Many of you think its preposterous but many managers at Dulles think its not a matter of IF but a matter of WHEN. We will see what happens. Don't shoot me though, I am just the messenger and wanted to know if anyone else had heard the rumors.
I'm not going to shoot you, but I have to completely disagree with any assertion that ANA will simply give up NRT
. In the near-long term NH
plans to strengthen it's NA
presence, and profitability, particularly in IAD
. Within the next 15 months ANA will start 777-300ER service to JFK
and possibly add frequency to SFO
. The Bread and butter customers of ANA, first and business class passengers, simply will not accept United's lower level of service and would pick JAL out of JFK
rather than take UA
. Also cargo revenue is a very lucrative proposition for NH
especially on the inbound flight from NRT
where it is often 50% of the total revenues for the segment. NRT
is the 1st or 2nd most profitable international route for NH
. What possible incentive could UA
provide them for giving it up? And as far as load factors go, NH
load factor out of IAD
ihas been much higher than 70% through the first 3q of fiscal 2004 and the JFK
flight is doing a lot better than "half full".
I really hate to hear unfounded rumors like this with nothing to back them up. Who cares what other managers at IAD
think about the situation of airlines they don't run. The ANA management does not have any plans to fold up the tent anytime soon.