Funny how the AI SFO
nonstop was widely proclaimed to be pointless, would never happen, and that AI
would get slaughtered by the likes of 4-star EK
if they were to try it despite actually saving a ton of mileage and trouble and being on a 9-abreast 777, since AI
has a worse reputation and product (or so they say...). Now, the SIN
nonstop appears on a UA
787-9 (Hopefully they don't have the nerve to ask you to pay for the midflight snack on this one at least!) and it's being saluted and proclaimed that it will push the competition right off for high yielding travelers, despite not only going up against the 5 star SQ
but the other 5 star options as well... While nearly overflying NRT
, and HKG
adding little mileage and time. And this is after all that hype over the aisle-access business seats that many airlines have, which UA
doesn't even have yet! I guess it'll be the apparently gigantic SIN
yield that holds it up special or something like that.
I'm not salty about this, I just find it amusing how quickly the opinion turns around as soon as it's SIN
(I'm in favor of nonstops and I do argue for their superior importance to the aisle-access and other such things in the same manner!). I'm extremely proud of the huuuuge influx of routes that SFO
and nearby siblings have gotten over the last year and continuing. I hope it does continue, and I'm betting we hear of BKK
(if Thailand gets their act together) and SGN
announced by UA
/VN sometime during the rest of the year.
But I'm still left with the burning question. *What* exactly creates SIN
's massively yielding market without even getting back in business with SQ
|Quoting a380787 (Reply 106):|
NRT-ICN should just be handed to ANA entirely. Only problem is that ANA themselves only care about the higher-yielding HND-GMP market (100% of TYO-SEL capacity moved there), forcing UA to continue running the tag when it should squarely be ANA tuf.
Surely the lack of NH
on that makes it very prime 5th freedom flight turf for UA
to keep for the *A loyal Japan traffic.
|Quoting roseflyer (Reply 114):|
Economy food is not that different. Can you tell which is which?
The difference there is kind of night and day. SQ
doesn't give a rabbit food salad in place of those more filling options.
Not shown: the SQ
midflight snack, and the UA
flight attendant asking for your credit card (I hope that is not going to be the case on this route).
|Quoting MaverickM11 (Reply 116):|
And which one of the two would you give up an extra three hours of your life for?
Three hours during which you can also pick up some warm food in the terminal of the airport, in addition to the complimentary midflight snack(s). Meanwhile on UA
, you are being asked for your credit card to buy a small box of various assorted (cold and dry) food items... Either that small box, or no food for some 12 or so hours, on that ticket you already paid quite a lot for.
Though I'm doubtful that UA
would have the nerve to do buy-on-board instead of the midflight snack on this route.
|Quoting B737900ER (Reply 103):|
After 16 hours in any coach seat does your meal really matter? Is any seat comfortable after 16 hours?
Yes, because that meal and seat are what will determine if or how well you will sleep or relax on that flight, and how ready you are for what you need to do after the flight.
|Quoting roseflyer (Reply 87):|
What other airline offers 35 inch pitch for no extra charge?
Any airline that has a default 34 or 35 inch pitch in economy.
Besides, that is not "no extra charge", the charge is either the Economy+ fee, or the charge is having flown those 30K miles and $3K spent of PQD.