What is the likelihood of foreign airlines in particular Singapore Airlines, Malaysia Airlines & Thai Airways given the authority to operate flights between Mainland China and the US? American carriers are already given a hard time by the Chinese govt to operate more flights, it's only recently that the market has been opened up which paves the way for more transpac services over the next 2 years. With that said, what chances do 3rd party airlines have in this protected market?
Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong and South Korea have traditionally been the jump-off point for Transpacific flights operated by SQ, MH and TG. All of these carriers would be dying to operate Transpacific flights via China as this is one of the biggest largely uptapped markets in the world, almost at their own doorstep.
How do you foresee SQ, MH & TG one day operating Transpacific flights via China? How many years would you give before this could happen? That also includes flights to Canada.
[Edited 2004-11-24 12:43:15]