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Biggest Airline In Seattle?

Sat Aug 24, 2002 11:00 am

What airline other than Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air are the largest in Seattle?

It is close between United Airlines, Northwest Airlines and Southwest Airlines.

Also with Alaska Airlines expanding out of Seattle especially to the East and Horizon Air flying new routes to Southern California do you think any airlines will expand more service to Seattle to compete with AS and Horizon.

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RE: Biggest Airline In Seattle?

Sat Aug 24, 2002 11:09 am

Man, this is a close one. I would say, conservatively,
1. UA
2. NW
3. WN

The closeness between UA and NW varies on the time of day. For example, when I was there in August, there were 2 DC-10s and one 742 plus a few 752 and one 753, while the UA terminal had some 772 and some 752s and 737's. It's really almost a tie, since they bot have their own terminal. Any other thoughts?
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RE: Biggest Airline In Seattle?

Sat Aug 24, 2002 11:57 am

Well .... why not just check the stats? The numbers in July .. as reported on Port of Seatte's website ..


1. Horizon Airlines
CRJ-700 193
DH8 3963
FK28 396
Total 4552

2.Alaska Airlines
B737 2838
MD80 1556
Total 4394

3.United Airlines
A319 119
A320 234
B737 445
B747 2
B757 551
B767 92
B777 66
Total 1529

4. Southwest Airlines
737 1182

5. Northwest Airlines
A319 2
A320 60
B747 32
B74F 24
B757 346
DC10 211
Total 675

Alaska: 842.704
Horizon: 319.657
United: 313.762 + 19.455 (express)
Northwest: 258.904
Southwest: 226.539
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RE: Biggest Airline In Seattle?

Sat Aug 24, 2002 1:38 pm

WOW! It looks like United Airlines wins over Northwest Airlines. I think United Airlines serves more destinations than Northwest Airlines.

Northwest Airlines does serve Europe and Asia from Seattle. At one time Northwest Airlines did call Seattle a "mini-hub" to the Pacific.

I heard sometime ago United Airlines could start service to London from Seattle. Then again United Airlines also has United Express serving cities from Seattle.

Both airlines have a opportunity to expand from Seattle as both of them have there own terminals.

United Airlines - Los Angeles, San Francisco, Denver, New York, Washington, Chicago and Tokyo (Narita), Bangkok via Tokyo.

Northwest Airlines - Minneapolis, Detroit, Honolulu, Tokyo, Amsterdam.

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