IndustrialPate From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 4, posted (10 years 8 months 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 2021 times:
DTW-NRT is not NW's flagship route. In the 1990s, NW1 -- MSP-LAX-NRT-BKK -- and DTW-PEK severed that honor. Today, MSP-LAX has been dropped from NW1 and DTW-PEK n/s has been cancelled. I think it's hard to argue that NW has a "flagship" route; DTW-AMS-BOM could get just as much consideration as any other route.
Artsyman From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 4745 posts, RR: 36 Reply 7, posted (10 years 8 months 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 1969 times:
While I would agree that Continentals flight #1 is the HNL flight, I would say that the HKG flight #99 is probably considered the flagship route as no one else flies it, it is generally the longest flight.
Speedbirdyvr From Canada, joined Mar 2003, 168 posts, RR: 2 Reply 12, posted (10 years 8 months 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 1867 times:
OK, this is debatable, but I would think that CX's flagship routes would be HKG-LHR and HKG-YVR!
They lobbied for a long time with the British government to get rights to fly to London (first to LGW, and from the late 80's/early 90's to LHR), but had been discriminated against as a minor player from a British colony to protect BA (BOAC at that time I think)! It was a major milestone when they were finally allowed to fly the route (used to stop in Bahrain before the 747-400 era!).
As for YVR, CX "took the aviation world by storm" as famously quoted on all their press releases about their YVR ops when they launched this route in 1983. In some ways, this opened the door for YVR that it has become the impressive gateway that it is today, and along with it the influx of immigration from Hong Kong before the handover to the Chinese. CX has now extended their flight from YVR to JFK since 1996.