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Who Loves Alaska/Horizon Air?  
User currently offlineIloveBOI From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (10 years 11 months 3 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 2595 times:

Those two airlines are my favorite airlines of all times. The thread "Who Hates Southwest" had a lot of replies so I did the EXACT opposite. Who loves AS and/or QX? Those two airlines are my favorite of any airline I have flown on. There service is excellent and the crew is also amazing! I get free benefits on them since my dad is a pilot for horizon. Anyway, post away!

I  Love BOI

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User currently offlineGoose From Canada, joined Aug 2003, 1840 posts, RR: 15
Reply 1, posted (10 years 11 months 3 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 2571 times:

The old QX F28s were terrible.

Not that I'd know what it was like to be in the cabin; their F28s, like CRAL's, had fiberglass pits. I still have an old ramp jacket I could put on if I wanted to scratch for hours, like the good 'ole days.  Big grin

... just in case I feel nostalgic.

Alas, my experience working QX flights is quite limited..... only did them for a very short while.



"Talk to me, Goose..."
User currently offlineBrianhames From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 795 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (10 years 11 months 3 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 2564 times:

Couldn't agree more! Alaska and Horizon shred. I was born and raised on the good old Alaska 727s. And the service and crew are indeed excellent!

Brian


User currently offlineUal747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (10 years 11 months 3 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 2549 times:

Who loves DL?
Who loves AA?
Who loves BA?
Who loves UA?
Who loves NW?
Who loves VS?
Who loves KE?
Who loves CX?
Who loves SQ?
Who loves AI?
Who loves AF?
Who loves AZ?
Who loves LH?
Who loves LX?
Who loves CO?
Who loves EK?
Who loves TG?
Who loves QF?
Who loves TK?
Who loves IB?
Who loves, who loves, who loves, who loves, who loves, who loves, who loves, who loves, who loves, who loves....................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................

Are we gonna do this for every airline? It's bound to get out of hand just like the "Favorite Thing (Blank)" Threads.



User currently offlineWedgetail737 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 5901 posts, RR: 6
Reply 4, posted (10 years 11 months 3 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 2541 times:
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I flew on AS and QX quite a bit while I was on assignment in Seattle. I had the opportunity to fly on AS 737-900's, 737-700's, MD-80's and 737-400's. With their online webfares, I went to OAK, LAX, AS / KLAS), USA - Nevada">LAS and SMF on AS/QX. The QX aircraft I flew on were the DH8, DH4, F28 (-4000) and CR7.

In getting to the various destinations, I planned some interesting routes...just to get on some of the airplanes. For instance, I flew to SMF via PDX and returned via BOI. On that trip, I flew on a DH8 on the shuttle trip to PDX and connected to a CRJ-700 to SMF. On the return, I flew a DH4 to BOI and a F-28-4000 back to SEA.

I've always enjoyed Alaska's service. I had flown AS several times when I was younger, living at OAK. I flew the 727-200's quite a bit between OAK and SEA. I also flew on a "new" MD-80 from OAK to ONT. I even managed to fly on a 737-200 from OAK to PDX, with the blower kits.

Their service has always been excellent! Alaska still serves hot meals on most of their longer flights. I was quite impressed with a full, hot breakfast on a morning flight to OAK. What airline serves meals on a 1-1/2 hour flight???

I hope Alaska/Horizon will be around for many more years to come!


User currently offlineWedgetail737 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 5901 posts, RR: 6
Reply 5, posted (10 years 11 months 3 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 2535 times:
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Ual747:

We could ask, "Who loves..." defunct airlines. LOL! I'm just pulling your chain.


User currently offlineUal747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (10 years 11 months 3 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 2526 times:

Oh, I hardly love UA. It's my username simply because my first flight on a 744 was with UA.

UAL747


User currently offlineCopaair737 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (10 years 11 months 3 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 2525 times:

i really enjoy my trips when i fly AS/QX. the service on both of them is outstanding. i mean, even in the single class QX, you can get free beer, how good is that!

User currently offlineFlybynight From Norway, joined Jul 2003, 1005 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (10 years 11 months 3 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 2469 times:

Last time I flew on Horizon's F28 from Boise to SEA I was starting to think the Captain was going to drive the whole way. I haven't used that much runway since I flew on a SAS DC-8 way back when.


