Is the frequency being driven by aircraft availability? OZ
's long haul fleet is rather small with only 32 'on hand' widebodies (per Wikipedia).
|Quoting LAXintl (Thread starter):|
Air travel between the US and South Korea has seen a nice boost in demand following the lifting of visa restrictions in 2009 including increase of arrivals to Hawaii which rose from 40,000 Korean visitors in 2008 to almost 100,000 in 2010 with forecast of 130,000 during 2011.
This makes sense. Cut the paperwork and sell more vacation packages... I just didn't realize it had created over 3X
growth! Just imagine what happens if the KORUS FTA actually goes through! (Ghad, why has it taken so long?)
|Quoting LAXintl (Reply 4):|
It seems to be much more an evolution of charter service turning scheduled, with I presume large Korean tour operators taking most of the seats.
It makes sense. I find it interesting with HA
both already flying the route.
Question: I would assume the route is most popular during Korea's winter?
|Quoting airbazar (Reply 5):|
90,000+ Chinese visitors in one year have to connect somewhere, given the lack of flights from China.
I wonder if connections will be important long term? In that regard, I suspect it will be a race for frequency; not exactly a contest OZ
is participating in with two frequencies per week.