It appears that Vision Airlines plans to operate a 3x weekly LAX-SEA-ICN service starting later this month using 767-200ERs. I've tried hard to find an English language source for this information to no avail. Vision Airlines appears to have also set up a Korean-language twitter account.
I am guessing that a tour operator of some sort is chartering or wet-leasing the aircraft from Vision, but that is just a guess.
I'm a bit skeptical about this, hence the question mark in the thread title. Please let me know if you have any more information about this!
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wedgetail737 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 5524 posts, RR: 5 Reply 1, posted (1 year 1 month 2 hours ago) and read 12019 times:
Vision with a 767-200ER's? Are the 767-200ER's going to be in a Premium class? Many Koreans book their flights via Korean travel agencies. Both SoCal and Seattle have very large Korean populations. It would be interest to see, but I'm skeptical as well.
Cargolex From United States of America, joined Apr 2010, 1153 posts, RR: 9 Reply 5, posted (1 year 4 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 11569 times:
Quoting HOONS90 (Thread starter):
It appears that Vision Airlines plans to operate a 3x weekly LAX-SEA-ICN service starting later this month using 767-200ERs.
I'd love to see a Vision 767 at SEA, but in all honesty I'm very skeptical. Up against KE and OZ, I can't see why anyone would launch a service like this. Yeah, the price is much lower than either of those (it would have to be), but SEA-ICN is a market that is well served, and certainly LAX-ICN is as well, with one more option (TG) coming soon.
That doesn't look like a terribly fun timetable either, honestly.
Also, since Vision only has one 762ER (N766VA, as far as I can tell), how will they run this service?
EDIT: I see the ex-UA 762s are converted to ER spec, so strike that last comment.
Fly2yyz From Canada, joined Jan 2006, 964 posts, RR: 2 Reply 6, posted (1 year 4 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 11539 times:
Well I'm certain that the tour operator or company that chartered Vision wanted this to be the routing unfortunately. Looking at the timetable, I cringe! I know I wouldn't to land that late in SEA. Also looking at the prices, its nothing spectacular either. Lets see if this gets off the ground.
AeroWesty From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 18800 posts, RR: 64 Reply 7, posted (1 year 4 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 11492 times:
Quoting Fly2yyz (Reply 6): I know I wouldn't to land that late in SEA.
The arrival time from ICN to SEA looks reasonable enough, 5am. The departure back to ICN departs at 3am, but BR has had a flight that departs SEA in the middle of the night seemingly forever. Currently BR25 departs at 1:50am for TPE.
Gunsontheroof From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 3460 posts, RR: 11 Reply 8, posted (1 year 4 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 10973 times:
I can't imagine that this is going anywhere. Both markets are well-served and I can't imagine why anyone in L.A. would purchase a fare with an unproven carrier (with a stop at SEA) when established options are available. I'd love to see some new metal in the sky around SEA (not that we've had any lack of it in the last decade or so...), but I'm not holding my breath on this one...seems like a tall order for a minor league airline with only two 762s to make work.
RWA380 From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 2157 posts, RR: 4 Reply 9, posted (1 year 4 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 10739 times:
Quoting Gunsontheroof (Reply 8): I can't imagine that this is going anywhere. Both markets are well-served and I can't imagine why anyone in L.A. would purchase a fare with an unproven carrier (with a stop at SEA)
MP did a pretty good job doing exactly the same thing at times, SEA-AMS flights often originated in OAK or LAX, they also used 763's for a long time, a few unremarkable seats up front called Star Class, a definite Y heavy operation. I will say in the two times I took MP SEA-AMS the flights were rather light, albeit in early May (beginning of their seasonal service) but on return into SEA the plane really cleared out, as OAK or LAX pax's didn't have to clear customs 'til their destination.
Next Flights: AS PDX-SEA-KOA on DH4/738 in F, HA KOA-OGG on 717 in Y, AS OGG-PDX on 738 in F
Flighty From United States of America, joined Apr 2007, 7427 posts, RR: 2 Reply 11, posted (1 year 4 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 9566 times:
You can't buy fuel at a discount. Pacific 762ER can't compete on price with a 773ER. At least I am not seeing how you fill the tanks and make money on economy fares -- unless it is premium class effort catering to status-conscious affluent Koreans and Korea Americans. Arguably there is a profit opportunity there, although I don't know the scope of it.
context From United States of America, joined Jul 2009, 34 posts, RR: 0 Reply 20, posted (1 year 4 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 4685 times:
Competing on price alone is never a good strategy and a poor marketing method.
Based on the Port of Seattle's January "Total passengers by Airline" report (includes both enplanements and deplanements) Asiana and Korean Aire lost 8.9% and 4.08% of traffic YOY respectively. Asiana has trimmed capacity (starting when I'm not sure) by introducing the A333 on SEA-ICN which represents a 6.5% decrease in capacity. This may better match the market but it hardly makes space for a new player in the market. It seems the only way Vision could eek out a living would be to undercut competition by price, it seems they would have very little to offer in the way of value-adds such as FFPs or meaningful premium products. I worry not only for Vision but for the health of the route in Seattle.
