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Rep. Oberstar: China Routes And Mergers  
User currently offlineCentrair From Japan, joined Jan 2005, 3599 posts, RR: 20
Posted (8 years 2 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 2765 times:

Carrier gets an ally for China

Jim Oberstar will be the chair of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee from January.

On China Routes:

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A key House Democrat, the incoming transportation committee chairman, said it might make sense for the government to award the next U.S.-China flight to American Airlines because that would boost competition across the Pacific Ocean.



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Rep. Jim Oberstar, who counts Minnesota-based Northwest among his constituents, told the Minneapolis Star-Tribune that he intends to recommend by mid-December that the Transportation Department award the route to American or United.

On US-DL Merger:

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"People are saying [that] there is overcapacity" and that some seats should be removed from the market through mergers and other consolidation, Oberstar said. But he sees carriers flying with many full planes and argues that "there is a lack of substantial competition" on many routes.



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"What does this do in markets where the two carriers are now competing?" he said. "Who are the other competitors in those markets? Will some cities lose out? Will travelers [end up] paying higher fares?

"Those are the questions that I think have to be evaluated before you can make a judgment on whether this proposed merger would be in the overall best public interest.



So this could mean CO and NW are out of the China run.
Oberstar isn't too keen on this merger.


Yes...I am not a KIX fan. Let's Japanese Aviation!
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User currently offlineLAXdude1023 From India, joined Sep 2006, 7808 posts, RR: 25
Reply 1, posted (8 years 2 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 2740 times:

Quoting Centrair (Thread starter):
So this could mean CO and NW are out of the China run.

NW has always been out of it, but I dont think CO is. They still have a great chance.



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User currently offlineCentrair From Japan, joined Jan 2005, 3599 posts, RR: 20
Reply 2, posted (8 years 2 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 2685 times:

Quoting LAXdude1023 (Reply 1):
but I dont think CO is. They still have a great chance.

I thought this too.

They were saying that NW and UA still have a lot of routes and access and granting service to AA or CO would balance out Asian routes. But they still put UA higher up.

Which will weigh heavier: Connections (DFW), Politics (IAD) or Commerce (EWR)?



Yes...I am not a KIX fan. Let's Japanese Aviation!
User currently offlineCommavia From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 11973 posts, RR: 62
Reply 3, posted (8 years 2 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 2656 times:

Interesting that he's not supporting hometown carrier Northwest, although I completely agree with his reasoning as to why Northwest should get this authority. And perhaps -- just perhaps -- he's still a bit pissed about Northwest's dealings with the State of Minnesota?

My question is: why has he thrown his support behind American, as opposed to Continental or United? Did they contribue to his campaign more than the others?


User currently offlineIloveboeing From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 803 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (8 years 2 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 2644 times:

I'm surprised that AA is bidding to fly to Beijing from DFW. I would have thought they would bid to go from O'Hare to Beijing, to complement their O'Hare to Shanghai service. That would give United some competition on that route.

User currently offlineLAXdude1023 From India, joined Sep 2006, 7808 posts, RR: 25
Reply 5, posted (8 years 2 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 2629 times:

Quoting Iloveboeing (Reply 4):
I'm surprised that AA is bidding to fly to Beijing from DFW. I would have thought they would bid to go from O'Hare to Beijing, to complement their O'Hare to Shanghai service. That would give United some competition on that route.

If they had asked to serve it from ORD, they would have no prayer of getting it. One of the selling points of DFW is that it would be a gateway to an area of the nation that doesnt have China service. ORD is served heavily from/to China.



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User currently offlineEWRCabincrew From United States of America, joined May 2006, 5527 posts, RR: 56
Reply 6, posted (8 years 2 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 2573 times:

Relay this info to AA's pilots...


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