INSIGHTS

Boeing 787 -9 Airline Competitive Analysis

Boeing has so far delivered 787 -9 aircrafts to four airlines, All Nippon Airways (IATA Airline Code – NH), Air New Zealand (NZ), United Airlines (UA), and Virgin Atlantic Airways (VC). Two other airlines are soon to join this league. They are American Airlines (AA) and Air Canada (AC) both with delivery scheduled for Q1 2015. Today, we will spend time introducing the 787-9 program and perform a competitive analysis of the airlines using this variant.

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United Airlines Planes at Narita

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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