda).
     
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    So you like this change? ;)

    On the one hand - nice to have an additional way to use a SWU to BCN.

    On the other - I'd rather see AA add a new destination than free up some planes for IB to add one.
     
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    I know I'd be more inclined to pick AA over IB. ;)
     
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    I find this to be very intriguing news. Does this have anything to do with the Delta/US/Blackstone/TPG rumors? Is AA trying to become more appealing to potential suitors for the Iberian and South American markets? Are they going to loosen their relationship with IB? Interesting times are ahead.
     
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    Seems more to do with the opposite though, doesn't it?

    Taking over the route for IB is exercising their rights under the TATL JBV with IB/BA. If anything this seems to demonstrate that BA/IB/AA are still committed to their relationship and an independent AA.
     
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    I can see your point. I hope you are correct. However, there is a lot of noise about AA and their potential suitors.
     
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    All true, but AA has consistently voiced their desire to remain an independent company. Why would they purposefully be taking steps to pleasure potential suitors?
     
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    To be more appealing and garner a higher bid for their company.
     
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    That would make sense if they wanted to merge. But they dont, so I don't see your logic, sorry. :confused:
     
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    The IB international business class is totally different than their intra-Europe product, and much, much better. I fly both IB and AA international frequently. The IB product is superior to AA in all ways I can see (I do not use AVOD so i cannot speak to that). The IB seats, service, food and drink and ambiance are all a few steps above AA. AA is working on it, admittedly, but they are nowhere near IB so far. In F it is different because IB has no F. Neither one of them is really competitive with the likes of CX, SQ, etc, but they do not need to be. For all European carriers (except SU, IME) business class is economy with the middle seat blocked off and an upgraded inflight service. That is it. SU is the only one I know that actually has a separate cabin, and theirs is very, very nice.
     
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    I've never flown IB, but I'm sure AA biz is a lot better than IB coach, so great news for those who have SWUs
     
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    Despite my earlier post there are times i choose AA biz over IB biz, and SWU's and other such goodies are the common reasons. I have few complaints about AA biz anyway. It's better than many others...
     
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    They seem to be picking up plenty of IB pax with the IB pilot strikeos....might as well make it a permanent thing. UGH, am so NOT looking forward to connecting thru MIA next weekend when, apparently, that strike kicks in again...
     
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