What a comically false statement. Did you even glance at a schedule before posting? DL to PVG and TYO from LAX? MU to PVG from JFK? Do better.
Then do tell, what metric for Asia strength do you prefer to look at? Because it seems as though having a JV partner established in what is arguably the most effective connecting hub in North Asia is a logical source of strength for an Asian network.
Right, so you can only point to Shanghai and tokyo. And they are the wekeast to Tokyo. If you aren't going to Shanghai then they are definitely the wekeast.
Yes, I can point to Shanghai and Tokyo - a pretty blatantly obvious refute of your statement that there are no SkyTeam options between LAX/NYC and Asia.
Alliance partnership matters into this case since that's a big part of how you would collect qualifying miles. It's no secret that star alliance is the strongest in Asia and United is also the strongest on their own metals. Aa on its own metal is quite weak to Asia but it's alliance partners are very convenient to the top business destinations to Asia. Seoul and Shanghai are just not as important of a destination as tokyo, HK or Singapore.
I don't disagree with what you've said there, but again, please quantify how you define Asian strength then. Is it only presence in Tokyo, Hong Kong, and Singapore? State your claim and quantify it.
Put yourself in the shoes of someone at big law and Finance firm. Are you more likely to set up other offices in tokyo HK or Singapore or even Sydney or in Seoul and Shanghai where the local currency are not easily transferable out of the country. I don't know of any finance firm setting up big offices in Shanghai or Seoul.
You're aware that Citigroup literally has a tower
in Shanghai yes? And JP Morgan Chase has a large office as well not to mention the large consulting firms although they're not purely finance firms. Point taken that a US Bank of Law Firm is more likely to have a larger presence in Singapore or Hong Kong, but don't discount the importance of a Shanghai presence.
NYC to TOKYO:https://www.google.com/flights#flt=/m/0 ... 0;sd:1;t:f
3 on UA/ANA and 2 on AA/JL
LAX to TOKYOhttps://www.google.com/flights#flt=LAX. ... 0;sd:1;t:f
4 on UA/ANA + 1 on SQ and 3 on AA/JL, 1 on DL
I don't know how you can say their schedule to tokyo is competitive.
LAX to PEKhttps://www.google.com/flights#flt=LAX. ... 0;sd:1;t:f
3 on AC and 1 on AA
NYC to PEKhttps://www.google.com/flights#flt=/m/0 ... 0;sd:1;t:f
3 on AC and 1 on UA
NYC to HKGhttps://www.google.com/flights#flt=/m/0 ... 0;sd:1;t:f
4 on CX and 1 on UA
LAX to HKGhttps://www.google.com/flights#flt=/m/0 ... 0;sd:1;t:f
3 on CX, 1 on AA and 1 on HX
LAX/NYC to SIN
obviously only UA and SQ fly direct to SIN.
But aside from that, if you look up concur and want to avoid chinese airlines, CX has by far the best schedule on 1-stop itineraries.
LAX to ICNhttps://www.google.com/flights#flt=LAX. ... 0;sd:1;t:f
2 on KE and 2 on OZ
NYC to ICNhttps://www.google.com/flights#flt=/m/0 ... 0;sd:1;t:f
2 on KE and 1 on OZ
LAX to SYDhttps://www.google.com/flights#flt=LAX. ... 0;sd:1;t:f
2 on DL/VA, 2 on AA/QF, 1 on UA
LAX to MELhttps://www.google.com/flights#flt=LAX. ... 0;sd:1;t:f
2 on AA/QF, 1 on DL/VA, 1 on UA
UA/*A have direct service everywhere and are only not competitive to HKG. AA vs DL is more of a tossup. Depends on which airport you are targeting. HKG/TYO are larger business market than PVG/ICN though
for other Asian destinations or from non-hub US cities on 1-stop itinerary, if you want to go for cheap, you can fly CA with *A, MU with ST and CZ with AA partner. Out of these, CA requires the least backtracking for connection and CZ requires the most. So CA is actually the best option for VFR travel. If you want to fly a non low fare airline, you can go with AC, ANA for *A. You can go with JL or CX for OW and KE for DL. Of that list, I'd AC/NH is about the same as CL/CX option, but *A also has BR. Both are far ahead of ST with just KE. CI only has 1 flight from NYC/LAX altogether. Not a great option.
So when you list KE having a lot of capacity to US, you have to remember KE is taking most of the connection flow for DL ff. Star alliance ff would be split between more airlines.
If you ever like looked up these itineraries to Asia, you'd see how often AC through YYZ on east coast or YVR on west coast offer the best options. So from non-hub us cities where without direct service to Asia, you are going to find the largest TPAC hubs SFO/YVR on west coast and EWR/YYZ on east coast to all be *A hubs. The gap between UA/*A vs the other 2 are huge. If you are flying to somewhere in Asia other than ICN frequently, DL simply can't be option for you. That's just the reality. ST is just weak in Asia outside of Shanghai and Seoul.
And India, that's another place where *A is far ahead of both ST/OW both through SFO or YVR/YYZ.
Shanghai is simply not where big western banks put their primary TPAC office. They are there to serve the Chinese market, but due to monetary restrictions inside China, you simply can't do more than serve domestic market. It's funny that in other argument, you bring up PRISM, but here you don't discuss the corporate account travel expenses from NYC/LA to Asia market. I'd be shocked if Tokyo isn't top of the list with Hong Kong and Singapore after them.