A32 From United States of America, joined Aug 1999, 163 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (14 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 2338 times:
This is an educated guess on my part but the fact that YVR is so close is definitely a factor in the reason why SEA- HKG is not flown currently.
1. Exchange rates present an advantage for passengers who choose to fly from YVR.
2. There are many airline choices with nonstop and one-stop service to HKG.
3. AC is a star alliance partner
4. The Canada China bilateral is not as restrictive as the US - China deal. Conversely the US-Canada air rights are greatly liberalized in that AC or UA can funnel paxs thru YVR to beyond destinations
PA006 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 160 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (14 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 2332 times:
The UA SEA-HKG flight starts before UA bought the PA Pacific operations.
It was first served by DC-10s.
The service was stopped soon after the PA operations were taken over.
I don't think YVR is a big factor here since it is across the border. The drive takes about 3 hours depending on the length of queues at the border crossings. It is not like you are using an alternate airport nearby. You are driving to a 3rd country to fly to your destination.
I would think that Seattle does not provide enough traffic which originates from the city itself and connections are not as convenient as the SFO and LAX gateways. Both UA and NW provides service from SEA with connection through NRT. AA flies to NRT also.
Also, Hong Kong SAR is not part of the US-China bilateral. It negotiates its own agreements.