IndianicWorld
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Northwest To Mel?

Sun Jun 10, 2001 2:56 pm

Is there any substance to the rumor that MEL will be served by B747-400 service to MSP via Hawaii? I heard it the other day and have been trying to find out. KLM / Northwest have very limited reach into Australia, and since KLM withdrew services to a Malaysian code share, its non-existent.

The reason for MEL over SYD was that it was far less competitive, and allowed for better results, without the overall competitive risk of the main Qantas hub at SYD.
Any ideas, or comments on the rumor.....?
 
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RE: Northwest To Mel?

Mon Jun 11, 2001 8:37 am

Just where did this rumor come from? Although NW withdrew from Australia some years ago, NW still holds the rights to fly there.

If it's true, I hope the "Cherry Blossom" route comes back, too...(SYD-USA via KIX.)
 
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RE: Northwest To Mel?

Mon Jun 11, 2001 9:01 am

Northwest serving Melbourne would come as a shock to me because they don't seem like the type of airline that would launch such a route. It does, however, seem like a smart idea because there is more than two times as much service on the USA-SYD than to Melbourne. ANZ, UA, and QF all fly daily, double-daily, and triple-daily 747s on the LAX-Sydney route, respectively. A daily flight to Melbourne via Honolulu on a 747 or a future-delivered A330 would be a nice touch to the Northwest route map. They could connect this to their flights to San Francisco, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Seattle, and Detroit. They could also feed some passengers to this flgith via Continental Airlines and their Newark and Houston flights, and possibly even to their Tokyo and Osaka services(not really, but hey, it COULD possibly work out).
 
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RE: Correction

Mon Jun 11, 2001 9:03 am

United flies a daily 747-400 on the Los Angeles-Sydney route, but flies double daily in the USA-Sydney market with their San Francisco flight also on a 747-400. Thats what I meant when I said double-daily services.
 
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RE: Northwest To Mel?

Mon Jun 11, 2001 3:20 pm

How big is Northwest in Hawaii. If they have limited service can't see it happening. They would have to work with Continental to and from Houston and newark which would add to connection possibility.
MSP to MEL, can't really see that many people doing that journey, so 747-400 service would be out of the question. A330 might be ok.
Why fly non stop when you can connect
 
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RE: Northwest To Mel?

Tue Jun 12, 2001 6:08 am

Northwest flies to Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, and Minneapolis on a year-round basis and to Detroit on a winter-only schedule from Honolulu. I believe that the Seattle and Los Angeles flights are double daily and most of these are flown with DC-10-40s, but there are occasional 747-200s. Tokyo and Osaka are also served from Honolulu, and connections to Lihue, Kona, Molokai, Lanai City, and Hilo are available via codeshare with Hawaiian Airlines.
 
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RE: Northwest To Mel?

Tue Jun 12, 2001 1:03 pm

thanks for your replies.....it was a rumor circulating around Melbourne Airport last week. It would be interesting to see NW here in Melb or in Australia for that matter, as it is a fairly boring set of carriers that ply the Aust-USA routes.

Any ideas or reports of any new carriers that may fly to Aust, and specifically Melb?

Thanx