EWRandMDW From United States of America, joined Jul 2006, 449 posts, RR: 0 Posted (7 years 11 months 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 2207 times:
I was recently in NJ doing consulting work for a Japanese company with North American HQ in northern New Jersey. I was talking with my in-house counterpart about business travel and he told me his company has a policy where employees are encouraged, almost to the point of coersion, to use a Japanese flag carrier when visiting the home office That would be either ANA or JAL. He then went on to say that both carriers only fly from JFK. This is a huge inconvenience to the majority of employees who would rather use EWR which is less than 40 minutes south. What many employees will do instead of driving to JFK (expensive and time conuming) is to fly from EWR to ORD, IAD, LAX, or SFO and transfer to either JA or AN there. But that's time consuming and probably more costly. It seems there are many Japanese companies in northern NJ in a similar predicament when it comes to travel back to Japan.
My question is, if there is as much demand as it appears for at least one Japanese flag carrier flight to Japan from Newark, why do those airlines settle for a much less convenient airport (in this case JFK and given companies that operate in NJ) seemingly because their US-based airline alliance associate has the most service there? Can't they split a la BA or AF or LH and operate at least one flight per day to EWR?
PanAm747 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 4242 posts, RR: 8
Reply 1, posted (7 years 11 months 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 2180 times:
I wish there was an easy answer for you - and convenient for the people that work there!! But there's not. A country's flag carrier will always be "manditorily enforced", to put it mildly, even gaining preference over airlines within the same alliance.
In the United States, military and government travel MUST be on American-flagged carrier for as much of the trip as possible. This has been the policy for many years, and there is no reason to assume that it will change anytime soon.
I'm sure the company says, "you want to fly on the company dime? You fly JL. You want to fly home at your own expense? Choose any airline you want!". They're the boss, it's their money, it's their decision. I understand it can be a pain, but there's no way out of it.
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