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United Dulles - Tokyo

Mon Apr 19, 1999 10:24 am

Does anyone know why United hasn't given much effort for the Dulles-Tokyo route. i know they code-share but wouldn't it be profitable to operate on their own? To me, this seems like a large gap in UAL's route structure. I often wonder if IAD will ever by-pass ORD as UAL's biggest hub?
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RE: United Dulles - Tokyo

Mon Apr 19, 1999 10:35 am

IAD-NRT flights are under consideration now with the Dulles expansion. UA was prob. waiting for the added flights to help feed these flights. It also has to do with aircraft availability, and with the 777's unable still to fly trans-Pacific flights, the only alt. aircraft was and is the 747-400, which were and are deployed on Pacific routes. IAD will never be able to pass ORD as the largest hub...maybe in trans-Atlantic departures, but if anything, DEN looks like it will be the first to surpass ORD.

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RE: United Dulles - Tokyo

Mon Apr 19, 1999 6:46 pm

The 777-200IGW has a range of 8,860 mi. according to the Boeing web site, so it does have the range to make it transpacific. China Southern flies from Guangzhou to LAX nonstop, and that's definitely transpacific...

RE: United Dulles - Tokyo

Tue Apr 20, 1999 8:52 am

Remember, even if slots are available at IAD, it is very possible that UA has already used up its maximum at NRT.