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User currently offlineCody From United States of America, joined May 1999, 1964 posts, RR: 8
Posted (17 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 1738 times:

Does anyone know why United hasn't given much effort for the Dulles-Tokyo route. i know they code-share but wouldn't it be profitable to operate on their own? To me, this seems like a large gap in UAL's route structure. I often wonder if IAD will ever by-pass ORD as UAL's biggest hub?

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User currently offlineFly777ual From United States of America, joined May 1999, 4512 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (17 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 1735 times:

IAD-NRT flights are under consideration now with the Dulles expansion. UA was prob. waiting for the added flights to help feed these flights. It also has to do with aircraft availability, and with the 777's unable still to fly trans-Pacific flights, the only alt. aircraft was and is the 747-400, which were and are deployed on Pacific routes. IAD will never be able to pass ORD as the largest hub...maybe in trans-Atlantic departures, but if anything, DEN looks like it will be the first to surpass ORD.


User currently offlineB777Guy From Singapore, joined Jun 2005, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (17 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 1735 times:

The 777-200IGW has a range of 8,860 mi. according to the Boeing web site, so it does have the range to make it transpacific. China Southern flies from Guangzhou to LAX nonstop, and that's definitely transpacific...

User currently offlinePW4056 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (17 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 1735 times:

Remember, even if slots are available at IAD, it is very possible that UA has already used up its maximum at NRT.

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