Another stumbling block to any service US-Japan would be landing rights and slots at places like NRT
. Another would be adding a new fleet type (I know they are mixed already) and considering the right now they are mainly a 737 operator, adding a 763 or similar widebody would add a load of costs (ops, handling, mx, etc...) and other issues that might not play well with any money made off of the route.
While on paper it seems like a good idea, but in reality it's too big for AS
. They have done very well cultivating a strong system and expanding slowly and steadily, but also intelligently. While there may be a pax base for them out of SEA
, the other carriers operating to Asia from SEA
would make those plans very difficult. And besides, like someone else mentioned, they have the NW
codeshare, so they are pretty much covered.
Just my 2 cents...