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Old Aug 14, 18, 6:52 pm
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Originally Posted by evergrn View Post
SEA used to have 3 daily nonstops to NRT (UA, NWA, AA) back around late 90's ~ early 2000's and that lasted for a while. SEA market's grown a lot since then
But NRT has shrunk; UA no longer hubs there, DL mostly killed off the NW hub and is flowing connecting traffic to KE at ICN now, and AA doesn't need random cities to put 777s in. It's also not a preferred airport compared to HND for business travel compared to the 1990's. NRT is slowly transitioning to an LCC hub as airlines shift service to HND as they can- think of NRT as LGW and HND as LHR. I simply don't see why SEA-NRT makes any more sense than it did when UA killed it off in the first place. It makes much more sense for NH than UA- at least they can flow connecting traffic XXX-NRT-SEA plus get their own NRT traffic.

A SEA-HND flight is somewhat logical but because of the slot restrictions UA would have to repurpose a different HND flight for it. Dropping SFO-HND for service in a DL hub (SEA-HND) is pretty much the definition of insanity; you can't connect people well (and some of those people would be from SFO, who you just hosed by taking away their nonstop), for service in a "I guess we can't call it a focus city, so whatever" where DL is three times your size, and serves multiple international destinations, and CAN feed flights.
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