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Frontier Alaska Acquiring Era Aviation  
User currently offlineGRRTVC From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 275 posts, RR: 1
Posted (5 years 7 months 1 week 23 hours ago) and read 3776 times:

Little surprised this hasn't been posted yet.

Frontier Alaska, parent company of Frontier Flying and Hageland Aviation, announced they will be acquiring Era Aviation.

http://www.adn.com/money/story/693165.html

GRRTVC

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User currently offlineHatbutton From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 1500 posts, RR: 14
Reply 1, posted (5 years 7 months 1 week 23 hours ago) and read 3720 times:

Interesting development within the state. I wonder if 2F will cut back on anything 7H currently does. Or if they will try to consolidate any fleet types. The 1900C and D are similar enough, do you think they will ever get rid of the Dash 8s?

Too bad cause I was starting to like 7H's new paint job.

Wonder what KS's take on this consolidation is.


User currently offlineChugach From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 1041 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (5 years 7 months 1 week 22 hours ago) and read 3649 times:



Quoting Hatbutton (Reply 1):
Interesting development within the state. I wonder if 2F will cut back on anything 7H currently does. Or if they will try to consolidate any fleet types. The 1900C and D are similar enough, do you think they will ever get rid of the Dash 8s?

I don't know why they would get rid of the Dash's. There are certain routes such as ANC-FAI, ANC-ADQ, and ANC-ENA that certainly justify using the Dash from a load standpoint. If anything this new combined airline could probably stand to acquire a few more Dash-8's.

I haven't heard, but will Frontier keep the Era Aviation name around as a subsidiary, or will all Era flights become Frontier flights?

Certainly an interesting day for Alaskan aviation. AS hasn't had a viable statewide competitor since MarkAir; this new combination could have an interesting effect on service and prices statewide.



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User currently offlineKohflot From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (5 years 7 months 1 week 22 hours ago) and read 3595 times:



Quoting Chugach (Reply 2):
Certainly an interesting day for Alaskan aviation. AS hasn't had a viable statewide competitor since MarkAir; this new combination could have an interesting effect on service and prices statewide.

According to the press release, the new mega-regional appears to be more interested in cooperating with AS rather than competing.


User currently offlineMtnWest1979 From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 2461 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (5 years 7 months 1 week 21 hours ago) and read 3530 times:
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My first thought on this was that there will be a big opportunity in Alaska aviation if this marriage fails. I somehow don't think the outcome will result in what all parties involved had hoped for. No reasoning, but just a gut feeling.
And as for being any type of competitor to AS, they are more of a complimenter. Don't really compete much up there. ANC-FAI, about the only notable route.



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User currently offlineGRRTVC From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 275 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (5 years 7 months 1 week 20 hours ago) and read 3500 times:

My personal believe is that Frontier Flying may be treated a bit more like QX is in the Lower-48. Providing supplemental service to or taking over some of the AS routes. I've been on some FAI-ANC runs that have had less then 40 paxs...a perfect route for 2F with a Dash to supplement. As we all know it can get pretty costly running a 140 seat B737 with only 40 paxs.

Not sure KS will have much of a response. They and 7H/2F really don't compete on many routes. KS more or less has the west and southwest of Alaska and 7H/2F has the central and south central markets. KS is also a code-share partner with AS.

It will be interesting to see how this all plays out in the coming months.

GRRTVC


User currently offlineHatbutton From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 1500 posts, RR: 14
Reply 6, posted (5 years 7 months 1 week 20 hours ago) and read 3469 times:



Quoting Chugach (Reply 2):
I don't know why they would get rid of the Dash's. There are certain routes such as ANC-FAI, ANC-ADQ, and ANC-ENA that certainly justify using the Dash from a load standpoint. If anything this new combined airline could probably stand to acquire a few more Dash-8's.

True but I was thinking they'd acquire more 1900s and increase frequency instead to reduce fleet costs.


User currently offlineAA737-823 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 5831 posts, RR: 11
Reply 7, posted (5 years 7 months 1 week 17 hours ago) and read 3374 times:



Quoting Hatbutton (Reply 1):
Wonder what KS's take on this consolidation is.

My thoughts exactly.

When I moved here, Pen was the biggest regional airline in Alaska (Sidenote- pretty sure that would make them the biggest regional airline in the United States, considering that Alaska is actually the biggest state, and if you cut it in half, Texas is STILL smaller than either half, and did I mention you can see Russia from Sarah's front porch?). Anyhow, before this announcement, Frontier was claiming to be largest; this certainly seals that deal.

Bummer- I liked Era a lot more than Pen or Frontier.

Oh well, nothing I can do about it.


User currently offlineAA737-823 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 5831 posts, RR: 11
Reply 8, posted (5 years 7 months 1 week 17 hours ago) and read 3370 times:



Quoting Chugach (Reply 2):
I haven't heard, but will Frontier keep the Era Aviation name around as a subsidiary, or will all Era flights become Frontier flights?

Allow me to quote from the article:
" It will retain its name after the acquisition."


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