wedgetail737 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 6024 posts, RR: 5 Posted (4 years 9 months 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 8005 times:
I was out at my favorite spot near Sea-Tac airport today and one of the guys out there mentioned some marketing research going on about a possible SEA-HKG route. I don't know the guy so I can't say if he's a reliable source or not. I'm thinkin' not. Any truth to this?
OA412 From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 5465 posts, RR: 25
Reply 1, posted (4 years 9 months 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 7908 times:
Quoting wedgetail737 (Thread starter): I was out at my favorite spot near Sea-Tac airport today and one of the guys out there mentioned some marketing research going on about a possible SEA-HKG route. I don't know the guy so I can't say if he's a reliable source or not. I'm thinkin' not. Any truth to this?
I'm sure that DL is doing research into several Asian routes from SEA one of which is likely HKG. I'm sure that if DTW-HKG works out for them that SEA-HKG will likely follow. Also, I believe that once DL upgrades the A332s, that they will be able to operate SEA-HKG. Someone please correct me if I am wrong on that.
This would be cool at 8,399 miles (according to gc.kls2.com)...though my uneducated guess is that it wouldn't work as well as the ATL-NRT route since ATL is quite a ways down SE in the USA while HKG is quite a ways down south in Asia (as opposed to NRT). Both combined, I would think, greatly reduce feeder opportunities as opposed to ATL-NRT with good feeder opportunities from NRT, and SEA-HKG with good feeder opportunities from SEA.
Apples and oranges. AS does not belong to any global alliance so they can partner with AA, CO and DL out of SEA (mostly, anyway). AS is therefore easier for CX to partner with than with a member of a competiting alliance like DL.
SEA-HKG would become a reality before ATL-HKG, but both are unlikely, IMHO. With DL's hub at NRT, there is little reason to serve HKG nonstop, particularly with CX already being there and serving tons of connecting pax from AA.
It would not likely be with "Alaska" codeshare. But the "Delta" codeshare already in existence on Alaska and Horizon flights would indeed connect to a Delta flight going to any international point. The Alaska code does not appear international transoceanic.
Viscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 26668 posts, RR: 22
Reply 21, posted (4 years 9 months 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 4762 times:
Quoting NWAA330 (Reply 19): Quoting MSYtristar (Reply 9):
Wasn't SEA-HKG a former NW route? Pretty sure it was flown 3 or 4 times weekly with a 747. I don't think it lasted for a very long time.
Yes this was a former NW route. I flew HKG-SEA on July 17th of 2006, and I remember being on the upper deck of a 747-200. Sadly the route was cancelled later that year due to weak performance.
When did NW start SEA-HKG nonstop? I thought it was in the mid-1990s (one source says 1994) and only lasted very briefly, maybe a year or two. It sounds like they must have made another effort much later if they were operating nonstop in 2006. Was NW really still using the 747-200 on such long routes as HKG-SEA in 2006? Sounds more appropriate for the 744.
SEA-HKG was UA's 2nd international route (other than YVR and YYZ) whey they began nonstop service in May 1983 (using DC-10-30s temporarily leased from CP Air), a month after they started SEA-NRT. I forget when UA dropped SEA-HKG.