Woodsboy, besides thinking that you need to lay off the caffiene, I appreciate your input. I have no problem saying that you obviously have a more current perspective. I'll stand by my statement that the cost of setting up a duplicate operation in Anchorage doesn't make sense for Horizon. And while I (badly)misstated the aircraft size on the flights, the constant year round demand that Horizon would count on doesn't exist. Most markets are highly seasonal, and ERA and PenAir's operations are adapted to shifting capacity as needed, not so Horizon. Additionaly, ERA and PenAir rely heavily on cargo and charter/FBO, again not Horizon's main strength (and before someone else yells at me, yes I know Horizon carries a great deal of cargo, but only as it fits on pax flights). Even AS's combi service fluctuates greatly.
Bottom line what I'm getting at, and was trying to say in my first post, is that QX operations are geared to markets that on average have a higher year round demand, and that to operate in Alaska, they would need to come up w/ a new fleet structure, new maint., new training, new airport operations, etc., etc. None of which would be in common w/ their current operations in the Pacific Northwest.
And finally, I grew up in Southeast, AK, worked in Anchorage, Kenai, Soldotna, Homer and Prudhoe for TravelCenter, and worked in res at both QX and AS. I based my statements on that background. I respect your comments and knowledge, especially since your experience is more current than mine, but have the common decency to respect others.
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