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Tokyo as a Mini Hub – Tale of Two Airlines

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.

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