I was going to say, it seems strange that they'd be operating the flight from JFK as they don't have much presence there. IAD makes a lot more sense. UA has really done an excellent job utilizing IAD as a gateway to Europe.
AirlineFanatic From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 222 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (8 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 11086 times:
so as a business destination UA would propose starting this service IAD-KWI-DXB? Seems like not many biz travelers will be interested in a 2 stop flight when there are opportunities to make 1 connection on EK through JFK and soon IAH and ATL on DL
xxx-ATL-DXB or xxx-JFK-DXB vs
nonetheless it is good to see another US carrier expanding to a new international destination. Wish it were nonstop especially with as large a hub as IAD is for UA. Was ORD not an option - range maybe?
Also, isn't QR starting IAD-DOH service shortly... another 1 stop connection and option to DXB on an international carrier with reputable service.
Behramjee From Canada, joined Aug 2003, 5014 posts, RR: 46
Reply 12, posted (8 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 10690 times:
UAL have 1-2 B 772ERs freed up with the suspension of the daily HNL-KIX flight effective this Oct...so that aircraft might be used for the IAD-DXB flight.
I wouldnt recommend UAL to fly the route as an extension of their KWI service as the operating costs of such a route flown on a thrice weekly basis is higher than flying the route nonstop. Other important advantages of flying the route nonstop is that its more attractive to their F & J class clientele who would anyday prefer this option than having to stop in Europe or in KWI enroute, a dedicated DXB flight disables the flight's pax & cargo load to be shared with UA's KWI station and lastly, the nonstop option is more attractive to traders and cargo merchants for their goods to be transported in a quick & efficient manner from DXB to USA.
They should launch initially it as a 3 weekly IAD-DXB nonstop service and then upgrade after a year to daily service.
ORD Boy 2 From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 302 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (8 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 10476 times:
I would agree that it would be IAD-DXB. UA is taking a long look at the Middle East. Maybe there is hope for the TLV route I have long advocated. The IAD-JFK RJ service is still operating by the way. It is bookable. I saw it when I was looking to book ORD-NYC and looked at one stop possibilities
Laxintl From United States of America, joined May 2000, 27190 posts, RR: 50
Reply 16, posted (8 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 10386 times:
Quoting Behramjee (Reply 12): I wouldnt recommend UAL to fly the route as an extension of their KWI service as the operating costs of such a route flown on a thrice weekly basis is higher than flying the route nonstop.
How do you come up with such math?
The airplane sits on the ground in KWI for about 6.5hrs. The incremental operating cost of a 90 minute hop down to DXB and back is pennies on the dollar compared a nonstop IAD-DXB route.
The tag flight is simply an opportunistic move which adds another city to the network, very much how places such as GIG, MVD(until recently), SGN etc.. are operated by United. A low cost, and low risk solution.
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You are correct it is, but if they turn the aircraft in KIX differently, then it will provide 1 plane.
But currently, there are two trancsons that are 777 aircraft that could be pulled aswell, SFO-IAD-SFO and
LAX-IAD-LAX. If we were to tag KWI, I would guess it would be on 744 equipment to allow for the extra lift.
IAD-KWI is full down below now.
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Behramjee From Canada, joined Aug 2003, 5014 posts, RR: 46
Reply 20, posted (8 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 10179 times:
Quoting Laxintl (Reply 17): The airplane sits on the ground in KWI for about 6.5hrs. The incremental operating cost of a 90 minute hop down to DXB and back is pennies on the dollar compared a nonstop IAD-DXB route.
that maybe so but then the flight's load in the pax & cargo cabin would have to be shared between DXB and KWI stations + for the 5th freedom intra-gulf route.
a dedicated IAD-DXB nonstop flight can easily holds its own ground and has a lot of revenue potential especially in the premium cabin.
