If you take a look at the majority of US airlines, AA, DL, CO, TWA, they have all bought the 747, but have all been ready to get rid of it. The only airlines it has worked for are NW and UA. If you take the EU and compare it to the US, it is roughly the same size, but almost every major carrier provides 747 service somewhere. BA, KLM, AF, LH, Olympic (for a while), Iberia, Alitalia, Swissair. They even fly a lot of these to the US, but if you look at US airlines, particularly the flights going to Europe, they are all 777's or smaller. What's the deal? Is it because the US airlines provide more direct service, thus not needing a 744-sized aircraft?
On the same page, if you look at the flights going to Asia from the US, a lot of them are being downgraded to 777's. However, all of the Asian majors are sending in their 744's to the US. But, aside from UA and NW, there isn't much direct service to Asia, i.e. point to point. So what's the deal with US airlines and the 747 not working for them, but for everyone else in the world?
"Bangkok Tower, United 890 Heavy. Bangkok Tower, United 890 Heavy.....Okay, fine, we'll just turn 190 and Visual Our Way