Aviano789 wrote:BN727227Ultra wrote:Aviano789 wrote:From the late 60s to late 70s National Airlines became an all-jet airline with the DC-8, 727, DC-10 and even B-747 with transatlantic flights between Miami (MIA) & London (LHR). Why the airline never even consider entering the Hawaiian market prior to the Pan Am acquisition?
If A.net is to be believed (and why not?) there is practically no traffic from the east coast to Hawai'i, especially from the southeast. The Caribbean is much closer.
National did serve the west coast cities, they could have file for authorization to fly from LAX, SFO, SAN, and ONT to Hawaii.
But with no west coast network, they'd be in a fistfight with PA and UA to fill the planes. Look at LAX-HNL now--everyone with a Part 121 and his dog flies the route and everyone defines LAX as a focus city. Given the state of play at the time of the route-letting, not only was hub-n-spoke nonexistent, but focus cities were unheard of. National may have been able to feed traffic from IAH/MSY to LAX to send to HNL, but that'd be it.
Braniff did well at DFW, but IAH didn't have a hometown airline yet. DL waited, then tried to replace BN at DFW while AA saw them both off eventually. WN did DEN then SLC. NW had SEA and PDX. There was no catchment left for National to draw from.
By the time aircraft size was the right fit for mid-America-HNL, National was a shell, still hubless, and a lousy fleet. PA made it worse.