Laxflyer From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 158 posts, RR: 0 Reply 12, posted (10 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 2610 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.
ScottysAir From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 16, posted (10 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 2566 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.
United777 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 1657 posts, RR: 0 Reply 17, posted (10 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 2544 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.
FutureFO From St. Vincent and the Grenadines, joined Oct 2001, 3120 posts, RR: 22 Reply 20, posted (10 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 2454 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.
EIPremier From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 1540 posts, RR: 1 Reply 22, posted (10 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 2422 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.