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Sichuan Airlines Applies For US Service  
User currently offlineLAXintl From United States of America, joined May 2000, 24820 posts, RR: 46
Posted (3 years 7 months 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 5855 times:

Sichuan Airlines today applied with the DOT for authority to commence service between PRC and the United States.

Carrier initially proposed to operate two services between the PRC and Northern Mariana Islands.

Proposed schedules:
PVG-SPN - Thu/Sun - A332 - Effective Feb 17, 2011
CAN-SPN - Mon/Fri - A332 - Effective Feb 18, 2011

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User currently offlineThe777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6494 posts, RR: 55
Reply 1, posted (3 years 7 months 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 5766 times:

Seems like a very odd route; would there really be enough traffic from PVG to SPN ?

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User currently offlineCoal From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 1987 posts, RR: 9
Reply 2, posted (3 years 7 months 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 5576 times:

Indeed a very odd routing, but I would imagine they want to open up the Northern Mariana Islands as a more upmarket holiday destination for Chinese tourist than, say, Hainan.

Also odd because Sichuan Airlines is small compared to CA, MU/FM, CZ, and HU, and their hubs are at CTU and CKG.

Cheers
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User currently offlineLAXintl From United States of America, joined May 2000, 24820 posts, RR: 46
Reply 3, posted (3 years 7 months 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 5379 times:

Well the Chinese middle class is booming combined with the governments policy of liberalizing overseas travel so I suppose beach destinations like Saipan could be attractive. The Chinese simply following in the footsteps of the Japanese and Koreans I guess.

Anyhow Air China ran charters to Saipan earlier this year from PEK.
http://news.travel168.net/travel_fair_review/20100107/23078.html



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User currently offlineBMI727 From United States of America, joined Feb 2009, 15715 posts, RR: 26
Reply 4, posted (3 years 7 months 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 5149 times:

Quoting Coal (Reply 2):
Indeed a very odd routing, but I would imagine they want to open up the Northern Mariana Islands as a more upmarket holiday destination for Chinese tourist than, say, Hainan.

According to Wikipedia, there is already seasonal service to Saipan by China Southern from CAN and Shanghai Airlines from PVG.



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User currently offlineBNAOWB From United States of America, joined Dec 2009, 396 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (3 years 7 months 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 4026 times:

Quoting LAXintl (Reply 3):
Well the Chinese middle class is booming combined with the governments policy of liberalizing overseas travel so I suppose beach destinations like Saipan could be attractive.

Perhaps the idea of traveling to U.S. territory holds a small degree of novelty for some newly-middle class Chinese?

For example, when the Cuba travel ban is lifted, many Americans will be intrigued by the newness of being able to travel to a previously "off limits" destination.


User currently offlineCXA330300 From South Africa, joined May 2004, 1560 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (3 years 7 months 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 3446 times:

Saipan has the warm-and-exotic appeal that makes it an attractive destination-and is, as mentioned earlier, probably more attractive than Hainan for certain travellers. It's also probably easier to get a visa to go to Saipan, since SPN isn't exactly an illegal immigration hotspot.


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