I was wondering what are DL's plans for it's Asia routes. As they seem to be "de-hubbing NRT", in favor of operating direct flights to Asian destinations from SEA hub. Already they've axed SIN, BKK, and TPE is in question if not already axed. They seem to be relying on codeshare partners rather than use their own metal. And will DL continue to axe more Asian destinations as the JV with KE fell through, relying on codeshare/JV agreements with other Skyteam members?
It wouldn't make sense for DL to mount direct flights to MNL using their new flagship A350 to MNL with those new DL suites when MNL is low yield destination. The A350s will be designated for premium routes like China, Japan, Korea, and a possible return to SIN direct? If ever, I would reposition the A350 to do LAX-MNL as it would make more sense with the demand and market in LA/Socal.
1) The JV fell through? Last I checked they were still in the process of finalizing it. Do you have a source for this statement?
2) If anything, I think PR would be more likely to be the one flying the A350 MNL-SEA. Reports are that the A350 fleet will be focused on expanding US service so if PR has enough A350 around that'd be an option.