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Alaska Airlines Expands Denver Service  
User currently offlineBA From United States of America, joined May 2000, 11153 posts, RR: 59
Posted (12 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days ago) and read 1675 times:

Nothing HUGE, but I'm surprised they already are increasing service just a month after they started service! That's not really enough time to fully develop a route.

Anyways, Alaska Airline's commuter subsidy Horizon Air is adding a 3rd flight from Portland (PDX).

http://portland.bizjournals.com/portland/stories/2002/06/03/daily13.html

Good to see Alaska growing.

Regards


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User currently offlineScottysAir From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (12 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days ago) and read 1656 times:

BA,

I think this is great to hear as from Alaska Airlines added 3rd flight to DEN nonstop. And what are else were goes on want be expand plans go new flight to JFK, FLL, CLT, MIA, MCO, DFW, EWR, CVG, PIT, PHL flight into the US airports want Alaska Airlines if expand more new nonstop flight like on the new B737-900 aircraft. this I do like that on the my new planes. Well, see ya!!


User currently offlineAirT85 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (12 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 1641 times:

I dont think Alaska will add lots of flights to the east coast from Denver, as Frontier is pretty established to both costs, and is continually growing in both directions. I think we will just see the addition of more service to existing cities on the west coast...
Tony


User currently offlineOuboy79 From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 4567 posts, RR: 23
Reply 3, posted (12 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 1631 times:

AS would be foolish to get out of its niche on the left coast. They do it very well out there. The only thing we may see is a filling in of cities west of Mississippi such as TUL, OKC, ICT, etc for Horizon or mainline service back to the west. East coast is already covered through a code-share with CO.

User currently offlineKwbl From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 442 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (12 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 1614 times:

This will make a total of 13 flights between PDX and DEN, including several 757s. It seems like someone will eventually have to reduce their number of flights-probably UA. This is the busiest route out of PDX eastbound. Sure would like to see AS to BOS & JFK from PDX

User currently offlineSearpqx From Netherlands, joined Jun 2000, 4343 posts, RR: 10
Reply 5, posted (12 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 1608 times:

AS isn't likely to add more destinations out of Denver, except maybe Spokane down the road (just my guess), but do look for them to add more destinations back east. During the annual meeting of the Alaska Air Group (holding company for AS and QX), Bill Ayers hinted at that very topic, when he discussed the conversion of two 737-700 options to firm orders and the conversion of a current order for a 700 to a 900. Overall Alaska has stated that they plan to grow ASM by 9% next year, and Horizon by 12%.

Duane



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User currently offlineScottysAir From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (12 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 1604 times:

Wait!! I think this is got a idea about AS want expand more new flight from SEA to east coast on the B737-900 aircraft. It would like be very good idea want to be more new nonstop on the long transcontinental flight. Do you think ever had a good plans on the AS. Well, see ya!

User currently offlineBA From United States of America, joined May 2000, 11153 posts, RR: 59
Reply 7, posted (12 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 1600 times:

Alaska will never serve the East Coast from DEN. With only BOS and IAD/DCA from SEA, Alaska is truly a West Coast airline and I think it's going to stay like that for the most part.

Plus, Denver isn't even a hub for Alaska, so they would never serve any Eastern Coast routes from DEN. Yes, Alaska does do a lot of point-to-point, but serving the East Coast from a destination that is not a hub is not there strategy.

From what I've heard, Alaska is currently evaluating the possibility of operating ANC-DEN service year-round non-stop for next year.

Also a possibility later on is some Mexico service, but I wouldn't expect that anytime very soon.

Before they started service, they were even considering LAX-DEN, but instead decided to code-share on American's 3x a day service along with American's 2x LAX-COS service.

What I could see happening sometime this year is PDX-DEN being operated completely by Alaska. I heard the only reason why PDX-DEN is operated by Horizon is because of the lack of aircraft Alaska has. I also heard a 4th SEA-DEN is coming soon.

Regards



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User currently offlineEA CO AS From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 13515 posts, RR: 62
Reply 8, posted (12 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 1594 times:
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While the -900 has the range for transcontinental flights, it's not as efficient as the -700, since it is occasionally weight-restricted on the westbound legs, as was the case with DCA service.

The -700 is ideally suited for the long-haul transcon flights, since it can handle the transcons without a weight restriction. The addition of more -700s to the fleet means more longhauls in the future.



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User currently offlineBA From United States of America, joined May 2000, 11153 posts, RR: 59
Reply 9, posted (12 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 1591 times:

EA CO AS,

I've heard MCO and COS are going to be announced this fall. Is this true?

Regards



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User currently offlineEA CO AS From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 13515 posts, RR: 62
Reply 10, posted (12 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 1568 times:
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Well, rumor has it that two additional cities are being added in the fall. Supposedly, one will definitely be somewhere in Florida.

MCO had been the front-runner for quite awhile, but from what I've heard, MIA is a strong possibility based on cruise traffic out of both MIA and FLL.

DEN traffic has surpassed anyone's wildest expectations, so COS could also be a distinct possibility in the near term.

AS has quietly moved their focus to bolstering their three key focus cities: SEA, ANC, and LAX. A survey conducted by an outside firm recently stated that AS has the West Coast pretty well locked-up, but they're essentially forcing their most frequent fliers to travel on other carriers to other destinations outside their home markets. This was one of the reasons to make slow, well-timed expansion into some of these other desired markets, such as CUN, BOS, and DEN.

The only thing AS is lacking right now are airplanes! They could use another five to ten at least.



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User currently onlineMAH4546 From Sweden, joined Jan 2001, 32606 posts, RR: 72
Reply 11, posted (12 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 1569 times:

I've also heard they might add MIA this fall, over MCO. MIA would make much more sense than MCO, IMO.


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User currently offlineBA From United States of America, joined May 2000, 11153 posts, RR: 59
Reply 12, posted (12 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 1550 times:

I think COS would be a very good choice for them, and it fits there strategy very well. SEA-COS could be operated twice daily on 737s. PDX-COS would also be a good choice once daily on Horizon CRJ700s.

SJC-COS would also be a good choice. These are the same destinations that Alaska serves from Tucson (TUS), which is a very similar sized market to COS.

The only thing AS is lacking right now are airplanes! They could use another five to ten at least.

From what I've heard, the only reason why PDX-DEN is on Horizon is because of the lack of Alaska Airlines aircraft. I heard once Alaska recieves enough aircraft, this route will be taken over by Alaska completely.

Regards



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User currently offlineAgnusBymaster From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 652 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (12 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 1499 times:

As usual, the anglers are trying to push the operation to its limits. I love how Alaska plans to grow 9% this year without adding any new aircraft (I believe they will receive one 739 and return one MD-80 this year). From what I hear, MEL counts are going up, up and away after reaching record lows earlier this year. I hope when I fly to BOS next week my plane doesn't return to the airport two times in a row.

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