TTailedTiger wrote:c933103 wrote:The MSP-HND was wasting the resource of HND and should probably be relocated immediately
Too bad. Delta should never have started it if it was going to lose money.
Honestly, we don't know if MSP-HND loses money, breaks even, or makes a small profit, since we don't have access to DL's data. We've heard from several sources that the flight has improved a lot since it started, but we also know DL has high standards for route profitability. This route could be getting a 5% margin and DL would likely still want to move it.
At the end of the day, I'd bet DL feels that they can make more money on MSP-PVG (with a similar-sized O&D market plus ample connections available via MU at PVG) with the same aircraft, while at the same time allowing for a new U.S.-HND connection from one of their hubs that has a larger O&D market to Tokyo (SEA, DTW, JFK, etc.). HND is an O&D operation for DL, so it makes sense for it to be connected to whichever of their hubs have the largest and/or highest yielding demand to Tokyo. That's not MSP.