Originally Posted by Daltnpapi4u
WOW this flight is going to require at least 95% connection traffic since SLC doesnt have anywhere near the O&D to make it on its own. This flight will bleed more money then any other route from SLC. I doubt this will last very long.
Dalnpapi4U: Don't know what O&D means, possibly something like "origination & destination," meaning the people who start their trip in SLC and return. Right? If so, I think your projection is woefully inaccurate. Why?
First, let's take the Mormon Church's missionary program. My hunch is missionaries, alone, will take at least 10% of the available seats each of the 5 days per week.
Second, SLC is the silent sales capital of the world. Few things get made in Utah, but almost everything under the sun gets sold out of SLC, much internationally. Utahans, for whatever reason, have sales built into their DNA. Anyone who has flown out of SLC for any length of time knows SLC O&D flights are jammed with sales people, going somewhere to sell something. My guess is at least another 10% of the seats on SLC to Tokyo flights will be occupied by salespeople going somewhere to sell something, especially to the burgeoning markets in the Far East.
Finally, the economy in SLC is so strong that another 10% of the seats will go to technical people going somewhere to share their technology. Whether it is software, netware, bio-medical products, natural-resource related, or other types of technology, another 10% of the seats will be SLC O&D seats, related to the transfer and support of technology.
Let's see, that gives us a conservative 30% of the seats each of the 5 days per week as O&D seats. Is that enough to make money?