EK & EY are bound to launch in the future nonstop flights to IAD from their respective hubs..QR is already starting from July 19th a nonstop DOH-IAD flight and they will target the DXB market to feed this flight...for UAL to be competitive effectively against these Arab carriers from day 1, its best to launch DXB with a nonstop flight rather than with a tag on from KWI.
Pellegrine From Turks and Caicos Islands, joined Mar 2007, 2523 posts, RR: 8
Reply 21, posted (8 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 10072 times:
Quoting AirlineFanatic (Reply 8): so as a business destination UA would propose starting this service IAD-KWI-DXB? Seems like not many biz travelers will be interested in a 2 stop flight when there are opportunities to make 1 connection on EK through JFK and soon IAH and ATL on DL
xxx-ATL-DXB or xxx-JFK-DXB vs
I tend to agree. The article mentions the DIFC and "big US banks". Errr... Maybe UA will target traffic that does not originate in NYC. There's already (depending on your alliance) EK/EY/BA/LH/AF/... without taking a puddle jumper down to IAD and stopping in KWI.
It is possible they will have the flight number originate there, but it will be a "plane change." Like flight number (UA863) that used to go ORD-SYD-MEL with a stop in LAX, they obviously didn't fly the 747 from ORD to LAX.
I'm not sure about the range issue. I think ORD-DXB would fall within the 777 range since AA's ORD-DEL service does.
UA will definitely start the service from IAD as IAD seems to be the UA hub de jour. As an ORD based UA flyer, I would love to see UA start some new ORD international service. I stick with UA (I am a Premier), but from time to time defecting to AA is a thought b/c the great majority of their new international service (east and west-bound) originates in ORD (Central/South America is the only exception, and even that changed with their latest announcement). UA better keep it's homebase in mind before AA corners the international ORD market.
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: I think that UA still has kept AA in check at ORD, especially regarding international destinations. The only transoceanic destinations that AA has wh
: This is my point exactly. While UA is based in Chicago, they have Pacific and Atlantic gateways in other locations. AA on the other hand considers OR
: Umm...not really. The flight does very well.
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: If AA opens a new Atlantic or Pacific route, it will very likely be from ORD. I guarantee you that in the coming years as both airlines hopefully con
: While UA's 772ERs would indeed be capable of ORD-DXB nonstop, it's generally not a good idea to assume equivalent performance based on comparison to
: Trust me, as a frequent UA flyer and an ORD resident, I hope that you are correct though I doubt it. If UA was concerned about their "home turf", the
: All the rumors about AA not doing well at DEL are just rumors. There have no indications that AA is making losses... infact its probably the opposite
: Actually, according to published reports, not just AA but other airlines are also finding the ULH services to India not as cash loaded as A.net makes
: Good for them, but if theyre targeting the premium crowd, id think its prety hard to compete with the likes of EK and Etihad, whos service are about a
: Who doesn't fly to Washington, nor would have the "lock" on US government travel that UA typically enjoys
: .....Daron, a word of advice...when it comes to knowing facts/ops about AA, I wouldn't really want to contradict MAH4546 too much....for the most par
: SFO only gets a 777 (instead of the usual 763s) if there is a heavy load, or for aircraft repositioning. The 777s that serve LAX are 99% of the time
: why doesn't UA start p.s. service from LAX and SFO to IAD as well as JFK? flying into IAD in F or C class and then get on a regular UA domestic flight
: I'm not sure that UA's 772ERs could easily fly DXB-IAD nonstop. I think that flight would be longer than UA's current longest 772ER flight (IAD-NRT i
: Yes, but those transcons are operated by the 772A and not the 772ER, and thus have a range of around 5500nm. Not all of UA's 772's are ER models: a l
: If you want round figures, Trent892 birds (the majority of their 656K application) can do 7500nm and the Trent895 birds (e.g., BA, LY, some DL) can m
: As mentioned already above, we are turning the aircraft differently in KIX in order to free up one aircraft. It will be a SFO-KIX-SFO with a 2 hour t