questions wrote:winginit wrote:LAXintl wrote:Point being, Delta or Northwest were never really notable players in the US to HKG space one way or another.
Wasn’t NW known for dirt cheap, consolidator type fares in Asia... vs a solid brand that could command decent fares?
They were definitely the cheapest option back then. Known also for their bad service
janders wrote:winginit wrote:
That's my gut reaction as well, but if we go back to the early 2000's I can't recall even NW serving HKG from the US apart from the NRT-HKG fifth that likely just catered to the local intra-Asian market? Maybe I'm misremembering that. Point being, Delta or Northwest were never really notable players in the US to HKG space one way or another.
DL flew DTW-HKG. Dropped late 2012. Further back NW did MSP-HKG in 1990s.
But yes you are right. NW/DL was never able to make much of market like HKG compared to PA/UA.
There was NW's iteration of SEA-HKG also, again didn't really last. NW also flew HKG-SEL IIRC back when they have that mini-hub at SEL (Current GMP) in late 80s/early 90s. But otherwise, the only consistent route that NW operated for years to HKG was from NRT.
Compare to UA, who have been flying from LAX and SFO (I believe) to HKG for many years, along with ORD-HKG. UA even briefly flew JFK-HKG in early 2001 (as a response to CO's EWR-HKG), but it didn't last long at all (I went back and checked, didn't even last until 9/11). Not to mention the very long running fifth freedom HKG-SIN and later, HKG-SGN.