If you're reading this blog, you probably know how the Boeing 787 is changing the routes airlines can profitably fly between the U.S. and Asia.
But as I wrote this week for Conde Nast Traveler, this trend is just beginning. Boeing still has more than 800 of the 787s to deliver, and many of them will end up on U.S.-Asia routes, likely ones that are not served today.
China could be the next major frontier. Some Chinese carriers are already adding U.S. routes, especially Hainan Airlines. But many analysts say this is only the start. That especially will be true if the Chinese and U.S. governments loosen restrictions on new flights.
"You can expect any airline that has long-range ambitions is going to look at the U.S. market," Addison Schonland, an aviation industry consultant at AirInsight, told me. "When you consider that to be the case, you see how many Chinese airlines there are and you see what airplanes they are buying. Sooner or later they are going to look for where the money is. The money is in America."
For more on how 787 and Asian routes, head over to Conde Nast Traveler's website.