I typed this post on the "New Carrier at IAH
Imminent" thread back in September:
"It wouldnt surprise me. IAH
can use one more Asian destination, but they need to do it right. IAH
-China is a very large market and a plane could easily be filled between IAH
. I dont think IAH
can support more than one more Far East destination based on O&D data, but an IAH
-China flight would be great!
could use the connections I suppose, but IAH
is very small. "
and I typed these posts on the Future of IAH
thread weeks ago:
"Im not sure I do. I have always maintained that an IAH
-China route would be more valuble because the market is much larger than IAH
It all depends on the connections they are shooting for. IAH
-China could 3/4 of a 787 by itself and now that you dont need a visa to transit in PEK
and the CA
/UA partnership, it would be perfect."
"Based on the flight data, IAH
can support one more Asian destination (in addition to Tokyo and Singapore) but not more than that in the near future.
In Texas, Seoul and Korea have much greater ties to the Dallas/Fort Worth area as well as North Texas than they do to Houston and South Texas. Heck, Austin-Seoul is not much smaller a local market than Houston-Seoul. However, China is very much the opposite. In Texas, Chinese ties are centered in the Houston area. The O&D is greater and the yields are similar.
I feel strongly that IAH
-China would be better. I know Tdan and I may not see eye to eye on this one, but he makes a good arguement too. Its just a matter of what UA
, or OZ
decide. Dont forget that if an airline decided to fly IAH
, they have to compete with KE
both daily on DFW
. If they decide on IAH
, you get a larger market and no competition in this region."
I have always maintained that IAH
would see another destination in Asia, but that it would not be ICN
. I have always said that IAH
could not really support a flight to ICN
because of the lack of O&D. Korea-Texas is overwhelmingly DFW
. However China-Texas is overwhelmingly IAH
. That is why I have always said that the remaining hole to be filled on IAH
-Asia needs to be China and PEK
is the natural choice.
I called it first my friend!
It is what it is...