There is still the unanswered question of what BR intends to do with the 777-200LR's they ordered. Rumors abound, facts are scarce. EWR-TPE nonstop would be one possibility. Convert all the orders to cargo models or 300ER's would be another.
I 'think' allot of the issue NYC-TPE would be that airlines would prefer to just avoid the politics of the most direct route. A fuel stop in SEA or ANC makes financial sense because they can transport more valuable cargo and political sense because it avoids discussing any overflight issues.
I believe it has been pushed out to June. I called UA the other day and the CSR couldn't find direct SFO-TPE in April.
....Interesting: because there were rumors (only speculation so far as I know, but if we can't spread rumors what fun is this site?) that the recently-announced IAD-PEK route might leave UA without enough planes, specifically 744s, for reviving the TPE-SFO route. It doesn't make much difference for getting to the East coast (assuming a stop anyway), but a direct flight would certainly cut off a few hours in getting to the West coast.
Last edited by taipeipeter; Jan 21, 07 at 5:56 am.