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AS Inaugurates SEA-MCO Today  
User currently offlineEA CO AS From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 13647 posts, RR: 62
Posted (11 years 5 months 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 3251 times:
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Today, Alaska Airlines begins nonstop service from Seattle to Orlando.  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

The service, operated by a B-737-900, represents the only nonstop flight from the Pacific Northwest to Central Florida.

Alaska Airlines flight 18 left the gate fully loaded precisely one minute early, at 8:44am. The current estimated arrival time is 4:39pm, about 30 minutes ahead of schedule.




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User currently offlineN737MC From Canada, joined Oct 2000, 678 posts, RR: 16
Reply 1, posted (11 years 5 months 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 3246 times:

YAY!

Great job to see that it went out full and early for its first departure. I enjoy working at the airline! Nice to see the route expansion. Later at work I will look up the loads and stuff.

Later

Aaron


User currently offlineEA CO AS From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 13647 posts, RR: 62
Reply 2, posted (11 years 5 months 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 3230 times:
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Later at work I will look up the loads and stuff

So far, they're amazing! Through June 5, the SEA-MCO flight is averaging a 92% load factor in coach, and is booked 100% full in First Class every day.



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User currently offlineN737MC From Canada, joined Oct 2000, 678 posts, RR: 16
Reply 3, posted (11 years 5 months 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 3212 times:

I will look up the true loads in Sabre later. Not percentage loads. Actual loads!


Thanks

Aaron


User currently offlineHlywdCatft From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 5321 posts, RR: 6
Reply 4, posted (11 years 5 months 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 3210 times:

Does anyone know which airside it will use at MCO?

That will pretty much determine which runway the airline will use. I will be heading outside around 4:30 to see it land if there are no thunderstorms.


User currently offline762er From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 542 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (11 years 5 months 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 3206 times:

Wow, that's a really long way for a 737-900. I'd have to imagine that it's going to be pretty limited on cargo for the West bound leg.

User currently offlineFly_ATA From United States of America, joined May 2001, 616 posts, RR: 5
Reply 6, posted (11 years 5 months 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 3207 times:

I work for ATA in MCO. Alaska is leasing some of our counter space on the A side and also one our gates ( gate 3 ). We are excited about having a new neighbor.

User currently offlineEA CO AS From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 13647 posts, RR: 62
Reply 7, posted (11 years 5 months 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 3196 times:
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I will look up the true loads in Sabre later. Not percentage loads. Actual loads!


Thanks

Aaron


No problem, Aaron. I looked up them up in Sabre as well, but of course it's inappropriate to post the ACTUAL booking loads here. That's why I gave an average percentage over those days I checked.

And you're right, this IS a great company! We're glad to have you.

Have a good day!

[Edited 2003-05-22 19:16:41]


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User currently offlineAA61hvy From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 13977 posts, RR: 57
Reply 8, posted (11 years 5 months 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 3189 times:

I like how it says "first flight from central Florida to SEA" I know AA has an MIA-SEA, or at least used to.


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User currently offlineEA CO AS From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 13647 posts, RR: 62
Reply 9, posted (11 years 5 months 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 3175 times:
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I like how it says "first flight from central Florida to SEA" I know AA has an MIA-SEA, or at least used to

"Used to" would be the operative words, there. AA hasn't operated this route for quite some time. Currently, only AS offers nonstops from SEA to MIA (and now MCO as well).



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User currently offlineUSAIRWAYS321 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 1848 posts, RR: 9
Reply 10, posted (11 years 5 months 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 3148 times:

The weight constraints that 762er pointed out are extacly why Alaska is highly interested in the 737-900X.

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User currently offlineFsuwxman From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 439 posts, RR: 3
Reply 11, posted (11 years 5 months 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 3136 times:

A little off, but, I was wondering why AS switched MIA- SEA to having it overnight in MIA..

I also noticed that it is back to a -700 for MIA...



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User currently offlineLaxflyer From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 158 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (11 years 5 months 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 3100 times:

Best wishes to all AS employees on the start of their new route. In 1976 when I hired on with my company (CO) my first base assignment was SEA. Then AS had only a few airplanes. Even tho small it was always a top notch operation with loyal employees who went that extra mile for their pax. Then we had interline agreements and never once did I hear of a bad flight on AS from a connecting pax. 27 years laters and I am still hearing praises about this company and seeing the same gun-ho attitude that I saw 27 years ago. Still a class act operation and one that I am proud we code-share with. I have this feeling this is one airline that will be around for many years to come.

User currently offlineJohn From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 1374 posts, RR: 5
Reply 13, posted (11 years 5 months 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 3089 times:

Does AS also fly SEA-FLL?

User currently offlineDash8tech From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 732 posts, RR: 5
Reply 14, posted (11 years 5 months 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 3078 times:

No.

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User currently offlineUnited777 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 1657 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (11 years 5 months 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 3075 times:

John - AS doesnt fly to FLL from SEA. The only other destination from SEA is MIA non-stop with 737-700s.

