In the mid 80's UA, TG, NW, and JL are ran the SEA-AA), Japan">NRT route. TG and JL about 3x weekly maybe 4. NW and UA daily.
Here is my question. I thought I remembered the government forcing UA to give up the SEA-AA), Japan">NRT slot to CO? CO ran it for a while before it was given to AA? AA ran it with NW and then in '98 UA came back into the market.
How did this all come about?
Now do the airlines have a set number of slots and pick that way? Like UA could move the SEA-AA), Japan">NRT to instead have 3 daily SFO-AA), Japan">NRT or a 2nd daily LAX-AA), Japan">NRT? Which in fact I believe the SEA-AA), Japan">NRT came from. (The 2nd LAX-AA), Japan">NRT)???
I'm interested due to the rumor of NW going with the 332 down from the 742. UA runs the 777. Capacity takes a hit and makes the AA rumor of coming back to SEA-AA), Japan">NRT make sense?