|Quoting UALCSR (Reply 75):|
I would love to see MOW back on the United network but I don't think it will happen. IAD didn't work although arguably, SFO is a better option being such a fortress hub for UA.
The problem with Moscow is UA
didn't do it right in the first place. You already had SVO
service on SU
already out of IAD
, so it was a bit redundant. Putting a MOW flight out of ORD
would not have worked, either, since AA
started off ORD
at roughly the same time. NYC already had service, which would be redundant, and MIA
would not work either, since UA
de-hubbed it .
, which is one of the strongest markets for Russia....well, it was kind of "left out in the cold". At least DL
recognized this, and had SFO
as a tag-on, as a change-of-gauge, SFO
. Involving SFO
, in any way, shape, or form, would have made the difference between success and failure of that flight. They could have ran some ads in the Russian-language newspapers in SFO
, especially, but they didn't.
The new agenda with the 787 doing the "long-thin" routes from SFO
) is a perfect fit for SFO
. Additionally, partner LH
has trimmed down its service to non-MOW, non-LED
markets. Previously, LH
would have FRA
, etc....but they no longer exist. So instead of a nice one-stop using SFO
, it's now a minimum of two-stops from SFO
to these places. SFO
could connect to Russian domestic carriers, who are non-partner, but then again, there is almost no Star presence in secondary Russia anyway.
would work perfectly, in the context of the 3x/week plan using the 787. Time it right, and promote it at SFO
(and in SEA
, to a lesser extent).