KL, lets dissect these routes for a moment to see if you can engage in fact before you post.
), Japan">NRT: Still operated as cargo...no longer needed to fly pax through ANC
as, for the past 30 years or so, most aircraft have had the range to do west-coast to Japan routes.
), Japan">NRT: Cancelled for the very reason this post exists.
: Reinstated for connecting pax.
), Japan">NRT: Route rights transferred to MSP
in tandem for eventual transfer to DTW
did not have enough feeder capacity, nor the name in the Chicagoland area that AA
/UA had, so the route was not profitable. Send it to a hub and provide connecting passengers.
-SEL: See above.
: See about the debacle between Japan, Australia, and the 5th freedom rights NW was stripped of.
LAX-HKG: One-stop through AA), Japan">NRT in effort to build asian hub.
LAX-KIX: Transferred to DTW
LAX-HNL: Still operated.
BOS-LGW: With KLM partnership solidified, and in an effort to find some concrete financial ground, NW focused on building the AMS hub with connections to cities. Coveted routes such as LGW, CDG, FRA sent to hubs, moreover, Detroit, where the Republic acquisition allowed NW to have a true hub and build a European gateway. No connecting traffic, plus DL's acquisition of many Pan Am routes. Delta also could leverage their large east-southeast position for better connections.
BOS-CDG: See above
BOS-MAD: See above
BOS-FRA: See above
BOS-GLA: See above
BOS-SFO: See above
BOS-LAX: See above
HNL-NGO: Died shortly after HP's NGO route died. AA), Japan">NRT was more lucrative.
HNL-SFO: Competition edged them out.
MSP-OSL: Scandanavian contingent in MSP thought to be larger than it was, so they pulled out...Icelandair has proved otherwise.
DTW-MAD: I believe this route may be resurrected as a seasonal one.
DTW-MXP: Extremely poor loads. Again, use KL to connect.
DTW-FCO: See above...incidentally, I was on this flight in 02/2001, one of 18 passengers outbound, 14 on the return.
DTW-HKG: Use AA), Japan">NRT.
KIX-SYD: See above link for 5th freedom debacle.
AA), Japan">NRT-CGK: ???
AA), Japan">NRT-MNL: Still Operated
AA), Japan">NRT-GUM: Still Operated
AA), Japan">NRT-SPN: Still Operated
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