expressjetphx
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Replacement For AS Inter-Alaska Service?

Mon Sep 15, 2003 1:40 pm

I wanted to get your thoughts on a replacement for Alaska's inter-Alaska services. The CRJ would do well for pax revenue, but cargo and mail is a huge part of their inter-Alaska service. Any thoughts on a viable option?
 
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RE: Replacement For AS Inter-Alaska Service?

Mon Sep 15, 2003 1:50 pm

Doubt it,

I don't think you can land a CRJ on Gravel.

But then again there is only about two strips now that AS serves that actually are gravel.

There really is no replacement out there for the 737-200QC. There isn't enough traffic generally for mainline equiptment.

If AS gets rid of the -200QC's look for them to cut back on their intra-Alaska service and abandon their roots as an airline.
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expressjetphx
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RE: Replacement For AS Inter-Alaska Service?

Mon Sep 15, 2003 2:05 pm

Could AS replace the -200QC with a -400QC or a NG 737 specially equipped for Inter-Alaska operations?
 
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RE: Replacement For AS Inter-Alaska Service?

Mon Sep 15, 2003 2:13 pm

The FAA isn't willing to certify combi aircraft anymore so that wouldn't be an option.
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dutchjet
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RE: Replacement For AS Inter-Alaska Service?

Tue Sep 16, 2003 2:16 am

This is a really interesting topic....there is no aircraft that can replace the 732 on the intra-Alaska routes. Its a combination of factors: the FAA has changed its rules and attitude towards combi aircraft (specifically the dividing bulkhead between the cargo and pax compartments), the lower slung engines on the newer 737s make unimproved runway operations difficult, if not impossible, and regional jets are not the answer because, as you stated, cargo capacity is so important on these "life-line" intra-Alaska routes. There was a reason that Alaska, Wein Consolidated, and Mark Air, all of whom operated intra-Alaksa routes at one time or another, operated the 737-200Combi.

The only solution that may possibly happen is that at some point, Alaska will try to seperate its cargo and pax operations to the subject cities, operating newer 737s (or another type) for passengers and retaining the 732s (or purchasing 733 Frieghers) for cargo operations......as for the unimproved runways, I would think that if commerical airservice was vital to the survival of the community, federal monies would be allocated for improvement of the runway in the future if there was no other reasonable alternative.