CityAirline From Sweden, joined Nov 2005, 700 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (6 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 3346 times:
We could all hope that this will be reality once the 787s arrive hehehe. Anyone know anything about the chances of this happening?
Sure there are enough pax to fill the n/s from DTW/MSP, but would it really be profitable? Do they want all their asian routes to go through Japan?
Even though the 787 is billed to be able to do something like MSP-MNL, more likely this route would do better both efficiency and yield with say SEA-MNL.
As for everything going through NRT. One of the things they stated in their application for DTW-China routes was that they treat NRT as their western hub. NW has SEA but it is not a full fledged hub I don't think. (certainly could be and be a good one) Most likely NW will fly as many flights to NRT as possible and then add some non-stops. For example
LAX-HKG is 1 stop at NRT (NW hub)
While a new DTW or MSP-HKG would be a 787 non-stop. This would give East coast and midwest passengers 1 stop at DTW (NW hub)
SEA-ICN is 1 stop at NRT (NW hub)
While a new DTW or MSP-ICN would be a 787 non-stop.
I think this is the pattern they will start first. That being said, if NW were to start a non-stop to MNL, it would be from the West coast with a 1 stop from the east coast. And if a non-stop were added, that would possibly mean DTW-NGO-MNL would get downgraded to a 787 but MSP-NRT-MNL would remain a 747.
I wonder if NW is using all their NRT slots. The NRT-NGO-SPN flight though very nice to have and helps connect us to the full NW Asian Network, seems almost like a slot holder.
I know that NGO has been in talks with NW for more service. There has been many rumors about SEA service due to the aviation and tech trade. NGO has done better than expected for NW and could lead to a mini-hub build up.
NW can fly to any part of Japan but doesn't right now due to aircraft. The 787 could re-open FUK and allow for new service from NGO and KIX.