|Quoting point2point (Reply 1):|
I believe that this is the third n/s between the two airports, since SEA-NRT already has DL with a 333 and UA with a 777, but obviously the first by a Japanese carrier
|Quoting RWA380 (Reply 2):|
Maybe this flight is aimed at the Japanese nationals that travel here?
|Quoting Roseflyer (Reply 6):|
This will be the first time in a decade that there will be three airlines on SEA-NRT again. One 772 and one A333 does not seen like enough capacity but I think adding a 77W is too much although ANA's 77Ws are relative low capacity.
|Quoting Tradewinds (Reply 9):|
I wonder if Ichiro being traded to the Yankees is going to affect loads... As someone who lived in Japan for ten years I know that seeing Ichiro play was a major draw for tourists in Seattle; maybe it won't factor in at all, but the timing of the trade is definitely not the best
|Quoting RWA380 (Reply 11):|
I was thinking this exact thing, in fact my buddies and I spoke of this exact issue, the best that we could come up with was Seattle would loose that baseball tourism from Japan, and especially during a playoff event, planes have been chartered to bring Japanese tourists to SEA to see Ichiro and the Mariners play, plus the myriad of Mariners items that are sold in Japan purely because of Ichiro, it's almost a status thing to be into the Mariners, the Japanese do love their baseball, and Ichiro is a great outfielder and an awesomely consistent hitter.
There is revenue that comes when the Mariners play games over in Japan purely because of that long standing loyalty between the M's and the Japanese. I think the ripple of him leaving will impact many businesses and individual workers throughout the city. I know Ichiro asked for this trade, and it was cool of Seattle to let him get a chance at a ring, he is an amazing player and deserves it, very cool of the M's to let him have an opportunity to get that series win, before he is no longer to perform like he did when he started.
|Quoting frmrCapCadet (Reply 13):|
The Icharo factor has been discussed, and a dropoff in Mariner tours from Japan has been noticed. I was not able to find a link in either of the local papers but there was a story.
|Quoting RWA380 (Reply 14):|
I can remember seeing the M's play in the crowds were throngs of Japanese people, that almost all stood when he was announced at the beginning of the game, and every at bat he had, which admittedly was excellent as he averaged .333 that game, but almost each person had a M's jacket, Ball cap, Pennant and a myriad of ballpark favorites to eat and drink, they look like they were having a great time watching a living hero, but also looked like they spent a boatload of cash too. I expect the impact will be felt deeper than is anticipated.
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