Asuflyer05 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 2369 posts, RR: 3 Posted (5 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 4183 times:
"WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--MAXjet Airways, the award-winning low-fare all Business Class airline, has applied on July 16, 2007 for U.S. authority to operate nonstop passenger service between Shanghai, China and Seattle/Tacoma International Airport, with continuing same-plane service to Los Angeles. MAXjet proposes to operate this service daily effective March 25, 2009.
MAXjet's proposed service to China would be its first transpacific route. MAXjet would operate the proposed service with Boeing 767-200ER aircraft already in its fleet. These aircraft are configured with 92 Business Class seats, crew rest facilities and extra lavatories for long-haul flying. There are no Economy Class seats on the aircraft."
Stitch From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 26723 posts, RR: 83 Reply 3, posted (5 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 4041 times:
Quoting Ikramerica (Reply 2): Good luck with that. The would be a political nightmare, offering a limited slot authority to an "elite only" airline, at least that's how the majors can paint it to the public....
Aye. UA and NW (especially) will fight that one tooth and nail.
SEA is far more likely to get China service from Chinese flag carriers, who have multiple unused slots available to them.
United777 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 1648 posts, RR: 1 Reply 7, posted (5 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 3842 times:
This is a surprise!! I wish NW appled for SEA to China. I think Seattle needs a link to China and is the most underserved airport for Asian routes. I know many people working with IT companies around the northwest who travel to China often from Seattle and need to transfer in Tokyo or Seoul and would love to just fly non-stop.
If SEA doesn't get a link to Shanghai it at least for needs a link to Hong Kong.
Jetboy319 From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 270 posts, RR: 0 Reply 12, posted (5 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 3051 times:
The only reason i can see a stop at SEA before the onward journey to PVG is because the 762 probably couldn't do LAX-PVG non-stop. I would be more than surprised if they were awarded the slot. My 2 cents
Which I assume they are. With a 767-200 seating around 100 pax, it wouldn't have made sense for them to purchase a high operating weight certificate for their planes. IMHO, SEA would be included in the LAX-PVG route as a fuel stop.
Skyexramper From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 20, posted (5 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 2317 times:
Quoting Flighty (Reply 19): You don't think SEA has a huge amount J class demand to Shanghai? I do.
I would like to see MaxJet fly this route, I think that by being the first airline of their kind, that they will find a way. Also the China market for Vancouver and western Canada is projected to increase at a healthy rate over the next 10 years. Since MaxJet is out to sell reduced Biz Class fares, they will do well. The problems they are facing is because they are still a small airline.