Date: 13 Jul 97 01:25:51 From: Chuanga@cris.com (H Andrew Chuang) Organization: Concentric Internet Services References: 1 2 3 4
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In article <airliners.1997.1439@ohare.Chicago.COM>, Karl Swartz <kls.NOSPAM@ohare.Chicago.COM> wrote: >>With the new CLK airport, HKG should not be overlooked (but then >>again, DL did not make it the first time). > >I thought a big part of DL's problem was that the MD-11 couldn't >really fly LAX-HKG with a reasonably full load, at least not >consistently. This has been discussed before. I personally don't think the range of the MD-11 is a significant factor. I was told that even some of Singapore Airlines' SFO-HKG B747 flights sometimes had to be diverted to Taiwan or Japan. My understanding is DL's yields on the route was very poor. DL had trouble marketing its product in the region. >Also, I don't think DL flew beyond HKG, whereas UA >continues on to at least SIN and DEL. This is true. HKG is a minor Asian hub for UA with at least seven daily departures. (NW only has ten or eleven *weekly* departures from HKG.) However, I would think, with proper marketing, the HKG market itself is big enough without any fifth-freedom traffic. Were I a decision maker for an airline, HKG would be my first choice for trans-Pacific service outside Japan. Although, SEL is another good alternative, both Korean Air and Asiana have sizable trans-Pacific network.