- A single US-China route can bring in $200 million in revenue to an airline
- Analysts say United faces an uphill battle for LAX-PVG. The last U.S. carrier to win a route to China was United when it began daily nonstop service in March between Beijing and Washington. And United already operates a direct California-to-China route, from San Francisco to Shanghai.
- Southern California has more China-bound passengers than any other U.S. metropolitan area, United said. In 2006, nearly 282,000 people, or 20% of total U.S. travelers to China, were from Southern California. Second-largest was New York, with about 15% of the total. United also noted that the region has more Shanghai-bound passengers than any other area.
- China's three largest state-owned carriers -- China Eastern, Air China and China Southern Airlines -- currently operate nonstop service between the two countries, but none of those flights is profitable. Chinese carriers offering international service cater predominantly to Chinese passengers. Those airlines often have plenty of vacancies in business and first class, making those routes unprofitable.
- "Seats are small, food is bad and service is a little grouchy," says one passenger of the Chinese airlines. (although it seems those same adjectives could be used to describe US airlines).
LAXdude1023 From Lebanon, joined Sep 2006, 7037 posts, RR: 25 Reply 2, posted (6 years 4 months 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 2702 times:
LAX-PVG needs to happen!!! It would be the most beneficial of all of the proposed routes. Not only do we have the largest market to Shanghai and China, we are without service from any US carriers to China. That is absurd!!! Anyone who can tell me with a straight face that PVG service would be better off at DTW, ATL, or PHL is just plain nuts. The only thing that comes close is EWR-PVG.
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