|Quoting catiii (Reply 3):|
I would imagine they'd delay the launch. The economics and performance of the 787 are what make it work.
|Quoting SonomaFlyer (Reply 5):|
They won't run this route without the 787 given the economic factors involved. There isn't sufficient demand/yield to warrant a 777 a/c and the 767 can't run this route.
|Quoting BoeingGuy (Reply 10):|
Yeah, but ANA just suspended their 3-day old SJC-NRT flight even though they have 767s and 777s that could technically handle the route
|Quoting point2point (Reply 11):|
At any rate, I think that we can agree here that the number crunchers are very busy with all of their spreadsheets figuring this out if DEN-NRT can't start without the 787.
|Quoting catiii (Reply 15):|
The limitations aren't technical, they're market driven. They could fly it, but it doesn't make market sense to do so.
|Quoting AADC10 (Reply 17):|
If the 787 is still grounded or questionable, they will not start DEN-NRT. The route is marginal to begin with, it is out of range for the 763 and the 772 is too large. There may not be enough 772s available either.
Despite all these comments, I'll mention that JAL is now running both BOS
using their 777-200ERs -- both routes at slightly reduced frequencies. (BOS
is 5x wkly instead of the 787-scheduled daily and SAN
at 3x wkly rather than planned 4x wkly.)
And both of these routes have been said to be dependent on the economics of the 787 to be profitable.
I think there's something to be said for a carrier taking a route seriously and honoring a commitment they've made to fly a new route even if they will probably lose some money temporarily.
I wouldn't be so sure that UA
will just ignore the bookings that already exist on the DEN
route and anger more customers than they've already managed to do over the last year or so! I wouldn't be surprised to see them take the high road and sub another a/c on the route and start it when it's scheduled to start.
Finally, I can honestly say that I'm very happy that SAN
-TYO was the choice of JL
! As I see how they are working through this nasty situation (the grounding of a new airplane) and making things work as well as they are, I continue to be extremely impressed.