Who would be the prime target airline for such a Paris service?
Air France is the target and the preferred carrier.
United has clearly shown that it is not interested in starting an Europe service with the exception of LHR. As for Asia, lately I've heard from a couple that if United gets in better shapes, they will add DEN-NRT in about 2 years. I was a little bit surprised, but from what I've heard DEN makes sense as an alternative for Asia connections. Mainly because SFO and LAX service levels are quite high while ORD and IAD seem to be handling the Europe traffic well enough.
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ANA would make the most sense... they stand to benefit the most of the Japanese carriers, and would increase UA's mainline and regional feed at DEN, which seems to be a good focus.
Believe it or not, JAL was the first airline to bring up the idea of launching DEN service. Originally the plan was to start 3x weekly service on a 744, but with a stop in LAX. I'm assuming they would have taken there existin NRT-LAX service, and extended the route to DEN.
However, I think they realized they wouldn't stand a chance to United's connections. There isn't much benefit of one-stop flights when you can connect for even cheaper. That's one of the reasons why Korean Air failed in Denver. IF, the flight operated non-stop, it may have been successful.
Oh well what's done is done.
Lately (the past year or so), ANA has become interest. Probably because JAL became interested and they want to beat them to it.
Isn't competition great?
Brings out the good in airlines
If UA doesn't start NRT-DEN service first, you can count that it would be on ANA. Although I've heardt he earliest Denver will see NRT service is around January 2005 because of the poor economic conditions which have greatly impacted Asia - North America relations more so than Europe - North America relations.
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