Gmcc From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 190 posts, RR: 0 Posted (8 years 7 months 4 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 3268 times:
All the speculation about AS flying to Hawaii got me thinking, instead of flying from SEA and ANC which already has code share partner flights to Hawaii would it be easier for AS to merger with AQ and get to the island that way. While it would might be more expensive than operating flights from ANC and SEA it seems like a good fit for the following reasons:
1) common fleet 737-700 and 737-200
2) service from mainland cities not covered by partner airlines ie SNA and possibly OAK.
3)give the combine airline a greater presence at SNA which would put them in a better position for international flight slots from SNA if the expansion to 20 gates with 2 international gates actually unfolds the way the airport wants it to.
4) not a lot of overlapping flights, but enough common points to ensure good traffic flow on existing routes
Again this is pure speculation, I have no evidence that this would be a good or bad thing. Looking for everyone's thoughts on the matter.
Gmcc From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 190 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (8 years 7 months 4 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 3189 times:
Quoting Laxintl (Reply 4): If Alaska ever had its eyes on Aloha thernairline would have swooped in an made an offer during Aloha's recentrnCh11 process.
True, but a mileage plan member could dream for an easier way to get to Hawaii than have to go up to LAX from orange county for a partner flight. Then I wake up. Not that the airport is so bad but it is the trip up that gets worse all the time.
FlagshipAZ From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 3419 posts, RR: 14
Reply 6, posted (8 years 7 months 4 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 3179 times:
Interesting thought there, Gmcc. I wouldn't mind seeing AS taking over AQ. Since both carriers fly 737s, with AS going all 737NG by 2008, and AQ having 73Gs now...yep this would work from the fleet standpoint alone already. Then we'll have direct ANC - HNL flights, bypassing the Outside altogether. I'd see it now, both the 49th & 50th states having direct services with each other without any inputs whatsoever from the mainland. It's worth pursuing, if anyone has the guts for it. Probably just a pipe dream, tho. Regards.
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