|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
The benefit of transiting everyone through NRT
is that they make connections easier. NW
has no large hub on the west coast like UA
does. So if someone was wanting to fly for example SEA
, 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.
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
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
can do very well with a NRT
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