I live in New Hampshire and would love to see Boston on the 'new cities' list for ANA, but in my opinion any Asian nonstop out of Boston will be primarily driven by high-tech business demand. The closest we ever came to getting nonstop Asian service was pre-2000, when AA
actually announced (and, I believe, started booking) Boston to Narita nonstops on MD
In any event, as much as I'd like to see ANA start nonstops out of Boston, I am skeptical as to how successful they'd be. Perhaps they could run a flight from BOS
(no local traffic allowed, as is customary) and then on from there. That way, ANA can see how much demand out of Boston there is without allocating a whole plane to the route. Korean Air did this with a 747-400, but it didn't last long...I think the falloff in high-tech business travel caused its demise. 2007 is a long way off, and no one knows what the business travel landscape will look like then. A one-stopper a la Korean Air would be a good daily flight, I think. A nonstop Boston-Japan would be best off being 2x per week, or 3x..but certainly no more frequent than that until the route proves itself.
I also would think that a stop enroute (such as SFO
) is actually a good thing for Boston passengers because it gives them time to stretch their legs. This is one route where a stop might be a GOOD thing.
Chris in NH