NWAFA From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 1893 posts, RR: 16 Posted (9 years 9 months 3 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 2539 times:
to Offer More U.S. - Tokyo Flights
Tuesday February 17, 10:00 am ET
Additional Flights From Detroit and Minneapolis/St. Paul Hubs to Tokyo Hub Will Offer Travelers More Options Between North America and the Asia/Pacific Region
MINNEAPOLIS, Feb. 17 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Northwest Airlines (Nasdaq: NWAC - News) today announced that it will offer additional nonstop flights between its Detroit, Minneapolis/St. Paul and Tokyo hubs beginning with its spring schedule.
Beginning May 1, Northwest will double its daily service to Tokyo from its WorldGateway hub at Detroit, offering a total of two daily Boeing 747-400 trips, each with 403 seats.
In addition, from May 1 through October 30, 2004, Northwest will offer eight flights per week between its Minneapolis/St. Paul hub and Tokyo, an increase of one weekly frequency. The flight, which will be offered on Saturdays, will also be operated with a 747-400.
The flights will provide travelers between Detroit, Minneapolis/St. Paul and Tokyo with additional flight choices. In addition, the new nonstops will provide additional options to travelers from scores of connecting cities in North America through the airline's convenient hubs at Detroit and Minneapolis/St. Paul, as well as single connection service to 12 cities in Northwest's Asia/Pacific network through its Tokyo hub.
"Travelers between North America and the Asia/Pacific region are responding to Northwest's comprehensive network, new World Business Class comforts, convenient hub airports and customer service technology," said Phil Haan, executive vice president - international, sales and information services. "Northwest offers more service to Japan, serves more destinations in Asia and offers a better connecting airport experience than any other U.S. airline."
From Northwest's Tokyo hub, travelers will be able to make single connections to the airline's Asia/Pacific network which includes Bangkok, Thailand; Beijing; Busan, South Korea; Guam; Hong Kong; Manila, Philippines; Nagoya, Japan; Saipan, Mariana Islands; Seoul, South Korea; Shanghai, China; Singapore and Taipei, Taiwan.
From Detroit, Flight 25 will depart Northwest's WorldGateway at 2:30 p.m. and arrive at Tokyo's Narita Airport the following day at 4:30 p.m. Flight 26 will depart Tokyo at 3:00 p.m. and return to Detroit at 1:35 p.m. the same day.
On Saturdays, Flight 3 will depart Minneapolis/St. Paul at 3:30 p.m. and arrive Tokyo's Narita Airport on Sundays at 5:30 p.m. Flight 14 will depart Tokyo on Saturdays at 4:40 p.m. and return to Minneapolis/St. Paul at 1:30 p.m. the same day.
During the fourth quarter of 2004, Northwest will complete retro-fitting its entire 747-400 fleet with the airline's new lie-flat World Business Class seat that allows passengers to recline to 176 degrees, offering more degrees of recline than what is available on any other U.S. airline and many international carriers. Northwest's new World Business Class seat offers passengers a virtually infinite number of adjustments so that the seat is able to conform to the position that is most comfortable for the individual passenger.
The World Business Class cabins of Northwest's 747-400s are also being equipped with a new, fully interactive in-flight entertainment system, offering a wide variety of music, movies, short subject programs, games, shopping, and in-flight information, all "on demand." The new system permits customers the freedom and flexibility to start, pause or stop any of these options at any time. World Business Class customers have a better viewing experience with a 10.4 inch video screen, which is 50 percent larger than the screens found in business class seats on other U.S. airlines and many international airlines.
All of Northwest's new World Business Class comforts are also being offered on the airline's fleet of Airbus A330 aircraft.
Northwest Airlines is the world's fourth largest airline with hubs at Detroit, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Memphis, Tokyo and Amsterdam, and approximately 1,500 daily departures. With its travel partners, Northwest serves nearly 750 cities in almost 120 countries on six continents. In 2002, consumers from throughout the world recognized Northwest's efforts to make travel easier. A 2002 J.D. Power and Associates study ranked airports at Detroit and Minneapolis/St. Paul, home to Northwest's two largest hubs, tied for second place among large domestic airports in overall customer satisfaction. Readers of TTG Asia and TTG China named Northwest "Best North American airline."
