Originally Posted by DoubleC
On a side note, I recall once that there was that "nerd bird" service by Austin between Austin and San Jose (and also to Seattle?), and I don't believe SJC was ever an AA hub. AA stopped that service, then Alaska tried and they dropped it until Southwest started the route.
Good summary on the "Nerd Bird"!
As a matter of fact, AA did operate a small hub at SJC, which included both trans-Pacific (to NRT, which has since returned by ANA) and trans-Atlantic services, at the height of AA Nerd Bird operations.
FYI, here's a good snapshot of AA's service: http://www.departedflights.com/AA070201p86.html
As the hub was wound down, the Nerd Bird became a casualty. I would think that AA will tend to focus on LAX services for western coverage in the future, so my sense is that the route is WN's to control.