AA61, I asked this same question about China Eastern a while back and did not get a reply but I think it is supposed to start in the next week or two. I thought one of the news stories said that it would be Feb. 10th or 14th but it might be early March before the MD11 shows up here.
As far as DFW
I think Concorde is probably right - the oil industry will continue to feed international pax to Houston so they will probably get a few middle eastern and/or asian carriers at IAH
. Maybe Korean will startup service there or continue on from DFW
due to CO
's involvement with Skyteam carriers. As far as DFW
is concerned, it won't be an influx of new carriers but I'm betting they'll announce one or two new carriers when the int'l. terminal opens - I'm guessing JAL and Eva, whom there have been quite a few rumblings about starting up a combi/pax service to DFW
. Eva came here a few years ago with cargo service and now controls about 17% of the international cargo to DFW
. Korean cargo grew 25% over last year so maybe they'll consider an extra flight or two a week with 744 combis. The only other carrier that seems like it might warrant service is QF
, but if they ever come I doubt it would be more than 3x weekly - there's just not enough potential business to warrant a daily 744. And if they can get the rights and if the cargo service does as well as expected, maybe China Eastern could try pax service.
Whatever happens, you can bet AA
will try to sideswipe any carrier that tries to startup service to DFW
, unfortunately. Should be interesting.