Mason From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 749 posts, RR: 1 Posted (15 years 2 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 2635 times:
Northwest Airlines will suspend its four weekly non-stops from SEA to KIX (Osaka) at the end of September. These flights were operated by DC-10-30 aircraft. I do not understand this move. Northwest cited poor economic performance as the main reason for the suspension. There is a huge market for this flight. The problem is that NW charges so much for the flight that most people fly United out of SFO or connect in NRT. NW is operating this flight with the DC-10, which is very costly to fly at this point. Perhaps by putting a newer aircraft such as the 747-400 or mabye A-330 on this route, NW could bring prices back down from the stratosphere and do well on this currently uncontested route. I urge NW to recondisder this move. First, NW drops SEA-HKG, then Boeing moves, now this. Any thoughts?
JonPaulGeoRngo From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (15 years 2 weeks 2 days ago) and read 2485 times:
According the Wall Street Journal (10/30/00), ".
"For U.S. and other foreign airlines, the higher landing fees at Kansai Airport are making it hard to add new flights." says Robert Lamansky (NW's governmental relations director based in Toyko). He said Northwest may cancel some of its six daily Kansai flights.
Sounds like this decision has been months in the making.
Johnboy From United States of America, joined Aug 1999, 2664 posts, RR: 6
Reply 9, posted (15 years 2 weeks 2 days ago) and read 2472 times:
Alas, the ultimate irony -- you build a brand, spanking new airport as the next "Gateway to _______ (insert region of world)", yet it's so expensive that airlines drop flights to your new "Gateway." At least it looks pretty.
Mason From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 749 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (15 years 1 week 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 2425 times:
My original point was that perhaps in addition to the high landing fees at KIX, the DC-10 was too costly to operate on this flight, and NW could not offer competitive fares. I have also noticed this from SEA to HNL. On this route, NW operates two daily DC-10s, but most passengers choose to fly UA out of SFO due to their cheaper fares, including me. Mabye, as GOT said, they will resume this route once the A330s come on line. I thought NW was expanding their SEA gateway, not shrinking it?!
VirginA340 From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 15 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (15 years 1 week 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 2386 times:
I thought A330s didn't have the range to fly SEA-KIX or SEA-HKG? Wouldn't they have to stop somewhere in between for fuel? Are the yields between these destiantions that low to where they can't use a 747. I think the prices can drop if the got ride of the 10 and went to a 747-400. A much more economical craft in maintinance, fuel and more millage to the gallon.