A2 and Gigneil,
There is almost no chance in hell that United will get this route.
First United has already been awarded 7 new 2004 frequencies from the new agreement and they are starting ORD
in October. This is an obvious stab to try and block American from getting rights on the same route in 2005 and 2006. (just like they did in
got 7 (2004) new frequencies and started DTW
In 2005 the US gets one new passenger designation and 7 new weekly frequencies which means that the new passenger designation will 99% likely get the new 7 frequencies. This is going to be AA
may get it if they get their act together but very unlikley)
American has been lobbying Washington for years on getting rights to China and COntinental represents big markets to CHina from New York and Houston.
In 2006 the US will get yet another designation but it will be either passenger or all-cargo. Most likely between AA
, whoever doesn't get the 2005 designation will get the 2006 and the 7 additional 2006 weekly frequencies as well.
If you want to see the DOcket, Continental has already replied which says it all. Check out the link at http://dmses.dot.gov/docimages/pdf89/294747_web.pdf
Mark my words - UNITED ALREADY HAS 28 FREQUENCIES IN
THE MARKET _ they WILL NOT GET THESE FREQUENCIES....it's a shame because SFO
would be a great route. They should really convince China SOuthern to use frequencies allotted to CHina (which aren't being fully utilized like the US side) and start CAN