Heia Norge!
User currently offlineSuperDash From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 574 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (10 years 11 months 3 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 2462 times:

Two best airlines in the World. No question.



User currently offlineBicoastal From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (10 years 11 months 3 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 2448 times:

I don't like the fact that, when I last flew Alaska a couple of years ago, they included a religious prayer with my meal. They may have ended that practice. I don't have anything against people worshiping the religion of their choice, but I thought it was an invasion of my personal belief system (atheist) for them to give me that when I paid for the seat. Ever since then, I've avoided Alasaka Airlines and fly Aeromexico or Mexicana when I go to Cabo.

User currently offlineAirVB From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 268 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (10 years 11 months 3 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 2413 times:

I've been on Alaska I think 4 times, and I've always loved their courteous service and the fact that they serve hot meals on (most) LAX-SEA flights. I don't know if they still do now, but my family always liked to fly them for their superior service and comfort.

AirVB  Smile


User currently offlineEmmett99 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (10 years 11 months 3 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 2380 times:

I personally like Alaska Airlines so much, I am 5 airplanes short of photographing their entire fleet. 1 MD-80, 2 737-700's, 1 737-400 and 1 737-200. I love the service, the flights, the paint job, the routes.
As for the religeous stuff. I don't think they do that anymore.


User currently offlineStevenUhl777 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (10 years 11 months 3 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 2353 times:

Never flown on AS, but if UA were to fold, I'd probably choose them, since they're the hometown airline here in SEA.

I have flown Horizon, and have been impressed each time, and will fly them again. There were rumors of a PAE-PDX flight, and that would be a dream come true for me, since I visit the Portland area often and live 2 miles from PAE. I think they were getting serious before 9/11, but nothing since. I've done SEA-PDX with QX, no complaints at all. I've also flown SEA-FCA (or is it FCO?) and again, great flights.



User currently offlineStevenUhl777 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (10 years 11 months 3 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 2352 times:

To correct my earlier post....it was SEA-FCA. FCO is Rome, and I just don't see Horizon flying from Seattle to Rome anytime soon! LOL!

User currently offlineFly727 From Mexico, joined Jul 2003, 1789 posts, RR: 19
Reply 15, posted (10 years 11 months 3 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 2353 times:

I flew Alaska from CUN to LAX and back about three weeks ago, and let me tell you; their service is GREAT. CUN-LAX was in coach and we had a full hot meal with two rounds of drinks (no alcohol) in an almost new 737-700 (with a rather weird seats upholstery though). LAX-CUN was great also, but this time in FC; too bad they don't have an IFE system. 5 hours in that plane it's a little too much for just an in-flight magazine. Great service. From my experience I would recommend it !

And by the way, they still give the little prayer on every meal. I don't think it hurts or affects anyone IMHO; it's pretty much like changing channels on cable and catch an "Amen" between ESPN and HBO.

Bicoastal: Smart choice flying AM; we're glad to serve you !  Big thumbs up

RM



There are no stupid questions... just stupid people!
User currently offlineEIPremier From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 1549 posts, RR: 1
Reply 16, posted (10 years 11 months 3 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 2338 times:

"too bad they don't have an IFE system."

Apparently, that is soon to change. They were testing a new "system" last spring and there will be a formal announcement concerning their IFE plans tomorrow.

Regarding Alaska and Horizon, they are my two favorite carriers.
Horizon has one of the most modern and comfortable aircraft fleets among regional carriers. I also appreciate how their in-flight service features regional products (esp. the complimentary microbrews and wines). They offer a relatively premium product, which suits their relatively high ticket prices!

Alaska: I have been flying them since I was 3 months old, so I have to be somewhat partial. I still have faint, but fond memories of the days of "Gold Coast Service."

3-4 years ago, Alaska was an inconsistent operation at best. Fortunately, things have changed, and these days, they have one of the best products of any domestic carrier: decent in-flight service, frequent schedules, affordable "First Class" (well, it's better than coach), and, during the past 12 months, good operational performance! During the last quarter, Alaska was one of the top performing carriers in the DOT report, ranking above average in all four categories.

