There is a huge population of people who, when flying to China, would love to go via ATL
Really? Who? Sure, a nonstop from ATL
would theoretically open quicker connections from lots of places, but that begs the question: how many of those places NEED quicker connections to China? Where is the demand? The large Chinese populations of Mississippi and Alabama? Or the vast business traffic from the Florida panhandle? To me, it's the same problem Delta faced with its PDX
-Asia flights. They had neither a sufficient O&D base in Oregon, nor any connecting opportunities beyond their Asian destination. And besides, what's stopping Southeast travelers from connecting via ORD
? There's no real difference in overall flight time anyway.
's proposed flights from EWR
would add much-needed nonstop service from the New York area, which has not only a huge Chinese population but also a huge amount of business traffic bound for China. Add connections from the Northeast (DCA
, etc.) and the rest of the East Coast all the way down to Florida, and I'd have to say that this flight would benefit more people who actually travel to China
, which in the end is what really matters. Yes, Air China already has a nonstop to PEK
, but it only operates four days a week, and in all honesty CA
's service standards--though vastly improved from yesteryear--still aren't sufficient to keep most business travelers from choosing connections with UA
As for ORD
, as much as I would love to see AA
expand its presence in Asia, it would be absurd to duplicate UA
's existing flights, as very few cities would really gain any improvement in service (except AAdvantage fans I suppose).
I'll admit that I am a bit biased towards the hometown airline here, but even so, when I look at the reality of the situation I have to agree with JoFMO.
Common sense is not so common. -Voltaire