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Why is CTU (Chengdu) so underrepresented by OW?

Why is CTU (Chengdu) so underrepresented by OW?

Old Oct 24, 17, 8:45 am
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Why is CTU (Chengdu) so underrepresented by OW?

Only Cathay and Qatar fly to Chengdu. Cathay's flights aren't conducive to ex-US connections and places you on an Air China codeshare.

It would be helpful if Cathay's flights were more layover friendly and JAL flew there.
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Old Oct 24, 17, 12:44 pm
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Originally Posted by elliottishere View Post
Only Cathay and Qatar fly to Chengdu. Cathay's flights aren't conducive to ex-US connections and places you on an Air China codeshare.

It would be helpful if Cathay's flights were more layover friendly and JAL flew there.
A connection from the US to KA is typically 2-3 hrs (depending on daylight savings) and does not involve a codeshare.

e.g. DFW-HKG-CTU on AA125/KA824 is 1:45, LAX-HKG-CTU on CX881/KA820 is 2:45, SFO-HKG-CTU on CX893/KA820 is 2:40.

What sort of a connection time do you consider "friendly"?
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Old Oct 24, 17, 5:12 pm
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A lot of ex-US flights are red-eyes for Cathay on purpose to get passengers into HKG early for connecting flights onwards. They're pretty friendly IMO.
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Old Oct 25, 17, 1:44 am
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A codeshare with Air China still gets you OW tier points / mileage. Honestly the difference in hard / soft product on CTU <> HKG isn't so different between Air China and KA -- I've flown the route on both before.
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Old Oct 25, 17, 9:40 am
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Originally Posted by Richard Yu View Post
A codeshare with Air China still gets you OW tier points / mileage.
Not for non-MPO (non-CX) members.
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Old Oct 29, 17, 2:06 am
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What happened to BA's flight to Chengdu? I remember seeing a documentary which focused on the fanfare of the launch of that flight. When was it scrapped?
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Old Oct 29, 17, 2:39 am
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Mainland China is simply not a friend of OW.
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Old Oct 31, 17, 4:39 am
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BA Chengdu service lasted 3yrs
https://www.theguardian.com/business/2016/oct/24/ba-scraps-service-chinese-city-airport-expansion-heathrow-chengdu-decision-runway
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Old Oct 31, 17, 7:39 pm
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Documentary about BA launching their (now scrapped) Chengdu service: https://youtube.com/watch?v=vTaPtkTwniU
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