American Airlines has scheduled a news conference with CEO Gerard Arpey for tomorrow regarding service in New York, and says the subject could be of interest to PHL travelers. Hmmm? What could this mean? Here is some informed speculation.
American has extensive international operations at Kennedy airport but has no nonstop big-jet flights or regional service by its Eagle unit between PHL and JFK. Its archrival Delta, an even bigger player at JFK, does have nonstops to connect passengers between JFK and PHL. American may be ready to launch a number of new routes, including one from PHL, into JFK to feed passengers to the overseas flights.
Another possibility is American has struck a code-share deal with Amtrak similar to what Continental has with the rail service at Newark Liberty airport; code shares allow airlines to sell each others' tickets and share revenue on routes. If that's what American would like to do, remember that getting from Amtrak's Penn Station in mid-town Manhattan to JFK requires a good hour or two on public transportation, much different from being able to go from the EWR rail station to the terminal in about 10 minutes on a free people mover system.
Or maybe American wants to expand at New York's LaGuardia airport, but that seems less likely because of congestion and limited takeoff-and-landing slots at LGA.