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Old Apr 21, 16, 8:06 pm
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Originally Posted by MSPeconomist View Post
MSP is surprising since DTW apparently didn't work at all as a HND route. It's probably the placeholder to be turned down. .
MSP-HND is actually Delta's #2 choice. Their application states the following order of preference:
#1: LAX-HND
#2: MSP-HND
#3: ATL-HND

Originally Posted by MSPeconomist View Post
Personally, I'd rather keep the nonstop NRT route than introduce HND at bad times and without onward DL intraAsiaconnections.
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These are for daylight flight times...not the "bad" night-time schedules.

Originally Posted by dzflyer
but terrible overall strategy for delta I would think.
Most successful routes depend on a healthy mix of O&D and connecting traffic. HND is the preferred airport for TYO. If DL ignored HND and let the other carriers get all the HND rights, they would lose a chunk of the O&D traffic, thus worsening their overall TYO situation further...
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