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Turkish Airlines Planes

Turkish Airlines Expanding with Airbus A380s? (Updated)

Turkish Airlines

Turkish Airlines has been going through major route expansion since entering Star Alliance back in 2008. The biggest aircraft it currently operates is a Boeing 777-300ER which can sit 337 passengers in a three-class configuration.  The “Globally Yours” airline has been looking for options to lease or buy bigger aircraft type to fly from its hub in Istanbul (IST) to highly populated cities like Beijing (PEK), Shanghai (PVG) and Tokyo (HND/NRT) where flight slots are more restricted.

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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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