Originally Posted by nyuk nyuk
Amazing considering that at least from Denver, AA charges more than other airlines, and doesn't offer direct service. Most of their fleet are older McDonnell Douglasses, no? According to Wikipedia, their fleet is older than United and oddly I end up on United because other airlines like AA charge more and/or have weird hours for flights and irritating layovers.
for the most part all airlines have the same "base fares" where the differences come in are the airport fees that you pay for every airport you touch via take off, landing or connections.
Now taht is not saying that all the seats on the plane are at the lower rates..
they all have computer models that figre out the best "load" rates for x amounts of seats at the lowest fares going up to the full fares Y "Coach"..
When one airline lowers/raises a fare in a certain market say DEN-LA all the other airlines match them most of the time.. May not dedicate the same number of seats to that fare but can say that the fares are the same..
Most of the airlines have old fleets with US Air probably being the oldest.. that is the airline that AA will probably be merged with and if you think AA is screwed up now just wait..
US Air still has not settled some of the Union issues they had when they merged with America West a very long time ago.. The last I heard they still have not merged the Flight attendant schedules and union rules because they are from different unions..
AA's hubs are in DAL, CHI and LAX IIRC so most of the time you will have to connect in one of those cities to get where you want to go..
Some of Uniteds hub cities are DEN, CHI, HOU, and Newark and LA, so taht is the reason you get direct (non Stop) flights..