Who besides me?
NY and Tokyo are two of the most important cities in the world.
What would you think of DL if they didnt fly from NY to Paris or London? This is the third city in that sentence.
It is bizarre.
Partners aside, Seoul doesnt even come close in terms of significance.
Seoul is today what Tokyo used to be:
+ Seoul (Google it) is the world’s 6th most expensive city;
+ Seoul commands the highest demand of the lucrative multi-billion dollar cosmetic tourism industry in all of Asia (Chinese $$$ chooses Korea over Beverly Hills);
+ Seoul currently offers its’ passengers the option to purchase a First Class cabin product to 36 nonstop international destinations worldwide (across 9 global airlines) due to local demand; more than Tokyo,
+ Seoul - Nairobi, Seoul - Zagreb, Seoul - Tripoli, Seoul - Da Nang, Seoul - Phuket; Tokyo was either late/non-existent to the “game” thanks to the delay of JAL and ANA;
+ Prior to DELTA/Korean Air J/V and UNITED/ANA J/V, Korean Air retains the status of Asia’s largest airline across the Pacific to more destinations departing Seoul than any airline on departure from Tokyo; obviously without codeshares and J/V’s, one will see that Korean Air still remains #1 across the Pacific which confirms that Seoul is stronger than Tokyo.
+ Seoul commands multiple daily nonstop A380 flights to Los Angeles and New York, for example, versus multiple 77W and 787 nonstop flights to Tokyo;
+ Korean Air have maintained multiple A380 daily flights with only 409 seats (low-density configurations) which clearly says that Seoul commands more $$$ than Tokyo because KE have not made any passenger cabin seat increases since delivery.
In conclusion, Tokyo is not what it used to be. I highly encourage you to subscribe to The Japan Times for more insight.
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