American Airways remains to be evaluating choices to launch flights to Doha, following the firming up of its partnership with Qatar Airways. On Could 20th, the 2 airways applied the primary stage of their codeshare partnership with additional growth within the coming weeks. Nevertheless, the oneworld alliance members didn’t point out when a brand new US to Qatar route on American Airways would open up.American Airways remains to be weighing Doha flights. Photograph: Getty ImagesAmerican analyzing flights to QatarBack in February, American introduced that it was contemplating launching flights to Doha. On each ends, American Airways and Qatar Airways might provide connections giving passengers loads of alternatives to fly onward to different locations.American and Qatar are implementing a brand new partnership with codesharing throughout networks. Photograph: Qatar AirwaysQatar Airways, specifically, has a robust presence in Southeast Asia, India, and Africa. In the meantime, American Airways maintains a major presence in Latin America. Collectively, the 2 airways would be capable of cater to a lot of passengers and fill in gaps in one another’s networks.Commercial:Featured Video: When will American launch flights?It’s just about assured that American is not going to launch flights to Doha’s Hamad Worldwide Airport this yr. New routes scheduled to start in 2020 have been postponed to 2021. This contains extremely anticipated providers comparable to Philadelphia to Casablanca, Chicago to Krakow, Seattle to Bangalore, Dallas to Auckland, and Los Angeles to Christchurch, amongst others.The present market will not be fairly proper for launching a brand new long-haul route. Photograph: Getty Pictures.If American does go forward and launch this route, it doubtless is not going to be till summer time 2021 or later. Launching a brand new long-haul service takes a number of cautious planning and may come at a excessive price to the airline initially. If demand will not be there, then it could make no sense for American to launch flights. Nevertheless, the truth that there are connections on each ends (due to codeshare agreements) might assist mitigate any potential losses and replenish a aircraft. However, earlier than a timeline comes into play, it additionally issues the place American will fly out from.The place might the airline fly out from?One of many first steps to launching a brand new path to Qatar is to determine the place the airline ought to fly out from. Qatar Airways already operates to a number of of American’s hubs together with Miami, Philadelphia, Dallas, Chicago, and Los Angeles. Qatar additionally flies to New York-JFK, the place American does have intensive operations, however not as a lot as at different hubs.If American needs to develop hub entry, then there are a number of wonderful candidates. First, Charlotte is one in every of American’s most worthwhile hubs with intensive home attain. Nevertheless, if Qatar Airways needs to develop connections to Latin America, then Charlotte wouldn’t be a really perfect candidate.Charlotte, one in every of American’s largest hubs, doesn’t have service to Doha. Photograph: Getty ImagesA extra wild card metropolis can be Seattle. Alaska Airways intends to affix oneworld, the identical alliance that Qatar and American are part of. Qatar doesn’t function between Seattle and Doha. Nevertheless, regardless of not having its personal hub, American has nonetheless leveraged Alaska’s standing within the metropolis with an announcement of a brand new route between Seattle and Bengaluru, India. Though, very like Charlotte, it could not give Qatar Airways many new alternatives.American might leverage its partnership with Alaska Airways to launch a brand new flight from Seattle to Doha. Photograph: Getty ImagesThe two most certainly cities can be Dallas or Miami. Dallas, specifically, can be a formidable metropolis, provided that it’s American’s largest hub. At present, Qatar Airways solely operates one day by day flight. Though, thanks to an intensive connecting community, American might most likely fill one other aircraft– doubtless a 787– flying between Dallas and Doha.Dallas is American’s largest hub. Photograph: Getty ImagesMiami can be the very best metropolis for Latin American connections. From Miami, American has an enviable host of routes to Central and South America. At present, Qatar has just one day by day flight to Miami, which arrives about 5 – 6 hours earlier than one in every of American’s waves to South America. American Airways might launch one other flight that might land in Miami a few hours after Qatar’s to shorten connection instances.When it comes to growth, American has most popular its fortress hubs in Miami, Charlotte, and Dallas. Not solely does American face little competitors from these cities, however the airline can also provide a bunch of connections permitting loads of passengers to attach. And, with journey demand the place it’s, maybe now will not be the time to experiment with a brand new route from an untested metropolis.From Miami, American operates a number of day by day flights to important cities in South America. Photograph: Getty ImagesSenior Vice President of Community Technique at American, Vasu Raja, has guided American’s growth primarily out of hubs. That is as a result of present infrastructure (comparable to catering, upkeep, and crew bases), market energy, and the power to route planes effectively throughout an airline’s community. For instance, on the brand new Seattle to Bangalore route, American has to supply an plane to fly the route. Based mostly on schedules when the route was set to launch this yr, American was flying a 787 in from Los Angeles– including important capability on that short-haul route.OverallMost doubtless, American will launch this route subsequent yr. Or, if demand stays low, then 2022 will not be out of the query. A brand new relationship with Qatar Airways opens loads of alternatives to develop in markets that American doesn’t at present serve, which makes this partnership very engaging. Thus, it could not be stunning to see American select to develop with a brand new Doha route even when different, beforehand introduced routes are delayed additional.When do you suppose American Airways will launch flights to Qatar? Tell us within the feedback!