Seven_fifty7 From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 957 posts, RR: 4 Reply 1, posted (12 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 1230 times:
Because they suck and they have a penchant for wanting to prefer to emphasize cold weather climates.
Plus, no Latin American business traveller in their right mind would wanna risk taking a Smithsonian-quality NW DC10 aaalllllllllll the way up to MSP or DTW, just to connect and backtrack down to L.A., DC, or MCO.
A32 From United States of America, joined Aug 1999, 163 posts, RR: 1 Reply 5, posted (12 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 1155 times:
Since the replies so far have been from NWA haters I thought I might add some from the perspective of someone who happens to like NWA.
South American flying is all about market share at this point. The true yields are in Asia and do you want to take one guess at who is tops in US to Japan and SE.Asia. OK it is not AA, DAL, CO, TWA, US, or UAL. So why give up a good thing for the crowded and still unprofitable S. American flying. A long time ago NWA figured that glamorous flying was not going to mean glamorous profits.
Pbb152 From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 594 posts, RR: 1 Reply 7, posted (12 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 1139 times:
I believe the question was about Latin America, not only South America. NW does serve Latin America. They serve MEX, MBJ, SJU, and have seasonal service to ACA, CUN, PVR, and GCM. Their is no need for them to undergo any rapid expansion throughout the rest of the region, because they can route their passengers through IAH or EWR with CO. They are better served concentrating on Asia and to a lesser extent Europe, especially Amsterdam. NW has specialized in the art of codesharing and reciprocal benefits. Their arrangement with KLM was groundbreaking, and still highly regarded as the most beneficial agreement in the industry. The pact they have with CO is also highly beneficial, especially in regards to Latin America. Why should they deploy assets better used elsewhere when there is no need?
Tan Flyr From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 1847 posts, RR: 0 Reply 9, posted (12 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 1125 times:
Pbb 152 made a good point about "latin"america. Regarding "South America" except for a limited amount of open skies agreements,the bulk of the routes are either old EA or PA routes. The EA's now with AA( BN before EA) and the PA now with UA. "South America" is slowly opening up with new service from CO & DL.
Back in the "good old days" (lol) Braniff flew some nice DC-8-62's ,as I recall, down to Chile,Argentina, etc.