Astral From Canada, joined Mar 2004, 214 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (5 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 3156 times:
I don't think UA would start that service any time soon. Given today's bad economy in the USA, the revenue will not be positive, and thus why start a definate money lossing route ??
To give you the best example is to look at CZ (China Southern), which for the last 10 years +, been flying daily non-stop (B777IGW) LAX/CAN. However, CZ is now down to only three flights per week !!! and the flights are quite open even during summer high season.
May be in 2011 ?? I hope.
DeltAirlines From United States of America, joined May 1999, 8943 posts, RR: 11
Reply 3, posted (5 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 3095 times:
I think the US government is being very lenient in terms of allowing airlines to delay the new China service. UA's SFO-CAN and US's PHL-PEK flights have both never taken off, and DL's ATL-PVG flight is being suspended.
Daron4000 From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 712 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (5 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 2744 times:
Quoting Bluesky02 (Reply 2): I don't doubt the bad economics of the route. But I thought they had to start the route within a certain time frame as they won the rights to fly that route from the Government?
If they don't start it... shouldn't they re-bid the route authority? Correct me if I am missing something here...
No one else but UA bid on the frequencies to begin with, and no one has argued for UA to be stripped of the rights. Even so, UA could give the route authorities back to the government tomorrow and I'd bet that in a year or two or even three, they would still be sitting there. If any US carrier is going to have a route to CAN, it will be UA.