What would NWA gain from its own West Region hub that it doesn't already have?
, NWA mainline flies to all major airports and more in the West Region: YVR
), USA - Nevada">LAS
For points the West Region where you won't find a redtail, Northwest's longstanding (since 1989) code-share/frequent flyer agreement with Alaska/Horizon gives them access (through SEA
, and BOI
) to the following airports: YYJ
, YLW, CLM, BLI, EAT, YKM, PSC, PUW, ALW, SUN, LWS, PIH, IDA, BTM, PDT, RDM
, LMT, EUG, MFR
, KTN, WRG, PSG, SIT and JNU. If including Alaska in the West Region, NW
has by far the most extensive coverage of the 49th state of any network airline through its code-share with AS
serving CDV, YAK, DLG, ADQ, AKN, BET, OTZ, OME, BRW, SCC and FAI
In addition, NWA will gain access to even more West Region points through SLC
as their code-share/alliance with Delta develops. NWA also has extensive coverage of California's smaller cities through its code-share with American Eagle at LAX
. Big Sky Airlines covers even more of Montana plus MWH for NWA.
When you add it all up, the only points in the West Region missing from NWA's network when code-share routes are included are a handful of tertiary commercial airports in the states of Nevada, Utah, Arizona, Colorado and New Mexico. No airline, including the Big Three (AA, UA
) covers the West Region to an extent significantly greater than NWA when code-share routes are included.