Sure hope so...getting those flights back sure would help improve the Oregon economy. I did hear that the new guv, Ted Kulongoski, took a trip to the far east to drum up business, and discussed restoring the flights at the same time. I think ANA would be the frontrunner right now, with either 763 or 777 aircraft running it.
One of the several reasons why Delta decided to pull out was that United was not only beating them by running pax via SEA
on #875, but they had huge Asian populations going to NRT
as well. In fact, when Shuttle by United was in place, lots of those flights were nearly all Japanese passengers, and UAL had to put a f/a with language capability on them. I worked for UA
the summer of '95, and remember those huge hard-shell suitcases they'd use.
Back to the subject...PDX
has always had a tough time attracting and keeping international routes, mainly due to a.) proximity to YVR
b.) low cost flights to SFO
, and c.) not a big enough base to make it profitable and sustainable in the long run. UA
ran it for 4 years with 742's.
As was pointed out, the immigration scandal burned PDX
badly in the Asian countries, many passsengers vowing never to fly into PDX
and deal with customs. The director who was responsible has since retired, but I had heard that it's now TSA
and customs that are running things to the letter. As a result, LH
has had a hell of a time with bringing tools in, etc. and one LH
supervisor was suspended for two weeks by a TSA
employee on a powertrip.
So....it may happen, but then that airline may end up pulling out a few years after due to profitibaility reasons. One ray of hope, though: a lot of companies based in CA
are leaving due to the current crisis there, and may opt to relocate to OR
, so the demand for a PDX
route may increase over the next year or so.
And the winner for best actress is....REESE WITHERSPOON for 'Walk the Line'!!!!!!!!