The list of carriers no longer serving Dulles is only looking at half the picture...Dulles can support service to Milan and Alitalia's hub there will help. Alitalia has more hubbing opportunities at MXP
. Alitalia did this right, they entered AFTER United left unlike Sabena and Swiss when they entered Washington market as competitive knee jerk to United actions.
PIA was using A310s and the routing was via YYZ
hardly a competitive product.
VARIG was routed via ATL
(a non-STAR gateway) which made the product just as competitive as routings via MIA
is now served on UA
NONSTOP that is an improvement... VARIG now codeshares on this route.
JAL stupidly entered IAD
shortly after ANA did, one carrier could perform the route at the time NOT TWO, plus JAL came in with inferior product 2x weeky service.
Air Ukraine...was introduced as a prestige route - had nothing to do with inherrent strength of Washington international market. It was IL62 - would you fly on that to IEV?
Spanair's retrenchment was more than just IAD
, they closed routes to South America as a result of 9/11 - SAS (a shareholder) wanted them to focus on intra-Europe operations.
SABENA entered to counter United this is a one carrier market.
Transbrasil served Brasilia and I believe Manaus nonstop, not the large city and economic center: Sao Paulo that probably contributed to failure.
bmi is back and waiting for more liberal rights from US-UK. They bought A330s expecting to serve LHR
was ersatz destination because A330s came quicker than bilateral changes. bmi is no longer seasonal op.
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