United Airlines is bringing back the 777-200 to its Guam – Tokyo (NRT) route after severely scaling back service earlier this year.
From October 28th, United will use two-class 777-200s (364 seats) on both the morning and evening flights to/from Guam and Tokyo. The afternoon flight will continue to be operated by a 737 with 166 seats.
Patrick Quayle, International Network Vice President, stated:
When we reduced capacity earlier this year, we said we would restore the 777s if market conditions warranted. Following through on that commitment, we are returning the 777 to Guam this winter as demand has begun to recover.
This schedule will remain in effect through March 30, 2019. Beyond March will be a wait-and-see. Demand remains depressed and United will not send empty planes back and forth just for prestige.
Since Delta pulled out of Guam earlier this year, you might think that times would be good for United. But in an era of cheap airfare throughout Asia, perhaps Asian tourists are visiting SE Asia instead. For the same price, I would too…
Guam remains a Pacific United hub. It’s nice to see the 777 return to Tokyo routes. But it appears that Guam is in a funk right now. In any case, this news is an upgrade for business class passengers (lie-flat beds) but a downgrade for economy class passengers (narrower seats + pitch).
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