Midwestindy wrote:southwest1675 wrote:Supposedly BNA was courting Europe/London service for over 10 years. I could only imagine how long it could take to recruit an Asia flight.
I'm pretty sure BNA has been courting Asia since a bit before the London flight was announced. I remember reading an article at least from 2013 about it.
Here's what's going to happen though, I think it is going to play out like this. You are going to see AUS, RDU, BNA, IND, CMH, or some other mid-sized airport get a non-stop TPAC first, and the rest will follow in succession 1-3 years later.
Unlike Europe, I don’t think there will be as many mid-sized markets landing Asia service. IMO, as of right now, the only markets that have a strong enough case are AUS, RDU, BNA and IND. Other airports in that category don’t have strong enough economies.
AUS will likely be first, considering their airport director hinted it could within the next two years. I think the only thing standing in the way of BNA getting a JL 788 to NRT/HND is the lack of a long enough N/S runway. Since IND has the proper infrastructure and incentive $ in place, perhaps JL isn’t too far off there. RDU wants China so that will take a bit.