Where would they park all the plane at LAX? Tom Bradely is too crowded as is and normally if you arrive early on a trans-Pacific flight due to extreme favorable tail wind. you will just sit on the runway and wait, sometimes as long as 2 hours.
Tell that to Air India, Pakistan Intl and Alitalia..there're coming (or returning) and Bradley has to put 'em some place.
And how do you expect members of the largest Vietnamese community (outside of Vietnam) to get to Vietnam? Fly LAX
-Vietnam? TWO stops??? UA
won't be able to sell that to anyone down here! CX
-Vietnam connex , CI
-Vietnam connexs are clearly an better/easier sell! VN
however can walk right in and virtually own the market..well sort of...I'm sure a lot of Vietnamese locals won't take too kindly to flying the carrier flying the 'red flag'...they'd probably rather give their cash to anyone else. Many of them are still bitter and still hold rallies supporting the yellow flag with red strips in Orange County.
As for a consulate many carriers fly to US cities where they have no consulate. And cities with consulates..have no service at all. Washington has all the Embassies..and LAX
has more Intl' carriers than Dulles by far! The determining factor in establishing air service is the ability to garner market share. Diplomacy's nice ..but revenue generating pax is better...
"Home of the Brave, made by the Slaves..Land of the Free, if you look like me.." T. Jefferson