x1234 wrote:Is the Guam/Northern Marianas market too small for DL/AA/HA? I remember there was a big US military movement there as its US soil clsoest to Asia. I know AA probably has a JL code-share to GUM and DL does with KE. Only UA is in the market and they only serve Japan and Hawaii. Combined Guam + Northern Marianas Islands have a population fo 223k people. That's less than Hawaii (1.4 million) and Alaska (732k) or Puerto Rico (3.2 million). The only population less than Guam+Northern Marianas is the US Virgin Islands at 107k people. Is there any chance of UA flying GUM-SFO/LAX or is the market too small? I know UA flies the 300+ seat B777-200 legacy on HNL-GUM. I am surprised Hawaiian Airlines flies to Papeete French Polynesia and not Guam/Northern Marianas as its a US territory or is there luxury travel to PPT (from SFO none the less UA has found out, all that tech $$$)?
PSAatSAN4Ever wrote:GUM, on the other hand, is simply too small and too distant for airlines of the United States to work profitably, other than what was there before quarantining. HNL, even for those on the west coast, is 5+ hours away at minimum, and GUM is just too much further away, both in terms of the fuel required AND time spent traveling for the average tourist.
Cubsrule wrote:PSAatSAN4Ever wrote:GUM, on the other hand, is simply too small and too distant for airlines of the United States to work profitably, other than what was there before quarantining. HNL, even for those on the west coast, is 5+ hours away at minimum, and GUM is just too much further away, both in terms of the fuel required AND time spent traveling for the average tourist.
I think a lot of folks (not you) don’t really understand the geography. Bora Bora is 2,000 miles closer to the US mainland than GUM. If you wanted to take a non-Hawaii Pacific beach vacation, which would you choose?
Or another factoid: GUM is the almost exactly the same distance from HNL as is DFW. The Pacific is huge.
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