Matt777 From Cayman Islands, joined Oct 2001, 503 posts, RR: 6 Posted (13 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 1974 times:
Some weeks ago Delta Airlines cut off some of their Pacific Routes, leaving ATL-Tokio as the only pacific route.
Delta is currently expanding its Huge Atlantic network...
Now, wait a second ... United is not doing good, right. I am a strong United fan but I think that there is a trend, a trend that said bye bye to PanAm & TWA. I think that Ual has followed a sequence of events that are similar to Pan Am's ... This is pan am's... (correct me if wrong)
(After becoming the worlds biggest airline, made it inefficient, problems began to appear and people stop flying the airline. Then they began to sell their routes (Pacific=>UA Atlantic=>DA South A=>AA) finally in 1991 Pan am declared bankrupcy.)
Is Delta (or any other carrier) waiting for UAl to sell the pacific routes for a small amount of money insted of building it up?
Also, do you think that my theory is correct (about the trend)?
Note: I always have some hope that my favourite airline will survive, but this economic recession, the loss of customers that black summer (employee strikes), USAir merger fail, Sept 11 ... all those are events made United lose money, cut traffic etc...
Go UAL & DAL 777s!
Post your opinions please...
Regards from Argentina
ContinentalEWR From United States of America, joined May 2000, 3762 posts, RR: 13
Reply 1, posted (13 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 1946 times:
Delta has been scaling back in Asia for some time. It used to fly from Atlanta, Los Angeles, and Portland to Tokyo and then dropped the PDX-NRT flight to open a JFK-NRT flight which was scrapped after 9/11. Delta also had Portland-Nagoya, Portland-Seoul. The Seoul route was dropped and the Portland-Nagoya flight was transferred to Los Angeles before it was closed. Delta also had an extension of its PDX-SEL flight to Hong Kong. That too, didn't last.
Delta's first transpacific flights were on the L1011-500 and then they switched to the MD11 from 1991 on.
DL Widget Head From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 2100 posts, RR: 5
Reply 2, posted (13 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 1928 times:
It's an interesting theory an does exist within the realm of possibilities. Delta has been raising lots of cash lately (sale of bonds, stock, etc.) to be used for "general corporate purposes". That sounds a little cagey and secretive to me. Maybe they're preparing for some sort of purchase and we all know how inadeqaute Delta's route network is in Asia. Do I think it could happen? Yes. Do I think it will happen? NO. I don't think United would want to give up that cash cow.
Trvlr From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 4430 posts, RR: 20
Reply 7, posted (13 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 1820 times:
Southwest announced today that they will start several new Chicago (Midway)-West Coast nonstop flights in March of this year, among them MDW-SEA, MDW-OAK, and MDW-PHX. In my opinion, this is a major step up by Southwest in the Chicago market. Pretty much the one single area that the major carriers haven't had to deal with WN out of Chicago (besides Int. routes, of course) has been the West Coast. Granted, ATA has had low-coast flights to PHX, LAX, SFO, and I believe SEA for a long time now. However, WN's new flights I believe will have both a significant pyschological effect on those people travelling between America's 3rd largest city and the West, and subsequently shake up the market a little bit. I think we'll see lower fares from the majors on the new routes over the next few months as Southwest will undoubtedly launch a sale to herald these new routes. As I also believe that these routes will be very successful for WN, I think that in the future we'll see MDW-SJC, MDW-LAX, and MDW-SAN.