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Discussion in 'United Airlines | MileagePlus' started by COFreqFlyer, Aug 30, 2013.
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From today's United Daily:
Glad I was able to get that line on my FM map back in January.
Gee, I wonder why a once-daily 737, the only narrowbody in the market, that overnights in HKG and makes only one roundtrip a day wasn't making any money? "it seemed like such a great idea at the time" said no one outside of United revenue management, ever.
I doubt the 772 was making any money either. If it was it likely wouldn't have been swapped out. The number of passengers who look at the aircraft type before booking is shockingly small. This is evidenced by the number who are surprised when they get on board. Not much need to carry local traffic when most of your customers are able to get from the US hub to HKG without the NRT stop. Plus, they have the JV/ATI with NH in that market now.
Flew recently on SIN-HKG UA 772. Damn thing was half empty. Granted, just one experience, but wonder if that is normal.
Between CX's expanded array of flights, UA's flights, and a Singapore Airlines A380, there's really no need/desire for USA biz travelers to transit NRT en route to HKG.
Are you sure the aircraft RON'd at HKG? I think there's a HKG-SGN flight operated by 738 which is timed such that it might well be the same aircraft that originates in NRT. I could be wrong, I'm doing this off recollection.
As for HG's point, if you are originating in SEA or LAX, life's too short to risk a morning flight to SFO to connect to HKG - those flights are always pinched by ATC if there is a cloud at SFO. Of course soon we can fly DL from SEA-HKG, and I believe CX operates from LAX
Perhaps they can no reposition that 737 to CLE-CLT which is in need of mainline.
Did UA announce any new service at NRT with the slot that is freed up?
So how much business traffic do you think is going from HNL-HKG? Apparently, not enough to sustain even a 738.
It means you get up at eye-bleed o'clock. The earliest flight from SEA gets into SFO pretty reliably. It's the ones after that that are getting slammed.
Also... you have CX out of YVR.
Oddly this flight was oversold about two weeks ago when my fam was on it enroute SEA-NRT-HKG. They all got $800 VDBs. Must have been an exception.