|Quoting yellowtail (Reply 195):|
If I was PTY I would hit the pause on europe and stating campaigning hard in Asia / Oceana. Not because you want to, but because you need to give the demand time to catch up the lift.
Asian airlines will need Boeing 787 to fly non-stop and those routes could be some of the world longest. Even with CM
hub, ultra long-haul might not work.
As any stop in Canada or U.S.A. will limit the number of passengers which may afford to travel the route, the compromise for PTY
could be for an Asian airline to open an Asia-PTY
route via ANC
on any wide-body with the range to fly both Asia-ANC
non-stop and I've believe neither Panama Tourist Authority nor CM
is pushing for that. Be reminded ANC
(now Star Alliance) return to PTY
may be ideal since CM
Star-Alliance colleagues OZ
are slow about opening a route to PTY
. If that flight could be routed via a major Japanese airport that would add another stop but given the lack of Latin America - Asia flights, the flight might still be attractive. However, I'm not sure if the Japanese would allow BR
to stop in Japan en-route between ANC
: Distance wise from AKL
, Star Alliance hub LIM
might work better for NZ
, but pretty sure PTY
would welcome a twice weekly NZ
And the chances of seeing SA
, very remote.
I'm not on CM's payroll.