As the DOT just announced awarding the US-China route to UA, I learned that seven weekly frequencies were also up for grabs between the US and China Zone 2. From the USDOT docket, "As defined by the amended agreement, China Zone 1 consists of Beijing, Shanghai, and Guangzhou.
China Zone 2 consists of Anhui, Fujian, Giiangdong (except Guangzhou), Hebei, Henan, Hubei, Hunan, Jiangsu, Jiangxi, Shandong, Shanxi, Tianjin, and Zhejiang." Are these areas and their futures so undesirable from a market perspective, that none of the carriers (incumbents only--UA, NW, CO, AA) bid for it? Or were they afraid, if they did, they may not get their Zone 1 bid, which was more prized?