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Reduced service - ORD-HKG suspended as of 8-Sept-19 & EWR-EZE suspended as of 26-Oct

Reduced service - ORD-HKG suspended as of 8-Sept-19 & EWR-EZE suspended as of 26-Oct

Old Aug 23, 19, 4:46 pm
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Reduced service - ORD-HKG suspended as of 8-Sept-19 & EWR-EZE suspended as of 26-Oct

Saw this breaking news on The Points Guy, but couldn't find any other discussion on it on Flyertalk, or any news about it on any of the official United Channels.

https://thepointsguy.com/news/united...-buenos-aires/

In response, United Airlines has taken the rare step of suspending select flights to both cities ó just as the carrier recently did with flights to India (which are due to resume next month). The following flights will be suspended:
  • Chicago (ORD)-Hong Kong (HKG) ó daily flight suspended beginning September 8, 2019
  • Newark (EWR)-Buenos Aires (EZE) ó daily flight suspended beginning October 26, 2019
Anyone have more details or official word from United somewhere? Also, where is The Points Guy getting this info? I'm still able to book ORD-HKG flights on the United website as of today.

Also funny how they released this news a day after they released news about the new destinations that they were flying to.
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Old Aug 23, 19, 5:02 pm
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Originally Posted by jayzala View Post
Saw this breaking news on The Points Guy, but couldn't find any other discussion on it on Flyertalk, or any news about it on any of the official United Channels.

https://thepointsguy.com/news/united...-buenos-aires/



Anyone have more details or official word from United somewhere? Also, where is The Points Guy getting this info? I'm still able to book ORD-HKG flights on the United website as of today.

Also funny how they released this news a day after they released news about the new destinations that they were flying to.
confirmed via internal. also moving up cancellation of GUM-HKG.
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Old Aug 23, 19, 5:03 pm
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I just saw the memo from United. Service is "suspended" but I would be surprised to see it return. Sad, because Patrick Quayle said no routes would be cut during a call on Wednesday, though I don't link this news to a need for aircraft or directly rated to the new route announcements.

United Slashing Service To Hong Kong + Buenos Aires (link to my blog)

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Old Aug 23, 19, 5:11 pm
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It is about time. I was wondering how long it would take UA to start cutting back on services to HK.

A number of global companies and governments have issued travel warnings to HK. Hotel bookings are way down in HK as tour groups are cancelling at pretty steady pace.

In my own industry, all meetings and conferences have been cancelled, postponed, rescheduled or relocated. It is not just the protests and riots, but the trade war also add fuel to the fire.

The revised schedule will be loaded over the weekend that will also shown early termination of HKG-GUM service.

Not sure about OPís statement on ďit is funny to announce the suspension after adding servicesĒ. Is it suppose to be humor? Anyway, they are not related.
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Old Aug 23, 19, 5:14 pm
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Will ORD-HKG be suspended in both directions on 9/8? Iím currently booked on 896 on 9/8.
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Old Aug 23, 19, 5:18 pm
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Sad news - geopolitics screwing with some very cool routes to HKG and India.

I wonder if/when UA reconsiders the 2nd daily SFO-HKG plan.

Also, is pricing down? Is HKG potential mileage run fodder like SIN was 15-18 years ago?
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Old Aug 23, 19, 5:20 pm
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I booked GUM-HKG on Oct. 26 (the last flight of this route). What is the new date for the last flight?
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Old Aug 23, 19, 5:20 pm
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Ugh. That's disappointing about EZE, especially that time of year.
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Old Aug 23, 19, 5:59 pm
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I have two flights in November between EWR and EZE

Well have to start thinking about reroutingÖ

UPDATE; UA Proactively protected me on new Flights! Iím happy with the revised routings..
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Old Aug 23, 19, 6:04 pm
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Makes sense in the current environment - HKG has the protest situation, while Argentinaís economy has been in free fall since the presidential primary. I do wonder what it means for the second SFO-HKG that was announced, and I do wonder if that might be used as the new positioning flight for 772 retrofits (since ORD-HKG had been the flight used to get the old birds over).
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Old Aug 23, 19, 6:51 pm
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Originally Posted by uastarflyer View Post
I wonder if/when UA reconsiders the 2nd daily SFO-HKG plan.

Also, is pricing down? Is HKG potential mileage run fodder like SIN was 15-18 years ago?

I saw a $180 one-way/$360 round-trip SFO-HKG the other day.

I still paid hundreds more to route my trip through Taipei. The protestors are calling for more airport blockages at HKG this weekend, despite the court injunction. Regardless of what happens, the uncertainty of flying to/from/through HKG due to civil unrest will keep away anyone that doesn't absolutely have to go to Hong Kong.

I don't think UA will start the 2nd daily SFO-HKG until things calm down.

https://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/...ng-authorities


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Old Aug 23, 19, 7:00 pm
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Agreed, I doubt we'll ever see the 2nd SFO-HKG come to fruition.
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Old Aug 23, 19, 7:02 pm
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Not surprised about the EZE flight from EWR being cut. Rarely seemed to be full, especially in J.
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Old Aug 23, 19, 7:05 pm
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I flew ORD-HKG yesterday and have been watching the loads the past week. There have been around 30 pax in J before non-revs cleared at the gate. Coach has been only around 60% full by my estimate. I can't say I am surprised.

I was scheduled to fly HKG-ORD next month and my flights have already been changed to HKG-SFO-ORD. Fortunately, my confirmed GPU was carried over to the new flights.
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Old Aug 23, 19, 7:14 pm
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With the collapse of the Argentinian economy Iíve been waiting for EWR-EZE to get the axe. Only seemed like a matter of time. ORD-HKG is surprising and I hope itís temporary.

Agree that the 2nd SFOHKG is probably DOA in this climate unless it effectively replaces ORDHKG. Sad...
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