Good to hear Continental is expanding in the Pacific. Hiroshima will be another one of the many cities Continental Micronesia serves from Guam.
A little off topic, but I noticed that Continental has discontinued GUM-KIX
service, probably around a year ago, I wonder what the problem was with the flights...high landing fees? Guam flights seem to do very well in Japan with the many CO
Micronesia flights and the handful of Japanese tourist flights there and KIX
serves Japan's second largest city. Also, a little wishful thinking on my part, but I wonder how viable a flight to Okinawa from Guam would be...I believe Continental and Northwest flew that route in the early 1990s. Okinawa is not a very large area in population, but I wonder if the US Armed Forces' presence on the island could provide some demand as well as tourism. The former especially with the ending of the AMC (Air Mobility Command)'s discontinuation of the "Patriot Express" charters from the US to Kadena AFB. But a GUM flight would probably be more inconvenient and out of the way than going through KIX
for passengers going to the mainland United States. Just thinking aloud...
DeltaMIA: I'd imagine Northwest would be the largest carrier to Japan. This would be measured in the number of passengers flown to/from Japan. While Continental offers many more destinations in Japan, those flights are mostly Continental Micronesia 737-800s and not all of those flights are daily. Continental does fly a couple of widebodies into Narita and there will be 767s going to Chubu next year.
[Edited 2004-10-22 04:44:04]