UsAirways_757 From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 46 posts, RR: 0 Posted (12 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 1831 times:
Alaska is mainly a west coast airline, but does anyone think that they might start expanding to the East Coast sometime? They started flying to Chicago last year, and I heard rumors that they might start to DCA. Any ideas?
Searpqx From Netherlands, joined Jun 2000, 4343 posts, RR: 11 Reply 1, posted (12 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 1674 times:
Alaska did apply for two of the USAir slots at DCA, stating when they did it they knew it was a long shot, but that DCA would make a good addition to the network. At the same time, it was reiterated that whats made AS so successfull is its North South structure on the West Coast, and while they may open more East West routes, based on how succesfull ANC - ORD has been, the plan is to remaine focused on the North South structure.
"The two most common elements in the universe are Hydrogen and stupidity"
EIPremier From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 1540 posts, RR: 1 Reply 2, posted (12 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 1651 times:
If the DOT awards the slots (one for arrival and one for departure) to Alaska, then the SEA-DCA service can happen. However these are old TWA slots for their LAX-DCA service, and they are highly contested by other airlines.
We'll just have to be patient...
I heard rumors that Alaska may actually be looking into flights from the West Coast to six different East Coast markets. However, these are just rumors, and it would be a long time before such a route system could be a reality.
Alaska's is a North-South airline, and they have been unsuccessful with previous ventures into the West-East market (they tried this in the late 80's after the purchase of JetAmerica). They also flew LAX-YYZ in 1992, and Air Canada sent them packing.
Alaska's growth plans are fairly conservative, and I think SEA-DCA is attractive due to the lack of competition. I don't think Alaska would have any reason to take on the big boys otherwise.
SkyWestPilot From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 3, posted (12 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 1587 times:
Alaska has a good relationship with American and I think any competing route East could jepordize that relationship. My own speculation on where Alaska could go:
SEA, PDX, or LAX to ORD or DFW is a heavy American market. Hard competetion and possibly get AA upset.
... to DEN is heavy United territory and it may be hard to compete.
So what other cities would Alaska want to take a small 73G to? It would have to be some of the relatively smaller cities. . . Colo Springs, Casper, Omaha, OKC, Kansas City?
EIPremier From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 1540 posts, RR: 1 Reply 5, posted (12 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 1546 times:
Alaska may appear to have good relations with American, but American is also engaging in their usual bullying.
Since gates at LAX's Terminal 3 went to common use, American has added 30 flights, including a LAX-SJD flight which is direct competition to Alaska. American's flights out of Terminal 3 are due to their purchase of Reno Air, but TWA also flies out of Terminal 3. American is doing their best to squeeze Alaska out of the terminal by flooding it with flights. American podiums are now set up at many Alaska gates. Rumor is that American will start competing on more of Alaska's routes.
If Alaska can't park their planes at T3, where will they park?? Will passengers have to ride busses out to Alaska a/c???
I've heard that Alaska's board of directors rejected a $75 per share offer of purchase. So, it's possible AA's sudden "unfriendliness" has something to do with that.
Nwa747-400 From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 1337 posts, RR: 5 Reply 6, posted (12 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 1529 times:
I know NW wanted the DCA-SEA route last year when the TW bid was awarded. I wonder if their interests are being tapped again now? It would provide nice connections to Asia, HNL, and the AS system out of SEA.
Mah4546 From Sweden, joined Jan 2001, 31747 posts, RR: 73 Reply 8, posted (12 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 1495 times:
Considering how amazingly popular Alaska has become as a destination for South Florida residents, I have been thinking that a non-stop, seasonal summer, weekly or twice-weekly MIA/FLL-ANC flight could be very succsesful.
Armandseguin From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 9, posted (12 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 1480 times:
AS must have been thinking about Newark at one time. I printed out an airport map and besides continental all over, be darned, one area was Alaska Airlines. This was last July. I look in their schedule, and, NO, they did not fly there. But it surely would be a strange "typo" to have AS on an airport map??