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QX/AS Adds To GEG  
User currently offlineN7371f From United States of America, joined Jul 2008, 1750 posts, RR: 12
Posted (5 years 1 month 22 hours ago) and read 2545 times:
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Tomorrow, 11/18, Horizon Air will announce nonstop Spokane (GEG) - Sacramento (SMF) and GEG - San Jose (SJC) service. Each route is showing once daily in WorldSpan. Q400 service. SMF is a morning departure; SJC a mid-afternoon departure.

Service may be made available by QX dropping GEG-Boise (BOI) altogether in early January.

SMF is a restore for QX after it started service in competition with Express Jet. At one time QX ran 2 dailies on CR7's and XJ 3 times daily in ERJ. SMF is one of the top 5-7 destinations from GEG so it can clearly support a nonstop. I cannot recall their ever being nonstop service to SJC from GEG.

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User currently offlineRgreenftm From United States of America, joined Jan 2008, 299 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (5 years 1 month 22 hours ago) and read 2488 times:

According to the QX facebook page, these new routes are to also presumably support the AS new Hawaii flying in those markets.

Quote:
Horizon Air- Psst...we're announcing two new routes tomorrow. Here's a hint. They complement Alaska's newest routes.

http://www.facebook.com/horizonair


User currently offlineSurfandSnow From United States of America, joined Jan 2009, 2907 posts, RR: 31
Reply 2, posted (5 years 1 month 22 hours ago) and read 2470 times:

Very interesting developments! It is absolutely great to see GEG doing well, especially as other airports of similar size has suffered tremendously in recent times: UA restored its longstanding ORD flight (albeit on UAX rather than mainline) and resumed SFO after a very long hiatus, WN will begin flying to DEN soon, and now Eastern Washington/Northern Idaho will have direct access to the [two] remaining Northern California hubs not currently served from GEG. Now we just need to give LAX another shot (I think once or twice daily UAX CR7s would be perfect) and GEG will be all set!

However, I am most fascinated by the implications on the California end. Both SMF and SJC have typically been mere spokes in the AS/QX network, handling little more than their share of SEA/PDX flights. Yet, both stations now handle flights to BOI, with OGG (plus KOA in SJC's case) and now GEG soon to come online. Not to mention the new SJC-AUS "nerd bird" flights, resumption of PDX-SJC mainline flights (in conjunction with the nerd bird  Wink), SMF-PSP/SBA, seasonal SJC-MMH, and most strange of all, the flight BETWEEN SJC and SMF! Now, it seems like both of these cities are evolving into quasi-minihubs for the airline. I wonder if more could be in store? Frontier did give SMF/SJC-SJD a try a few years back, I imagine the leader to Mexico's leisure destinations could make a better go of it. I also wonder if AS couldn't serve SMF from ORD on behalf of AA as it does to PDX. Just some ideas...  stirthepot 



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User currently offlineRgreenftm From United States of America, joined Jan 2008, 299 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (5 years 1 month 22 hours ago) and read 2445 times:

Taking a second look, these new routes don't really compliment HI flying, unless one is going to overnight. It appears these routes are an extension to the existing SMF-SJC flying they are currently doing.


Routings are as follows-

QX 2142 (GEG-SMF-SJC-GEG) - Starts Mar 26 2010 - 1x daily except Sundays on Q400
GEG-SMF - 7:35am-9:45am
SMF-SJC - 10:15am - 10:59am
SJC-GEG - 11:25am - 1:50pm

QX 2144 (GEG-SJC-SMF-GEG) - Starts Mar 26 2010 -1x daily except Saturdays on Q400
GEG-SJC - 3:20pm - 5:45pm
SJC-SMF - 6:15pm - 6:55pm
SMF-GEG - 7:20pm - 9:30pm


User currently offlineWedgetail737 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 5950 posts, RR: 6
Reply 4, posted (5 years 1 month 13 hours ago) and read 2269 times:
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Quoting Rgreenftm (Reply 3):
Routings are as follows-

QX 2142 (GEG-SMF-SJC-GEG) - Starts Mar 26 2010 - 1x daily except Sundays on Q400
GEG-SMF - 7:35am-9:45am
SMF-SJC - 10:15am - 10:59am
SJC-GEG - 11:25am - 1:50pm

QX 2144 (GEG-SJC-SMF-GEG) - Starts Mar 26 2010 -1x daily except Saturdays on Q400
GEG-SJC - 3:20pm - 5:45pm
SJC-SMF - 6:15pm - 6:55pm
SMF-GEG - 7:20pm - 9:30pm

Weren't these flights originally routed through BOI as opposed to GEG or is QX adding a 2nd SJC-SMF flight?

Quoting SurfandSnow (Reply 2):
it seems like both of these cities are evolving into quasi-minihubs for the airline.

In my opinion, I think you'll see SJC and SMF play a more significant roll in QX's life when the economy gets better and when QX finally rids itself of the CRJ-700 (unfortunately).


User currently offlineAirport From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (5 years 1 month 4 hours ago) and read 2021 times:



Quoting Wedgetail737 (Reply 4):
Weren't these flights originally routed through BOI as opposed to GEG or is QX adding a 2nd SJC-SMF flight?

Unless they're discontinuing the BOI-SJC/SMF triangle altogether, I think this addition is independent of anything out of Boise. The SJC-SMF flight that goes to GEG (an evening flight) compliments the SJC-SMF flight that goes to Boise (a morning flight), and vice-versa.


User currently offlineWedgetail737 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 5950 posts, RR: 6
Reply 6, posted (5 years 1 month 2 hours ago) and read 1936 times:
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Quoting Airport (Reply 5):
Unless they're discontinuing the BOI-SJC/SMF triangle altogether, I think this addition is independent of anything out of Boise. The SJC-SMF flight that goes to GEG (an evening flight) compliments the SJC-SMF flight that goes to Boise (a morning flight), and vice-versa.

I saw QX's schedule this morning. Now I understand.


User currently offlineUSAIRWAYS321 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 1848 posts, RR: 9
Reply 7, posted (5 years 1 month 2 hours ago) and read 1918 times:

QX is discontinuing BOI-GEG? Really? I fly that fairly often and loads always seem good.

User currently offlineWedgetail737 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 5950 posts, RR: 6
Reply 8, posted (5 years 1 month 1 hour ago) and read 1870 times:
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I'm sure in time, the GEG-BOI route will come back.

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