Three years ago there were rumblings about American flying to Abu Dhabi and two years ago service to India.
Gateway of India, Mumbai
Delta will consider re-entering the India market and has had rumblings about Atlanta-Dubai because they’re claiming victory over Emirates, Etihad, and Qatar while getting absolutely nothing.
Yet this isn’t going to get the world’s largest airline, American Airlines, to serve either the UAE or India.
- American Airlines has no appetite for ultra long haul flying. They’ve pretty much said they aren’t going to start service to places like Singapore. It takes too much aircraft time, it’s hard for them to see markets like that being profitable.
American Airlines at New York JFK
- American got outflanked by Delta, severing codeshares with Etihad as part of Delta’s campaign against the Gulf carriers, and losing out on partnering with India’s Jet Airways to Delta. As a result American has no partners on the other end of either UAE or India service. That means no feed for their flights, they’d be relying entirely on origination and destination traffic.
Etihad Business Class
- They cant fly Boeing 767s there as a cheap test for destinations that far. American likes to use less expensive planes as they try out new markets (see for instance 767s to Prague and Budapest).
Boeing 767 Business Class
At this point American’s working model of where they’ll fly to is diametrically opposed to serving both India and the UAE.