That may explain another OZ’s disadvantage in ORD.
I know both the main customer source for KE and OZ in North American routes are ethnic Koreans, but what about other North Asian carriers in Japan (NH, JL) and Mainland China (CA, MU, or CZ) in their North American routes? Ethnic traffics as well?
Japanese for sure. Japanese people have very strong preferences for their flag carriers. And their premium classes are often full due to large numbers of business travelers.
This is another weakness of Asiana that it suffers from the lack of business travelers.
I thought Japanese carriers do not heavily rely on the outbound traffics from Japan as I’ve seen many Japanese passengers in KE, OZ, UA, or DL, but I guess I was wrong.
One thing I found is Koreans have very strong preference for KE and OZ. Maybe that is because of the language or cultural barrier for them, but I found quite a few Koreans think Korean carriers are the best airlines in the world.
Yes there are Koreans like that. Same for Incheon Airport. (KE, OZ and ICN are all very decent airlines and airport but they are not No.1...)
Japanese people loving their national carriers does not mean they only fly JL and NH.
You see lots of Japanese travelers on KE/OZ for a few reasons:
1) As we all know HND used not to have longhaul int'l flights and there's not enough NRT domestic flights. So for Japanese people outside of Tokyo sometime it was easier to connect in ICN instead.
2) Price of course...
For DL/UA, they provide nonstop routes, and UA has JV with NH. JL-NH nonstop O&D flights are super expensive (see their low load factors and high profits..) so US carriers are good alternatives for cost-sensitive customers. I mean Korean people also love their carriers but UA, DL, and AA load factors to ICN can go over 90%.