[Edited 2003-09-09 08:02:15]

User currently offlineRobw340 From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 12 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (10 years 11 months 3 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 2335 times:

2 of my favorite airlines --great Northwest hospitality-- very clean planes, professional, courteous and friendly staff...and free micro beer on Horizon is a lovely added touch (among many other nice touches)  Smile Robw

User currently offlineBluewave 707 From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 3152 posts, RR: 6
Reply 18, posted (10 years 11 months 3 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 2302 times:

I had the chance to fly QX from SEA - PDX - SEA back in July. Great airline!!! Everyone associated with QX from the ticket counter to the flight crew were awesome. Great service all the way through. They have an "Aloha Spirit" (not to do with AQ), that the majors lack big time. I have not had the opportutnity to fly on AS, but if its anything like QX, and what others have posted ... I look forward to that flight. Maybe to PDX next year.


"The best use of your life will be to so live your life, that the use of your life will outlive your life" -- D Severn
User currently offlineTango-Bravo From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 3805 posts, RR: 29
Reply 19, posted (10 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 2269 times:

One of the reasons I respect ("love" if you prefer) Alaska is their "in your face" route additions of SEA-IAD, SEA-DEN, SEA-EWR, SEA-BOS and PDX-DEN, by which they exposed the market manipulation machinations of UA, CO and AA.

While the incumbents on these routes claimed they were forced to reduce capacity due to "traffic declines," here's what happened when Alaska, who apparently wasn't in on their schemes, decided to test the waters in the same markets:

SEA-IAD and SEA-DEN where UA arbitrarily cut capacity: Both routes a success for AS from day one; within first year of service added second daily roundtrip to IAD year around, added a fourth daily roundtrip to DEN during the Summer season.

SEA-EWR: another success from the first day of operation; months later added a second daily roundtrip.

SEA-BOS: load factor in first month of service over 80% where it has since remained -- shortly after service began second daily roundtrip added.

PDX-DEN: increased capacity by replacing 3 daily QX CR7 roundtrips with 2 737-400s daily thereby increasing from 210 available seats daily each way to 276.

The frequncies (or capacity) added in these markets has in no way diminished either load factors or yields. Again, one more huge reason why I respect ("love") Alaska Airlines: they refused to play along with the big boys and exposed their big lies about declining traffic which they tried to use as an excuse for their market manipulation schemes. Inasmuch as Alaska otherwise seems to be enamored with copying the marketing/pricing follies of the money-losing would-be cartel airlines, their "in your face" response to arbitrary capacity reductions by UA, CO and AA came as a pleasant surprise.


User currently offlineTriley1057 From United Kingdom, joined Dec 1999, 462 posts, RR: 1
Reply 20, posted (10 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 2222 times:

So they actually give you a piece of paper with a prayer on it along with your meal? That is pretty interesting. I have never heard of that before. I'm surprised nobody has tried to sue them over it yet.

User currently offlineIloveBOI From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (10 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 2185 times:

I have never seen Alaska do prayer, nor I don't think I will. I am pretty sure they stopped. Anyone know why BOI-DEN stopped? I saw a post when it first started saying the loads were much, much higher than expected.

I  Love BOI


User currently offlineEA CO AS From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 13554 posts, RR: 62
Reply 22, posted (10 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 2186 times:
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The prayer cards are still on every full meal tray. While AS receives some complaints about them, the calls and letters from people who SUPPORT the practice far outweigh the complaints.




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User currently offlineFlybynight From Norway, joined Jul 2003, 1005 posts, RR: 2
Reply 23, posted (10 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 2126 times:

AS is a nice airline, but I wish on the coast-to-coast flights it was on a bigger plane, as opposed to a 737-700. I doubt that AS is buying any 757's or 767's anytime soon, but it would be nice!
I've heard, however, AS will at least look at Airbus when it comes time for their next purchase of planes.




Heia Norge!
User currently offlineStefandotde From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 24, posted (10 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 2117 times:

I flew AS once - from Anchorage to Seattle. There was nothing wrong with it: nice plane, friendly flight-attendents.
Ok, service was little poor - we got a sandwich for 3 hrs flight at lunchtime.
But scenic was great, weather fine. It worked.
But I don't "love" or "hate" airlines, I love to fly with this or that airline and I like or dislike an airline.


User currently offlineLeneld From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 606 posts, RR: 1
Reply 25, posted (10 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 2096 times:

I'm really not feeling Alaska Airlines at this time... As a PDX fan and frequent user, I've noticed Alaska interest in additional service here dwindling over the years... so My love for this airlines has dwindled also.....So until that changes, I will probably not love AS for a while.....MI Dispiace......

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