Before you decide to write something that’s intended to offend somebody, you should have your facts straight.
- Did you listen to Wednesday’s webcast? Richard Anderson clearly indicated that SARS has had minimal effect on NW
’s Pacific network – loads have remained strong (in fact, loads to Manila and Seoul have increased) and cargo has remained steady. The lone exception is HKG
. Instead of canceling NRT
will ferry a fourth A320 to Japan. It will replace the B742 beginning 4/20.
- Do you read NW
’s financial reports? NW
has consistently tinkered with its Pacific network (e.g. killing the Seoul and, later, the Osaka hubs; eliminating most transpacific point-to-point flying like MSP
) … the end result is that it has consistently remained profitable. Last year, the port crisis significantly helped NW
’s cargo division, which made the Pacific network profitable overall. While I definitely agree that the effects of cargo are exageerated on a.net (e.g. US’s PHL
will be profitable purely on cargo – yeah, right; I bet the route won’t return next summer).
- According to Richard Anderson, NW
’s losses come from primarily its domestic and transatlantic network… and its reflected in its schedule cuts: the transpacific network saw very few frequency reductions, and the SEA
will fly as scheduled. Meanwhile, the Atlantic network lost significantly more of its frequencies, and planned DTW
(as well as seasonal DTW
) service was cancelled.
flies very few transpacific flights… most of the traffic is flown via NRT
. In contrast, UA
operates significantly more transpacific flights and about half as many flights via NRT
. The end result is that NW
is helped out greatly by ex-Japan traffic (especially since the fares are significantly more… one can fly to PEK
ex-USA for about the same as somebody ex-Japan).
- Contrary to popular belief, PA lost a significant amount of money off its Pacific network whereas NW
made a significant amount of money. After UA
acquired PA’s network, things didn’t change much… although UA
’s had a couple good years, the network (collectively) lost has lost a ton of money. NW
, despite operating less-efficent aircraft in later years (B744, B742 and DC-10 vs. UA
's B744, B777)