ORDagent From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 823 posts, RR: 1 Reply 4, posted (5 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 3478 times:
VN will eventually come to U.S. Now that we are friendly again the link is needed if for no other reason than prestige for VN. KE, JL and company aren't going to be happy because they all offer decent connections to both SGN and HAN. The biggest issue now is the biggest issue of them all. The cost of fuel.
Bobnwa From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 6260 posts, RR: 9 Reply 5, posted (5 years 6 months 1 week 14 hours ago) and read 3197 times:
VN wants the rights to fly to the US via Japan yet will not give NWA the rights to fly to Vietnam via Japan. Seems like a fair trade to me. NWA already has the rights from the Japanese government, but not the Vietnam government.
Legacyins From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 1977 posts, RR: 0 Reply 9, posted (5 years 6 months 1 week 6 hours ago) and read 2917 times:
Quoting DesertAir (Reply 8): There is a huge Vietnamese population in California. Many Vietnamese visit family in Vietnam on a regular basis. This could be a money maker route for Vietnam Airlines.
I really don't think a route like this would make a profit . Most of the tickets would be sold through consolidators and VFF is never a money maker. It as quoted that this flight would loose money for the first few years before possibly making a marginal profit. IMO
LAXintl From United States of America, joined May 2000, 23535 posts, RR: 50 Reply 12, posted (5 years 6 months 1 week 5 hours ago) and read 2840 times:
Quoting Legacyins (Reply 9): Most of the tickets would be sold through consolidators and VFF is never a money maker.
Quite correct, and something United has found with its soon to be discontinued LAX-HKG flight.
UA easily can generate 100-150 daily connections to SGN via the huge Vietnamese community in Southern California, however all were a bottom basement consolidator fares with zero brand loyalty and simply flew whomever happens to be the cheapest, whether thats United, Cathay, EVA or others.
While the volume is good, with todays operating cost, the revenue generated does not go far to cover much.
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