Virtually all of United's network can be accessed via ORD and SFO, both of which have daily nonstop 747s to/from HKG. The only two routes that take considerably more time/distance via ORD/SFO that are flown out of NRT are SEA and HNL. I do not think United can justify flying a 777 or 747 (the only two types at UA that serve NRT) to HKG just to feed a few passengers to SEA and HNL. That is what ANA is for.
Also with the UA/CO merger, HKG-EWR and HKG-GUM are added to the list of nonstops from HKG. That eliminates HNL, as HKG-GUM connects perfectly with GUM-HNL in both directions. That leaves only SEA-bound passengers that have to considerably backtrack flying through SFO rather than NRT.
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Reply 3, posted (2 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 1633 times:
HKG is a big station for UA with 4 daily 747 flights. However since it is well connected to SFO and ORD, the NRT connection was redundant. ANA can take any connections from NRT. UA in general has more flights that overfly NRT than DL. Only BKK, TPE, SGN, and SIN require a stopover in NRT or HKG. The rest are all nonstop from the US. The real surprise to me is why UA has kept NRT-ICN when they have to SFO nonstop flight.
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United and Delta have two very different strategies in Narita and Asia. Delta has retained much of the NW NRT hub with flights to many Asian cities. United flies to most Asian cities nonstop from the USA, only connecting over NRT to those it can't fly nonstop to from the USA like Bangkok and Singapore. United/Continental have nonstops to SFO, ORD and Newark offering many nonstops rom HKG.
DL started flights from its Detroit hub to Seoul, Hong Kong and Shanghai last year bypasing the NRT hub.