Tokyo As A Mini Hub
Both United Airlines (IATA Airline Code – UA) and Delta Air Lines (DL) (through the acquisition from Northwest Airlines (NW)) have secondary hubs in Narita International Airport (IATA Airport Code – NRT) in Tokyo, Japan. UA operates an additional one at Guam International Airport (GUM).
Less than 10 years ago, it was common to see United and Delta operating many larger aircrafts like the 747-400 from Tokyo to other Asian cities so that they would be utilized more efficiently. However, is current operating conditions favorable to continue this practice? We will explore Tokyo as a hub in the following insight with focus on how United and Delta manage its operations.