Congrats to UA and SFO!
-I would have guessed that UA already flew SFO-MEL, glad they will be now. UA is a power house to Australia, especially when not a single Australian would ever be caught dead flying them (according to A-Netters).
-I also would have guessed that UA already flew SFO-YYZ. But with a shortage of narrowbodies and AC being on the route, understandable. Now they need LAX-YYZ.
-Excited that PPT and AKL have been extended to year round. I expected that both of those routes, especially PPT, would generate some of their own traffic. This is proof that it is happening. I have a 1K friend who is in PPT now, in big part due to UA flying it.
-I really am surprised that UA added a second SFO-ICN before ORD-ICN. I think ORD is overdue. I wouldn't fly OZ after that crash, I don't care how great the service is. UA has a history of adding expanding it's volume to a destination by opening a route from another hub before adding a 2nd daily. For such an important city like ICN, especially as a Star Alliance hub, you would think ORD or even EWR, IAH or IAD would get ICN. ORD is geographically situated to capture the entire eastern half of the US for ICN. Wondering what else might be going on there? I am guessing that UA would rather overfly ICN to China themselves or connect on NH (their JV partner) to Japan, China and the rest of Asia before letting OZ take any pax. Korean domestic destinations are probably the only thing OZ can offer than NH can't or isn't served by other * partners...
-Amazing that UA can open up a 3rd route from a 2nd hub to India, despite the "trash yields" and the competition, especially from the EU, ME3, TK and China. Ignoring that AI already flies the route, I think they will do well on this route when you consider the non-stop saves you 5 hours over TK, EK or Europe and 6-7 hours+ over the best China flights.
-AMS may be a bit of a yawn but when you consider it is a major SkyTeam hub and UA already flies to AMS from IAH, ORD, EWR & IAD, I think it is impressive. You won't see AA fly from that many hubs to a competing alliance hub.
Hopefully, once the terminal expansion is completed, ORD can get a big announcement. Until then, I don't see any new UA routes (no extra capacity) and no 77W or 787 (wingspans too big for T1 gates).