Starship From South Africa, joined Nov 1999, 1098 posts, RR: 15 Reply 2, posted (12 years 10 months 3 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 1683 times:
To answer the last part of the question, Guam and Saipan are part of a group of 15 islands known as the Marianas, which in turn are part of a bigger group known as Micronesia. Micronesia's 2100 islands have been used by four colonial powers which used these tiny specks of land as stepping stones between continents. The USA took over the administration of Micronesia after WW II and it was only during the 1980s I think, that the island groups began emerging as island nations, each with some sort of political identity of its own, yet all still firmly locked into a future with the USA.
Fjnovak1 From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 592 posts, RR: 2 Reply 4, posted (12 years 10 months 3 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 1668 times:
Northwest and I think Continental fly to Saipan...Continental from GUM or HNL and Northwest from NRT...there is also Pacific Island Aviation, a Northwest code-share partner, that operates at Saipan too...
Ishky15 From United States of America, joined May 2000, 717 posts, RR: 13 Reply 5, posted (12 years 10 months 3 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 1662 times:
Continental flies up to three times daily to Saipan from Guam and will be opening up a new service to Nagoya later this year. Northwest flies a daily 747-200 to Narita, and various Japanese airlines do so as well.
Watewate From Canada, joined Nov 2000, 2283 posts, RR: 2 Reply 7, posted (12 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 1641 times:
How are flights from Korea doing? Saipan was on every Korean's vacation list and the flights were always full- before the Asian crisis. I wonder if the load factor is back to where it was... or even close to where it was.
DirkSavage From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 8, posted (12 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 1644 times:
Guam is a U.S. Territory w/ one non-voting member of Congress. Saipan is part (the capital) of the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas (Tinian, Rota, et.al.) w/ one non- voting member also. Saipan is "tax-exempt", but you pay approx. 7% of your income to the Commonwealth. U.S. Postal Service, and "some" U.S. laws apply. Remember the news a few years ago about the sweat shops there? They can import workers, pay them squat, and put a "Made in the U.S.A." on whatever they make. You pay tax on Guam, just like in the states. You file a 1040, and all of your schedules. The exact same tax laws apply. But, per an agreement with the U.S. Federal Government, all of the tax revenues collected in Guam, go to the Government of Guam. FYI, the rest of the Micronesian islands: Truk (Chuuk), Ponape, Yap, Koserae, et. al. became thier own country (The Federated States of Micronesia), with the capital in Ponape(Pohnpei, or however they are spelling it now). Just a few years ago, the last U.N. Trust Territory of Palau became it's own nation also. Note: all are served by the U.S. Post Office and have agreements in place for certain services with the U.S., including military staging.
I left Guam in '97 after spending eight years there w/ Continental Micronesia. At that time Saipan was served by:COAM, ANA, JAL, KAL, Asiana, United(since left),NWA,Phillipine Air,and Pacific Island Aviation. I really do not know who currently operates.