Quote: Alaska Airlines Announces Nonstop Portland-Honolulu Service
4/13/2010 10:15 a.m.
SEATTLE — Alaska Airlines today announced it will add a second nonstop flight between Portland, Ore., and Hawaii, with year-round, daily service to Honolulu beginning Sept. 20, 2010. The airline already flies between Portland and Kahului, Maui.
"We're excited to provide our Portland customers with additional nonstop service to the Hawaiian Islands," said Joe Sprague, Alaska's vice president of marketing. "With its beautiful beaches, historic sites and endless sunshine, Honolulu is a great complement to our existing Portland-Maui nonstop service. Including these new flights, Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air will serve the Portland market with 90 daily departures — more than twice that of any other airline."
DesertAir From Mexico, joined Jan 2006, 1389 posts, RR: 0 Reply 13, posted (3 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 9272 times:
I have always liked Alaska Airlines. They appear to take calculated risks to launch new markets. Years ago they began the Fly the Sun service to Palm Springs from San Francisco. Later on they dived into Mexico service and transcons from SEA. Recently they have launched Hawaii service from various West Coast cities which I think is great. When their intra-California routes were drying up they looked for new markets. I hope this service does well since Hawaii is a great destination for those who live in the rainly cold Northwest.
To all of the above, I say... Bring It On, Alaska! You WILL succeed with any route from SAN to Hawaii. Please start using those 3 mostly-empty gates of yours at Lindbergh for some new flights - and this would be a great start!
Back to the real subject of the thread, congrat's to you PDX for this almost-instantaneous lost-service replacement. (I personally envy you for having an airline with the interest and ability to do something like this. Whether you are considered a hub, secondary hub, or whatever, by AS, you are very fortunate.)
Airport From United States of America, joined Aug 2009, 1397 posts, RR: 9 Reply 18, posted (3 years 1 month 1 week 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 7803 times:
Indeed, I do forsee SAN-HNL to be on the AS route map in the near future.
Quoting yellowtail (Reply 14): There are some destinations they could make money on within range of the 73s.....SJO, BZE, GUA, MTY, AUS, MSY
I completely agree. (well, sans AUS since they already serve it)
I would be willing to bet monopoly money that AS could make LAX-SJO/BZE/GUA/MTY a profitable venture, if they ever decided to pursue it. Why not? The rumors have been around since AS bought 737s that they'd eventually hit Central America...
Pohakuloa From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 370 posts, RR: 0 Reply 19, posted (3 years 1 month 1 week 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 7700 times:
The AS flights are also running about 3 hours before HA's flights running both ways on the route. Besides the wide body/narrow body preference for some travelers, the PDX departure and arrival times may also play into preference of convenience here as well so it should be interesting to see how it fares one way or the other.
Portland-Honolulu 7:25 am - 10:25 am
Honolulu-Portland 11:25 am - 8:10 pm
Portland-Honolulu 10:15am - 1:10pm
Honolulu-Portland 2:40pm - 11:10pm
yellowtail From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 5161 posts, RR: 2 Reply 20, posted (3 years 1 month 1 week 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 7316 times:
Quoting Airport (Reply 18): I would be willing to bet monopoly money that AS could make LAX-SJO/BZE/GUA/MTY a profitable venture, if they ever decided to pursue it. Why not? The rumors have been around since AS bought 737s that they'd eventually hit Central America...
For sure LAX-SJO/GUA would work....LAX-BZE too....CO makes some serious money sending folks LAX-IAH-BZE. THey key would be to tap the VFR...which would require a CTO in the respective countries.
When in doubt, hold on to your altitude. No-one has ever collided with the sky.
SANFan From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 4721 posts, RR: 15 Reply 23, posted (3 years 1 month 1 week 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 6806 times:
Quoting Pohakuloa (Reply 19): The AS flights are also running about 3 hours before HA's flights running both ways on the route.
One thing I notice about the timing of the new HNL service is that any connecting possibilities thru PDX are pretty much non-existent, right? As a hub (of some level), I would think AS/QX would be interested in getting a few non-Portland travelers on the flight as well; on-line connections are one thing that HA certainly can't offer.
I guess SEA will be the connecting point for Island service.
BMI727 From United States of America, joined Feb 2009, 14342 posts, RR: 26 Reply 24, posted (3 years 1 month 1 week 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 6785 times:
Quoting hatbutton (Reply 7): Probably only a matter of time before AS starts something from SAN.
Could that cause problems from an operations standpoint? We are talking about a 737 loaded for a 2200NM flight westbound with ETOPS and the terrain clearance issues in SAN. Furthermore, it would probably have to be a 73H since I think that all AS flights to Hawaii are on -800s and the -700s might not even be ETOPS certified.
I don't have numbers, but I would think that hot days could saddle AS with a restriction on SAN-Hawaii flights.
Why do Aerospace Engineering students have to turn things in on time?
25 Bluewave 707: Would love to see AS service between SNA & HNL to compete against CO. Maybe AS will add another SEA-HNL flight.
26 hatbutton: Well I'm seeing SEA-LIH is 2346 NM and SAN-HNL is 2271NM. LIH's runway is 6,500 feet and surely they have hot conditions in the summer. I'd think SAN
27 wedgetail737: I don't really know about PDX without looking at a schedule, but SEA does have some early morning arrivals from outlying, regional destinations that