IndustrialPate From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 2, posted (9 years 9 months 3 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 2314 times:
NW's restoring the second DTW-NRT flight & adding an extra frequency for MSP-NRT... keep in mind that they operated 10xMSP-NRT in summer 2002 and were suppose to do so again in summer 2003 (SARS cancellation)...
Jetjack74 From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 7365 posts, RR: 51 Reply 9, posted (9 years 9 months 3 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 1840 times:
They only offered 5 short lines in DTW for March. Last SLIC line went to 8420. ANd there wil be no bid resolution. I'm 10 years and can't pick up anything myself. I have to get someone else to get it for me and one-way trade.
Thrust From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 2686 posts, RR: 10 Reply 11, posted (9 years 9 months 3 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 1758 times:
This could pressure United and American to add more services to NRT, as well as possibly Continental. That's a lot of service to one airport. Delta is probably not considering NRT very highly since they just cut down 5 772ER orders.
Thrust From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 2686 posts, RR: 10 Reply 13, posted (9 years 9 months 3 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 1728 times:
QF744, NWA no longer uses the A320 on the Asian routes. It has been replaced with the 757, which flies to NRT-HKG, but I don't know how it gets across the Pacific from the U.S. Surely it would have to stop somewhere before reaching NRT from the U.S. It doesn't have nearly the range it needs to make it nonstop over the Pacific from Japan to the U.S.
IndustrialPate From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 15, posted (9 years 9 months 3 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 1714 times:
This could pressure United and American to add more services to AA), Japan">NRT, as well as possibly Continental. That's a lot of service to one airport.
No, it won't. NW's restoring flights they've operated for quite awhile... AA added JFK-AA), Japan">NRT in 2002 and will add LAX-AA), Japan">NRT in April. Reports claim JFK-AA), Japan">NRT isn't performing to AA's expectations and judging by continued $500 inclusive webfares, including in the crux of the travel season, I believe it .
QF744, NWA no longer uses the A320 on the Asian routes. It has been replaced with the 757, which flies to AA), Japan">NRT-HKG, but I don't know how it gets across the Pacific from the U.S.
NW operated AA), Japan">NRT-HKG w/the A320 during the SARS scare, but never with the B757. The B757 routes are AA), Japan">NRT-PUS, AA), Japan">NRT-NGO-SPN, AA), Japan">NRT-TPE, KIX-TPE and AA), Japan">NRT-AA), China">PEK. The aircraft are based at AA), Japan">NRT - they do not fly to the USA.
Bartond From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 788 posts, RR: 3 Reply 16, posted (9 years 9 months 3 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 1695 times:
You think this will prompt AA and/or UA to add more flights to AA), Japan">NRT? I have no idea what the frequency is for UA ORD-AA), Japan">NRT but DFW has anywhere from 10-13 weekly flights during the year for the DFW-AA), Japan">NRT run, all with 772s so that's about all that route can handle. I don't think AA runs ORD-AA), Japan">NRT but I'm almost positive that UA does. Once LAX-AA), Japan">NRT gets going, if it ever does, that will give AA two services from California-Tokyo, too, one daily from LA area and one from the Bay area, so the effect these service additions will have will be mostly on UA at ORD because it's right smack dab in the middle of the NW hubs. I still can't figure out why/how NW has two hubs within, what, 500 miles of each other that continue to flourish but they do well. Especially DTW. They continue to develop Asia and that's the biggest growth area in the world right now and will continue to be in the next 20-sum-odd years. Good job NW. Now if I can just get AA to get cranking on a new route or two to Asia we'll get some more US competition over there to mix it up with UA/NW. LAX-TPE, SJC-HKG, etc.
MAH4546 From Sweden, joined Jan 2001, 31714 posts, RR: 72 Reply 18, posted (9 years 9 months 3 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 1644 times:
Reports claim JFK-AA), Japan">AA), Japan">NRT isn't performing to AA's expectations and judging by continued $500 inclusive webfares, including in the crux of the travel season, I believe it
I have heard the same exact thing, but word is AA is going to stick it out. The fact that they fly will soon fly the premier trans-Pacific and trans-Atlantic routes from each of America's three largest markets is a marketing point they love to brag about. Personally, I think they could do better off in the compietition-less BOS-AA), Japan">NRT or MIA-AA), Japan">NRT markets.