PS — I have a message in at the public records office to try and get 2012 monthly reports, I'll update as info is available.
Gunsontheroof From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 3460 posts, RR: 11 Reply 21, posted (1 year 4 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 4371 times:
Quoting context (Reply 20): Asiana has trimmed capacity (starting when I'm not sure) by introducing the A333 on SEA-ICN which represents a 6.5% decrease in capacity. This may better match the market but it hardly makes space for a new player in the market.
Pretty sure that was sometime in October or November, possibly earlier. I was surprised to see an OZ A333 fly over my place one day and figured it was a sub, but it kept on coming...we really have a nice stable of A333s going here at SEA these days.
Quoting context (Reply 20): I worry not only for Vision but for the health of the route in Seattle.
January's not the best month to gauge the health of any route at SEA (and didn't both carriers add frequencies in the last year?), but I agree that the numbers don't give much reason to think there's room for another carrier on SEA-ICN. KE and OZ should both have nice summer seasons on the route.
wedgetail737 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 5524 posts, RR: 5 Reply 22, posted (1 year 4 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 4258 times:
Quoting Gunsontheroof (Reply 21): I was surprised to see an OZ A333 fly over my place one day and figured it was a sub, but it kept on coming...we really have a nice stable of A333s going here at SEA these days.
The OZ A333 was a downgrade from a 777-200ER in terms of equipment, but I think the OZ flight operates daily. KE flew their A332's during the Fall and Winter. However, the aircraft is back to being a 777-200ER.
N770WD From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 122 posts, RR: 2 Reply 23, posted (1 year 4 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 4101 times:
Quoting hp2us (Reply 14): Maxjet had a similar idea right before going under.
Kind of. MAXjet applied for LAX-SEA-PVG under the DOT China route allocation in mid-2007, to start service in 2009. China was capacity constrained with limited competition, particularly for business class seats. Very different from SEA-ICN. DOT granted the authority to US Airways for PHL-PEK, which of course never flew it. The way the DOT process worked, showing interest in markets (even with a low chance of winning) was important for future proceedings.
Quoting crj200faguy (Reply 17): Ah Maxjet, I flew them once June 2005. I knew they wouldn't last long. Severely inferior product than the people they were trying to steal business from.
Must have been an interesting trip, since MAXjet started ops in November 2005. The product was never positioned to be equal to the flat-bed business class products that cost a multiple of the MAXjet fare. That was Eos. The MAXjet model was less than daily service, long-haul routes, and a premium leisure focus. Silverjet was in between MAXjet and Eos, priced lower than Eos but with more of a business mix than MAXjet. None of the three survived the economic downturn and fuel prices, with all folding within five months of each other.
anonms From United States of America, joined Dec 2007, 561 posts, RR: 0 Reply 24, posted (1 year 4 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 3929 times:
Quoting AeroWesty (Reply 7): The arrival time from ICN to SEA looks reasonable enough, 5am. The departure back to ICN departs at 3am, but BR has had a flight that departs SEA in the middle of the night seemingly forever. Currently BR25 departs at 1:50am for TPE.
A lot of TPAC flights depart for Asia around then because that's probably the best timing: you end up landing in Asia between 5 and 7 in the morning.
Tritons rule. CI rocks.
25 Cargolex: BR 25 is essnetially the only flight going out at that time from SEA, international or otherwise, except for the occasional cargo flight. SEA is dese
26 anonms: BR and CI also operate "midnight"-ish flights from SFO and LAX (so does the LAX-SEA leg which continues to ICN that Vision's planning), thought both
27 Atrude777: STRAIGHT FROM VISION AIRLINES ON THEIR FACEBOOK PAGE... Vision Airlines 2 hours ago Good Afternoon Folks! Please note that Vision Airlines has no invo
28 GSPSPOT: Man, Vision is just throwing ANYTHING at the wall to see if it'll stick!! Good luck to them, but I don't have much confidence in anything they attempt
29 HOONS90: Wow. Guess my skepticism and suspicion about this turned out to be right...Thanks! Sounds like a total scam to me... The Twitter page has also been r
30 B727FA: Interestingly enough, a friend of mine is a 767 CA on for Vision and they'd been hearing the same thing, charts and all. But he was saying the biggest
31 crj200faguy: You are correct. I meant June 2006. I should have remembered it was during the World Cup.
32 flyboi4life: Seems like the first link with the time table has been removed... If only I knew Korean
33 HOONS90: It says that due to high traffic volume, the website is temporarily disabled.
34 wedgetail737: I believe DL has a night-time departure to PEK from SEA. Also, BA isn't the only Europe service aligned with BA...you also have FI and Condor (during
35 HeeseokKoo: No surprising to anyone here. It's gone. The article (in Korean) says there was full refund for all purchases. http://traveltimes.co.kr/news/news_t...
36 yeelep: The BR 777 is still leaving around 2am. I'm over at the AS hangar and there's no mistaking the sound of the GE-90's during start up.