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Northwest's Intra-Asia Service

Fri Apr 29, 2005 1:15 pm

After seeing the following picture, it got me wondering. How many aircraft does NW have stationed in Asia to serve these intra-asian routes? What cities are served by this "funneling" system?

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RE: Northwest's Intra-Asia Service

Fri Apr 29, 2005 1:41 pm

If I recall correctly, they have three. Not all intra-Asia routes are flown with 757s, some are flown with 747-400s. From Tokyo, they fly intra-Asia to Hong Kong, Singapore, Seoul, Busan, Taipei, Manila, Nagoya (no local traffic rights), Beijing, Shanghai, and Guangzhou. They used to serve Kaoshing as well, until SARS. They also fly Osaka-Taipei and Nagoya-Manila.
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RE: Northwest's Intra-Asia Service

Fri Apr 29, 2005 1:52 pm

NRT-BKK A332
NRT-CAN 757
NRT-GUM 742
NRT-HKG 744
NRT-ICN A332
NRT-MNL 744
NRT-NGO-SPN 757
NRT-PEK A332
NRT-PUS 757
NRT-PVG 744
NRT-SIN A332
NRT-SPN 742

NGO-MNL 744

The only aircraft station in Asia are the 3 757's based in NRT. The 744's, 742's, A332's, and DC-10's (if they are on the schedule, which they currently are not) are all continuations of Trans-Pacific flights.
 
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RE: Northwest's Intra-Asia Service

Fri Apr 29, 2005 3:03 pm

Last week I was spotting at NRT and I met a UPS pilot who's also a spotting enthusiast. While there I saw N544NW, N546NW and N547NW. We were talking about it and he mentioned that the reason NW went through the trouble of bringing and stationing these 752's in NRT is so that they (NW) can get more flights out of NRT. Apparently NRT is so congested that the main runway is tightly controlled and the secondary runway is not long enough for 747's. Therefore NW brought in 757's from the mainland.

I think NW uses 757's from NRT on these Asian routes:

http://www.nwa.com/travel/trave/route/asia.shtml

Last time I flew NRT - SIN was on a 747, though.
 
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RE: Northwest's Intra-Asia Service

Fri Apr 29, 2005 7:42 pm

Thanks Roots for not reading my post, as I said there are only 3 757's over in NRT, the rest are flown my widebody aircraft that come over from across the Pacific.

Originally A320's were brought over to NRT to right-size certain markets and add a new destination or two. This was brought on by primarily by the SARS problems, the post 9/11 travel slump, and the fact that the 742 & DC-10's were too big for many markets. When demand picked up the A320's were replaced by 757's. As NW has taken deliveries of A332's they have been better able to adjust capacity with demand on the "beyond NRT" routes. You are correct about the fact that the 757 is able to you the 2nd shorter runways which is how NW was able to get more slots in the first place.
 
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RE: Northwest's Intra-Asia Service

Fri Apr 29, 2005 7:47 pm

SPN Gets to Overnite a 757 NRT-NGO-SPN Overnite (0010- 0855) SPN-NGO-NRT
 
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RE: Northwest's Intra-Asia Service

Fri Apr 29, 2005 11:49 pm

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RE: Northwest's Intra-Asia Service

Sat Apr 30, 2005 7:35 am

The A332 was bad news to me, cause It was still hard to get on the overbooked 744 from BKK-NRT and now an A332 makes it even harder.
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RE: Northwest's Intra-Asia Service

Sat Apr 30, 2005 8:25 am

Don't all NW flights to Asia transit NRT?

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RE: Northwest's Intra-Asia Service

Sat Apr 30, 2005 8:34 am

Non-NRT Trans-Pacific flying is:

DTW-KIX 744
DTW-NGO 744
HNL-KIX DC-10
KIX-TPE 744
NGO-MNL 744
NGO-SPN 757
 
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RE: Northwest's Intra-Asia Service

Sat Apr 30, 2005 9:10 pm

Ok, well at least all flight transit Japan...  Smile

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RE: Northwest's Intra-Asia Service

Sun May 01, 2005 1:05 am

What's the benefit of NW's system of intra Asia flying? I would rather fly non stop to most of these places as is offered by the likes of United and AC. There is enough traffic on most of those routes.

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RE: Northwest's Intra-Asia Service

Sun May 01, 2005 1:43 pm

Well one of the benefits is that unlike the old hags that fly the Pacific, the inter-Asian routes have some hot looking young Asian F/A's!!!
 
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RE: Northwest's Intra-Asia Service

Sun May 01, 2005 7:40 pm

Quoting Crownvic (Reply 12):
Well one of the benefits is that unlike the old hags that fly the Pacific, the inter-Asian routes have some hot looking young Asian F/A's!!!

Yeah, this is the sole reason for NW's intra-asian routes...  banghead 

Isn't it just a smart way of keeping load factors up? Instead of flying a half full plane from the US to TPE, fly a full plane to KIX, dump off half the pax, and take advantage of the huge intra-asian market.

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RE: Northwest's Intra-Asia Service

Sun May 01, 2005 11:35 pm

Quoting AC787 (Reply 11):
What's the benefit of NW's system of intra Asia flying? I would rather fly non stop to most of these places as is offered by the likes of United and AC. There is enough traffic on most of those routes.

That is a good question. UA tries to play both markets. They have a NRT hub to feed Asian operations (but don't have any planes based there, just wide body continuation flights) as well as having select high yielding and high demand routes nonstop from SFO and/or ORD.

The benefit of transiting everyone through NRT for NW is that they make connections easier. NW has no large hub on the west coast like UA or AC does. So if someone was wanting to fly for example SEA-HKG, they can make an easy connection through NRT which isn't much out of the way. Without the Japanese hub, NW would have to invest a lot of money to create a strong west coast hub, or else lose half the countries demand to Asia. Also you can get into some range issues from DTW, since it is farther to Asia, and the only plane in NWs fleet that can make DTW to Asia is the 744.

UA and AC have SFO and YVR respectively that both have a large amount of feed and demand for Asian travel. People tend to prefer not having to make domestic connections after international flights as well. It is a lot easier going HKG-NRT-SEA then HKG-SFO-SEA since you need a lot of time to get through customs and immigration and then have to deal with a short hop after flying for hours. With the slots and the rights to carry onwards passengers from Japan, UA and NW can do very well with a NRT semi hub.
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