Zeus01 From United States of America, joined May 2001, 744 posts, RR: 2 Posted (13 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 2428 times:
FRom what I always understood, NWA and United were the powerhouses of the pacific. I always heard that Delta and American and Continental were more focued on European travel than Aisian. I know now for a fact that NWA and United do have mroe routes and planes in the pacific, so why don't the other US airlines. I mean, you don't see small loads of people flying from NRT-SIN. Its almost never smaller than a 777 or 747. So somebody explain why the others don't focus on asian travel. I guess Im confused.
Ryu2 From Taiwan, joined Aug 2002, 504 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (13 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 2376 times:
By the original US-Japan bilateral agreement signed in 1951, NW and Pan Am were the two US airlines allowed fifth freedom rights from Japan, so they basically used Tokyo as a hub to serve many other Asian destinations. UA later inherited Pan Am's Pacific routes, including intra-Asia ones.
The other airlines like DL, AA, CO do not have such an Asian hub in place, so their routes are much less because they have to fly straight from the US.
Watewate From Canada, joined Nov 2000, 2284 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (13 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 2338 times:
Ryu2 said it.
NW and UA dominance is no surprise considering their NRT hubs. CO has a nifty little hub in GUM, but it's too far down to serve as a connecting hub like NRT. Also, it lacks the sheer O&D scale that Tokyo presents. You can also thank the advances in global airline alliances.