2 Responses

  1. 02nz
    02nz at |

    Agree that there are precious few specifics here. But long-term there’s definitely a lot of potential in the UA-CA partnership, given the strength of UA’s hub at San Francisco and CA’s at Beijing. The latter is the biggest competitive advantage. Its position in northeastern China makes it a much better connection point than Hong Kong or Shanghai. the latter of which also has the problem that the bulk of domestic traffic is served out of a different airport (Hongqiao) than long-haul international (Pudong). Air China also has a hub at Chengdu, another good hub for feeding connections further west and south (and served with a UA nonstop from SFO).

  2. patricia
    patricia at |

    When JV comes along (if ever), the pairings are likely UA-CA-(ZH) and DL-MU-(FM). AA might have to go with HU even if they can’t get CX to agree to invite HU into the alliance.

    UA-CA is the most ready-to-go from day one. Even as of today, 6 out of 7 mainland UA hubs are already connected to PEK, while UA already flies to all 3 of CA’s hubs (PEK, PVG, CTU).

    DL lacks an existing JV to northeast Asia, and has invested over $400m in MU, so when US-China JV opens up, DL will throw all eggs into that single basket – PVG.