LAXintl wrote:Northwest Pacific network was unprofitable for 8 of the 10 years leading up to the merger per the Delta history book "Glory Lost and Found".
x1234 wrote:Mind you this was before the A350/B787 opening up direct Asia US routes so was it that they had no choice but to continue the NRT hub to serve customers before the age of immunized joint ventures and alliances?
PBADC3 wrote:DIscussion about NW and the NRT/TYO operation can not be had without fully including the freighter network that centered on two cossload “hubs”, NRT for intra-Asia distribution and ANC for Asia to inside U.S. At it’s apex just prior to the merger announcement, the 74F fleet stood at 14 aircraft flying PEK, PVG, ICN, SIN, BKK, MNL, TPE, HKG via NRT primarily to ANC and then a U.S. network of JFK, CVG, ORD, SEA, SFO and LAX. The freighter network was able to utilize some of the legacy NRT slots that the NW passenger network held, and provided flexibility for the beach flying that was primarily focused on GUM/SPN/HNL and a post merger attempt at making ROR work. Beach flying was broadly profitable on the passenger network. Mention was made earlier about the 75P, however there were narrowbodies in the Pacific long before that. In the 2000’s this varied from 757 to A320 and back to 757 and enabled flying to markets like PUS that would never otherwise support widebodies
The overall NW slot portfolio at NRT was the second largest behind JL, and eclipsed NHs holdings and provided significant value to Northwest in various ways, sometimes as collateral to securitize debt. The mix of morning, peak passenger and evening times along with a mix of A & B runway slots gave NW substantial operational flexibility particularly as the smaller than 744 widebodies started to show up and that could perform off the short runway.
Cointrin330 wrote:The Asian Financial Crisis in 1997 had a very significant impact on travel to the region and it was a very slow recovery only to be slammed again by SARS in 2002 (all after a global recession and 9/11). In the run up to the merger with DL, NW had a few problems with its TPAC network. It lacked a real west coast hub (it had gateways, but all to NRT). The NRT hub was beginning to become redundant as by 2008, when DL and NW announced they were merging, it was increasingly possible to overfly NRT on some routes, though not all. NW's product wasn't stellar either.
LAXintl wrote:While Delta brought a much more meaningful domestic network to the merger, they did not do too much better in the region overcoming their inherited disadvantages.
DL simply slowly disassembled the remains of the NW network one destination at a time including ultimately walking away from NRT entirely.
PBADC3 wrote:DIscussion about NW and the NRT/TYO operation can not be had without fully including the freighter network that centered on two cossload “hubs”, NRT for intra-Asia distribution and ANC for Asia to inside U.S. At it’s apex just prior to the merger announcement, the 74F fleet stood at 14 aircraft flying PEK, PVG, ICN, SIN, BKK, MNL, TPE, HKG via NRT primarily to ANC and then a U.S. network of JFK, CVG, ORD, SEA, SFO and LAX. The freighter network was able to utilize some of the legacy NRT slots that the NW passenger network held
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