"It was always awesome in the late 70's to see up to a dozen 747's lined up for the afternoon departures to Asia at SFO
. Even today when I see UA
planes in Asia I am not impressed...they did NOTHING to develop them Asia routes, they only bought them."
I completely disagree with this statement. For one thing, there was not a dozen 747s at SFO
departing for Asia. Looking at Pan Am's route map from January 1, 1980, you see that the only trans-Pacific flights offered by Pan Am (not including Hawaii) were to Tokyo and Hong Kong. Two cities, that's it. Look at United today from SFO
...they have nonstops to far more cities, including Beijing, Shanghai, Osaka, Sydney and Seoul in addition to Tokyo and Hong Kong.
Let's go one step further and take a look and the rest of Pan Am's Pacific routes from the mainland US at the time (1980). They only had seven routes total:
Tokyo - JFK
Tokyo - SFO
Tokyo - LAX
Osaka - LAX
Hong Kong - SFO
Sydney - LAX
Auckland - LAX
United has grown this market tremendously. Yes, Osaka - LAX
and Auckland - LAX
are gone. But United flies nonstop to Asia from Seattle, has four routes from Chicago - Asia, has greatly expanded into China and Hong Kong and flies from SFO
to the South Pacific. Not to mention the way they fully developed the domestic feed into both LAX
To say that United only bought the routes and did nothing to develop them is complete and utter nonsense.