I have often wondered why is it that NO US carrier operated flights into Malaysia - until February this year when Northwest Airlines recommenced its service after a 15-year gap.
Northwest even today only operates a little DC10 feeder service into Osaka-Kansai from Kuala Lumpur. Its not like there are few travellers between the two countries. The US still remains one of Malaysia's largest trading partners and US tourist arrivals into Malaysia lie within the top 10.
For years, only Malaysia Airlines operated between LAX and KUL (until they started a Newark-Dubai-KUL 777-service - incidently, one of the world's longest one-hop flights).
It's just always struck me as somewhat odd - that S.E.Asia is so inaccessible to US-carriers...any thoughts?