CO served Sydney, Melbourne, Auckland, Nadi and Pago Pago in the late 1970s until the mid 1980s with DC10 aircraft. Flights were routed LAX
and then went on to South Pacific destinations - some flights were routed via the islands on certain days of the week while others went nonstop to Auckland or Sydney and continued on to Melbourne. Also, American Airlines at one time flew a south pacific network with 707s which did not last very long. CO
ordered two additional DC10-30s (the last DC10s ordered by CO
direct from Douglas) to operate the south pacific services. Intitially, CO
with the south pacific, but with the introduction of longer-range aircraft, CO
had difficulty competing with new nonstop and onestop flights accross the pacific and pax grew tiresome of CO
's two-stop non-daily services to pacific destinations.
Regarding a potential IAH
nonstop, if CO
chose to operate it, I think it would be a major success, as it would provide many, many connection opportunities out of IAH
that are not available out of LAX
, an Australian connection via IAH
would offer easy one-stop opporunities between Australia and the entire Gulf Coast/Midwest/Southeast regions of the US (where AA
is not that strong) and easy connections to Latin America......an EWR
routing would be ideal. We can dream, cant we?