I mentioned the possibility of CO
service to Osaka in my post above regarding CO
's usage of the 777, pre 9/11 there were serious rumors that CO
would introduce service from Houston and/or Newark to Osaka, in addition to the Tokyo service, to expand their presence in the Japanese market......I think the rumors were very serious and it was said that Osaka would be the next city after the Hong Kong service was established. What I heard is that EWR
-Osaka would be daily, and later a 4 times per week IAH
-Osaka service would follow.
Then came 9/11 and everything else that has followed since, including the downturn in the world economy, and now SARS, and CO
service to Osaka is not talked about very much; however, when things turn around, I am sure that CO
will revisit its plans to serve more cities in the Far East out of its hubs with its 777s and look for the Hong Kong service to be reinstated on a daily basis with plans to open Osaka to follow thereafter.