User currently offlineScottysAir From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (11 years 5 months 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 3056 times:

That is correct for AS was only with nonstop from MIA-SEA destination. This is second cities was now to MCO by Florida. Not exactly anytime for began nonstop to FLL near of the future. This is pretty longer flight out of SEA to MIA & MCO flight, too.

User currently offlineUnited777 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 1657 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (11 years 5 months 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 3034 times:

Yea I've heard they flights are pretty boring and looooooooooong. These may be next generation aircraft AS uses on the route but a 737 on these two routes can be boring. I have many people in my old company who travel between Seattle to the east coast with AS and hated it. They say it is good AS is expanding routes from SEA to the east coast but they say AS is only good on west coast routes.

That would be cool if AS does add some kind of in-flight entertaiment system for these flights.



User currently offlineDeltAirlines From United States of America, joined May 1999, 8905 posts, RR: 12
Reply 18, posted (11 years 5 months 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 3005 times:

Ouch...no inflight entertainment...that has got to be a killer.

They are using Airside 1...when I was at MCO last month they already had signs up for Alaska Airlines in the airside directory (I was impressed).

Jeff


User currently offlineN951U From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (11 years 5 months 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 2990 times:

I will look up the true loads in Sabre later. Not percentage loads. Actual loads!

With employees posting proprietary information like that, no need for the other airlines to hire spies in the airport to count passengers!


User currently offlineFutureFO From Ireland, joined Oct 2001, 3132 posts, RR: 21
Reply 20, posted (11 years 5 months 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 2944 times:

Channel 2 News here in the Orlando airport area had footage of him landing. I was hoping to get to the airport today to get the inagural arrival. But hope to get an arrival over the weekend or early next week. If anyone has photos of the arrival or departure from SEA please post.


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User currently offlineNonrevman From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 1302 posts, RR: 1
Reply 21, posted (11 years 5 months 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 2928 times:

I wish AS would come to DFW. They do have good service and I enjoyed the flights with them.

User currently offlineEIPremier From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 1549 posts, RR: 1
Reply 22, posted (11 years 5 months 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 2912 times:

Ouch...no inflight entertainment...that has got to be a killer.

Personally, I have never seen the allure in shelling out $5 in order to squint at a small, relucent screen several rows away on which some tired B-grade flick is being shown. Let's face it, airplanes are not designed to be movie theatres. I suppose an offering such as JetBlue's DirectTV is somewhat more compelling, but I still don't see the problem in bringing along a paperback novel, or a couple of periodicals.

IFE increases fuel and maintenance costs, and I sincerely doubt revenue from headset rentals would offset these expenses, not to mention the screening cost.

Alaska currently offers First Class passengers complimentary DVDs courtesy of InMotion pictures. They also offer coach passengers a 25% discount on DVD player rentals. With the discount, a one-day rental on a 5'' player (including head-set and one free movie) is $9 (plus sales tax). Practically, the cost is $15 for a one-day rental with "jetback" return service included (IM doesn't have outlets at some of the east coast airports AS serves).

I don't think Alaska has done much to publicize their deal with InMotion. Perhaps AS could give customers a direct link to InMotion's website when making an online purchase on a long-haul route out of ANC or SEA.

As far as a DirecTV style product is concerned, I heard that Alaska had plans to install something of this nature on their fleet, but the project was shelved after 9/11 for financial reasons.


User currently offlineAA61hvy From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 13977 posts, RR: 57
Reply 23, posted (11 years 5 months 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 2843 times:

I think it AS came to DFW, AS would get smoked by AA and DL. They both fly to POR,SEA,LAX, and AA flies seasonaly to ANC. It would be Legend all over again. (more or less)


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User currently offlineHlywdCatft From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 5321 posts, RR: 6
Reply 24, posted (11 years 5 months 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 2839 times:

I got to see it fly over my apartment complex yesterday. It landed soon after a thunderstorm went through. It landed on the eastside runway which I believe is 17.

25 Deskdriver : The Scheduled time for the flight 5 hours 25 minutes does'nt seem that long for a B739 does it?
26 Flashmeister : By "POR", if you mean Portland, Oregon, the code is PDX. As far as AS IFE is concerned, I think it's a necessity for transcons -- people have come to
27 Post contains images FLY777UAL : EA CO AS- There's no difference in posting actual loads versus percentage loads...think about it. Let's see here...if Alaska's 737-900 seats 16F 156Y,
28 Strickerje : I thought AS codeshared with AA on the SEA-DFW and SEA-ORD routes so that they wouldn't have to serve these markets with their own aircraft...
29 TLHFLA : I wonder if they will consider serving TPA as well. TPA lacks nonstop west coast service with the exception of a daily DL flight to LAX. UA had a shor
30 EA CO AS : As far as AS IFE is concerned, I think it's a necessity for transcons -- people have come to expect it (except on Southwest, and Alaska is not nor doe
31 Dazed767 : Just saw her today for the first time over my house around 4:40pm, never thought I'd see the day when an AS aircraft would fly over my house.
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