Hamlet69 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 2687 posts, RR: 59 Posted (13 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 1480 times:
Okay, here's one for those who either work for Alaska, or really follow the airline:
Can you tell me where the different versions of the 737 (-200C, -400, -700) fly? The more detailed the answer, the better. In fact, if you can give me flight numbers, you'll have made a life-long friend!
Hamlet69 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 2687 posts, RR: 59 Reply 6, posted (13 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 1412 times:
What I'm really looking for here is how Alaska uses their 737s. In other words, what routes do the -200s fly? routes for the -400s? the -700s? The online timetable only lists equipment as MD80 or 737, but doesn't distinguish between the versions. Since AS only flies MD-82s and MD-83s, I don't really care which is which. But the 37's are definitately distinguishable, so I'd like to know more.
737-990 From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 364 posts, RR: 1 Reply 7, posted (13 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 1399 times:
AS uses the -200s (8 in the fleet) exclusively within the state of Alaska and to Alaska from Seattle. On very rare ocassions you'll see it in the lower 48 as an aircraft swap but very rare. Most of these flights (although not all) are distinguished by two digit flight numbers (i.e. flts 61, 51, 30, 31).
The -700 (currently 10 in sevice of an eventual 19) started out as an Orange County (SNA) aircraft. Due to the noise restrictions at that airport its more ideal than the -400 which suffered from weight penalties due to the noise restrictions. examples of flight numbers out of SNA using -700 are 429, 495, 497, and 493. This A/C is also being used on the new ANC-ORD service, flights 135 and 136. As more come online its also been going to GEG, LAX, YVR, SAN, OAK, SMF and PDX. Generally its being used on lighter routes.
Since the -400 and the MD80's have relatively the same load (-400 138 seats and MD80 140) you'll see them on the same route's. Generally you wont see any AS 737s into Mexico or on long haul routes like LAX-ANC, but you will see them on routes within the state of Alaska since they do have a larger cargo capacity than the MD80s.
I hope this helps a bit. Believe me, I've been working here for 4 years now and I still don't know why some routes are MD80s and others 737s.
Charles802 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 380 posts, RR: 0 Reply 8, posted (13 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 1375 times:
Euroflyer---Some of what you said I can verify is being correct, but I'm curious how you came up with these Seattle-Edmonton, and Anchorage to Vancouver flights?? Alaska doesn't serve either of those routes. Horizon flies F-28-4000s to Edmonton.
The 73Gs can be found between SEA-ANC, ANC-FAI, and ORD-ANC. The plane that flies to Chicago first goes SEA-ANC-FAI and on the way back flies ANC-FAI-SEA. Plus, there's another 73G in the SEA-ANC corridor. The 73G also flies to SNA frequently, and from LAX-SEA, PSP-SEA and SJC-PDX just to name a few routes. As new 73Gs continue to arrive, you will see them used a lot as spares.
MD-80s generally stay to the south in the winter, so I understand, they need a lot of de-icing fluid and just in general don't perform as well in cold weather. The 734s generally don't fly so much to Phoenix and Mexico because they don't do as well in very hot weather as the MD-80s. However, I imagine they don't have to cut-back loads on the 734s very often, because they do fly to Mexico, Las Vegas, Phoenix and Palm Springs. Due to noise restrictions, you never see MD-80s at SNA. Because Alaska operates a lot of SNA-OAK-SEA flights, you see fewer MD-80s at OAK. Also, Vancouver rarely gets MD-80s.
Alaska has three MD-80s with extended fuel tanks, which were delivered in the range of 1993-4. They were used for flights to Russia, and they are currently used on the two LAX-ANC flights and I think also on the SFO-ANC flight. In the winter, they are used for Seattle-Mexico non-stops.
As mentioned, the 737-200 Combis mainly stay in Alaska. There are 8, but Alaska hopes to get a 9th to improve reliability. They do come to SEA, for use on freighter flights, (flight numbers 800-900). I'm not sure if this was mentioned, but they often fly the "milk run," which is a flight from SEA-ANC that stops at most of the Panhandle towns.