zakuivcustom wrote:LAXdude1023 wrote:zakuivcustom wrote:And also, maybe, just MAYBE, ORD had been overcapacity all these time? There are 5 daily flights from NYC to Tokyo (2x each JFK-HND and JFK-NRT + UA's EWR-NRT), there are also 5 daily flights from Chicago to Tokyo (4x ORD-NRT + NH's ORD-HND), which is also the same as SF Bay Area (2x SFO-NRT, 2x SFO-HND, 1x SJC-NRT). The only two metro areas that has more daily flights to/from Tokyo are LAX (6x LAX-NRT + 3x LAX-HND) and HNL (12x HNL-NRT + 18/wk HNL-HND). Something has to give.
Chicago simply had too much capacity to PEK and PVG. It would have been fine if it was just AA and UA, but once MU and HU came in, there was just no way three carriers could co-exist on markets that are about 130-150 PDEW a piece. Two carriers will work fine but not three.
ORD-TYO is a different story though. Its a great connecting point to the rest of Asia, UA/AA have partner hubs in TYO, and ORD-NRT is actually quite huge at over 300 PDEW.
True. And on another note, AA is only seasonally reducing NRT to 3/wk. Once high season (Summer) comes around, those frequency will be filled back (although by JL).
My other point is that you're still talking about quite a bit of capacity to/from TYO. Even after the reduction, Chicago still has more flights to/from Tokyo than all other metro areas outside of LA, SF Bay Area, NYC, and Honolulu. PDEW doesn't surprise me at all anyway (I've drove around Schaumburg and Arlington Heights, the amount of Japanese businesses in that area is insane, almost comparable to LA).
did you not get the message upthread? its all going to the dogs, and besides, the mexican food is awful.