b6sea
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NW SEA-ICN? Since When?

Sun Aug 13, 2006 8:10 am

Hey guys, I was wandering through the depths of Wikipedia and found the SeaTac airport page and it said NW has a flight to ICN. Then I fact-checked on NWA.Com and it confirmed that NW 7/8 are direct flights to ICN. When did this flight start and for how long has it been anounced? Also, what a/c are being used and has this been discussed before? Sorry if it has.

Thanks for any help.

If this doesn't turn out to be any sort of elaborate hoax or I just wasn't quite thurough enough then here's my opinion on the flight to get the thread started.

Without knowing any major specifics, I would say that we need more Japan capacity here in SEA than we do Korea capacity. What with Asiana (Code?) and KE flying the same route with add-ons (I want to say daily but I dont think that's right) that seems to me like overkill for Seoul. We have a large Korean population but I always assumed traffic to Japan was larger and that we would see KIX or NGO flights before another flight to ICN.

Criticisms: I'm just kind of stunned that NW chose to operate this flight. I wish they hadn't to be honest because I'd like to see someone like UA add more asia capacity from SEA as opposed to NW, who may not be around a month from now (no offense, but fingers crossed). Why is NW competing with alliance partner KE??

Good stuff to say: I'm glad to see SEA being used as a transfer point to Asia and hopefully we'll see this become more prevelant. This is also going to positively benefit AS more than NW because I would think most people would be connecting to an AS flight than they would be going to MEM, MSP, or DTW (just a hunch.)

Any info or opinions would be greatly appreciated.

-Chans
 
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RE: NW SEA-ICN? Since When?

Sun Aug 13, 2006 8:22 am

NWA has flights to ICN via NRT from SEA with same aircraft and flight numbering using Airbus A330-200 aircraft.

[Edited 2006-08-13 01:23:24]
 
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RE: NW SEA-ICN? Since When?

Sun Aug 13, 2006 8:39 am

Quoting B6sea (Thread starter):
Without knowing any major specifics, I would say that we need more Japan capacity here in SEA than we do Korea capacity. What with Asiana (Code?) and KE flying the same route with add-ons (I want to say daily but I dont think that's right) that seems to me like overkill for Seoul. We have a large Korean population but I always assumed traffic to Japan was larger and that we would see KIX or NGO flights before another flight to ICN.

NW and UA offer daily nonstop service to NRT on a 777 and A330. KE and OZ serve SEA 3-5 times a week each. China Airlines and Eva service SEA on a less than daily basis from TPE. Still there is no nonstop service to KIX, HKG, or any other airport in Asia. SEA has an eclectic mix of international flights. SEA has SAS to CPH, but not LH or AF for example.
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RE: NW SEA-ICN? Since When?

Sun Aug 13, 2006 9:58 am

Perhaps the OZ flight appeals mostly to Star Alliance folks?

SEA-NGO might be happening soon thanks to the 787 program. Right now, you have to fly to SFO and take the UA flight or take UA875 to NRT and connect to NH, but I have heard rumors NH might launch direct service from SEA.

As for SEA-HKG, we used to have it with UA, but now thanks to higher capacity and longer range twins like the 777 and A330, SEA's one benefit - proximity to North Asia - is no longer relevant. CX has plenty of capacity via YVR and both they and UA have a strong SFO presence, so one-stop connections from SEA are pretty painless, probably negating the need for a non-stop. The 787-8 might help justify a flight, however.
 
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RE: NW SEA-ICN? Since When?

Sun Aug 13, 2006 11:12 am

Quoting RoseFlyer (Reply 2):
China Airlines and Eva service SEA on a less than daily basis from TPE.

I believe Eva service to TPE is daily now; #25 on Tues/Sun at 0210hrs and #31 expect Tues/Sun at 0420hrs (Boy that either early or late depending on ones lifestyle). CI does it 5x a week.
 
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RE: NW SEA-ICN? Since When?

Sun Aug 13, 2006 11:16 am

The SEA-SEL(D10), LAX-SEL(742), ORD-SEL (742), (there may have even been a JFK-SEL flight as well) flights were all flown nonstop at one point. At that point in time NWA had a number of routes to/from Seoul. In addition NWA also had a wealth of flights to Osaka from the U.S. as well. However, those days are gone.
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