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How Is Alaska Doing In MSP?  
User currently offlineMSYtristar From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 6570 posts, RR: 50
Posted (5 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 3758 times:

Only two flights a day on MSP-SEA...did they ever offer more flights than that? I know the O&D market is fairly big and I'm sure they get a lot of connections to Alaska so I suppose they are holding their own. I'm flying the 145p departure in two weeks and I'll be curious to see how full the plane is.

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User currently offlineMtnWest1979 From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 2458 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (5 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 3676 times:

Well seeing as they have only been on the route a very short time, I think they are still feeling out the market for now, and they started and have kept 2 flights a day on the run.
I, too, woould imagine that they are doing good on it.



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User currently offlineDirectorguy From Egypt, joined Jul 2008, 1686 posts, RR: 11
Reply 2, posted (5 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 3537 times:



Quoting MtnWest1979 (Reply 1):
I, too, woould imagine that they are doing good on it

Care to explain why?


User currently offlineHatbutton From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 1500 posts, RR: 14
Reply 3, posted (5 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 3434 times:

Well let's see...from the latest DOT numbers...

NOV

MSP-SEA 71% LF
SEA-MSP 71% LF

DEC

MSP-SEA 81% LF
SEA-MSP 79% LF

And looking at the recent loads and future loads...they are pretty consistent with the 75-85% range. So I'd say the route has matured well in a short amount of time even in this economic climate.


User currently offlineJrmsp From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 12 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (5 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 3404 times:

They certainly have the flexibility to downgrade to a -700 if they wish.

I think they could do a little better if their timing were a little more attractive, not to mention making it better-known that NW mileage credit could still be earned.


User currently offlinePlanefxr From United States of America, joined Apr 2008, 443 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (5 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 3274 times:



Quoting Hatbutton (Reply 3):
And looking at the recent loads and future loads...they are pretty consistent with the 75-85% range. So I'd say the route has matured well in a short amount of time even in this economic climate.

I would think that the new agreement with DL/NW will only improve these numbers, and I wouldn't be surprised to see them start SEA-SLC, another DL hub.


User currently offlineHatbutton From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 1500 posts, RR: 14
Reply 6, posted (5 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 3206 times:



Quoting Planefxr (Reply 5):
I would think that the new agreement with DL/NW will only improve these numbers, and I wouldn't be surprised to see them start SEA-SLC, another DL hub.

It would be nice, though that market is pretty saturated with WN being on the route as well. MSP was pretty much a NW show with some SY flights. And MSP was the highest requested route by AS MVP Golds. So that was partly due to that route getting the nod before other partner routes. At first NW was a little mad at AS and I believe to date, we still don't have any codesharing connection opportunities once at MSP. Sure you can earn miles and get your bags transferred, but as for purchasing a ticket from AS that goes right to a NW flight on the same reservation...not possible.

But I have long wanted to fly to SLC on AS metal. So I hope we see it some day.


User currently offlineEA CO AS From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 13608 posts, RR: 61
Reply 7, posted (5 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 2793 times:
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Per Alaska CEO Bill Ayer, the market is doing okay but the expectation is that things will pick up once DL puts their code on the SEA-MSP flight and opens up connections beyond MSP.


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