Some clarifications:
NW and
UA are the only two USA-based carriers that operate, and the only two that can operate, hubs at
NRT.
NW and PA were originally awarded the Fifth Freedom rights;
UA purchased PA’s Pacific network in 1985 and has since dismantled/rebuilt most of it.
NW is a larger carrier than
UA to/from/within Asia – in fact,
NW’s the second largest carrier – behind JAL – at
NRT. Each carrier has made many changes to its network within the past several years...
NW has concentrated on its
NRT hub, eliminating odd-ball nonstops (e.g.
DTW-
PEK/PVG,
HKG-
MSP/
SEA, etc.) as well as pretty much all of its
KIX hub;
UA has made fewer changes (e.g. eliminating
NRT-PVG,
SFO-
PEK).
Below is a listing of each carrier’s network to/from/within Asia effective this summer. Although it looks like
UA operates a larger network, keep in mind that their listing (below) is much more redundant than my
NW listing (I didn’t feel like editing it)… and
NW’s aircraft are configured to hold more pax than
UA’s.
Northwest Airlines:
KIX-
DTW (744)
KIX-
HNL (742)
KIX-
SEA (DC-10)
KIX-
TPE (744)
NGO-
DTW (744)
NGO-
MNL (744)
NRT-
BKK (744)
NRT-
DTW (twice daily; 744, 744)
NRT-GUM (742)
NRT-
HKG (742)
NRT-
HNL (twice daily; 742, 742)
NRT-
ICN (742)
NRT-
JFK (744)
NRT-
KHH (320)
NRT-
LAX (742)
NRT-
MNL (742)
NRT-
MSP (eleven frequencies per week; seven 744 and four 742)
NRT-
PEK (744)
NRT-
PUS (320)
NRT-PVG (744)
NRT-
SEA (742)
NRT-
SFO (742)
NRT-
SIN (742)
NRT-
SPN (744)
NRT-
TPE (320)
United Airlines:
BKK-
NRT (777)
HKG-
NRT (744)
HKG-
ORD (744)
HKG-
SFO (744)
HKG-
SIN (744)
ICN-
NRT (twice daily; 744 and 777)
ICN-
SFO (777)
KIX-
HNL (777)
KIX-
SFO (777)
NRT-
BKK (777)
NRT-
HKG (744)
NRT-
HNL (777)
NRT-
ICN (twice daily; 744, 777)
NRT-
JFK (777)
NRT-
LAX (777)
NRT-
ORD (twice daily; 744, 777)
NRT-
PEK (777)
NRT-
SEA (777)
NRT-
SFO (twice daily; 744, 744)
NRT-
SIN (777)
NRT-
TPE (777)
PEK-
NRT (777)
PEK-
ORD (777)
PVG-
SFO (744)
SIN-
HKG (744)
SIN-
NRT (777)
TPE-
NRT (777)
TPE-
SFO (777)
KEY:
744 – Boeing 747-400
742 – Boeing 747-200
777 – Boeing 777-200
320 – Airbus A320