Ed Bastian publicly revealed the route at an event with local business folks this morning. Also said MSP-HND wasn't going anywhere.
Well, I dont know if MSP-HND will or wont go anywhere. I dont have any data on the financials of it. But whatever Ed Bastian has to say doesnt really matter. They would never tip their hand to what their intentions may or may not be at this point for a specific route.
It does matter what Ed says to an extent, and moreso how he said. As a corporation, the CEO can’t flat out lie and get away with it because of the SEC. Now, how you define lying is obviously subjective, but there are other ways Ed could have phrased and spun it if the intention was that MSP-HND was going away.
Anyway, apparently Ed said HND wasn’t going away, which simply means in the short term or at least until market conditions change, the status quo is being maintained. And finally, as mentioned by countless others, the MSP-HND traffic flows are almost independent from those who will be using MSP-ICN. So there is no reason why the addition of ICN would have an impact on the continued operation of HND.
The one concession I will say, is that it does make a possible future elimination of HND more palatable from a PR standpoint. Instead of MSP losing all Asian service, it would just be ending an (potentially) “underperforming” HND route, but that access to Asia will still be maintained via this new ICN flight. Better future PR spin.
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on Wed Jun 13, 2018 3:52 pm, edited 1 time in total.