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NRT importance is eroding.  
User currently offlinePW4056 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (15 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 614 times:

This is just my outlook:

Do you think that NRT's importance will drop at a consistant rate (I mean slowly) after the financial crisis? I think the pacific market will approach in a direction where the hub and spoke network like UA and NW have at NRT will eventually be dropped since there should be more and more long-haul, low capacity aircrafts available int the future. Therefore, more direct, point-to-point transpacific routes from US gateways directly to smaller and used to be "out of range" Asian cities.

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User currently offlinefly777ual From United States of America, joined May 1999, 4512 posts, RR: 3
Reply 1, posted (15 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 614 times:

NO. UA and NW only use NRT as a supplemental hub to attract more pax to the trans-pac flights (and for those out of reach airports). UA has a TON of trans-pac flights to every destination (NRT, TPE, KIX, HKG, ETC.). Currently, no A/C can fly West Coast to KUL, SIN, or BKK non-stop, so they must have a stopping point. UA and NW have or had flights from NRT to:
HKG
SIN
BKK
PEK
MNL (UA freighter now..pax before)
and the list goes on. UA also has(d) flights from HKG to SIN, KIX, Delhi and from KIX to SEL, etc.

be sure to fly777ual


User currently offlineseat 1A From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (15 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 614 times:

narita has indeed many hurdles to face, such as land acquisiton, second runway, etc.

the push is on for 207 min etops... when aproved... watch out!



User currently offlineCX747 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 4467 posts, RR: 5
Reply 3, posted (15 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 614 times:

I doubt that 207min ETOPS will be approved and even if it is I doubt many carriers outside of the U.S. will use it. Narita will maintain its importance in the future.


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User currently offlineasdf From Austria, joined Mar 2014, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (15 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 615 times:

There will be aircraft with longer and longer range capability in the near future. But the airlines have to consider how long passengers are willing to sit in tight compartments. I for one would rather have a single stop on an extremely long route than sit for 15+ hours on an airplane. Especially in coach class where there seems to be 4 lavatories for 200-250 people.

User currently offlineasdf From Austria, joined Mar 2014, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (15 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 614 times:

There will be aircraft with longer and longer range capability in the near future. But the airlines have to consider how long passengers are willing to sit in tight compartments. I for one would rather have a single stop on an extremely long route than sit for 15+ hours on an airplane. Especially in coach class where there seems to be 4 lavatories for 200-250 people.

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