Horizon and Alaska continue harmonization efforts
Sept. 25, 2003
Horizon/Alaska schedule starting Feb. 15
To better match capacity to demand, Horizon Air and Alaska Airlines are planning more schedule harmonization this winter.
All of the latest changes involve routes from Portland and take effect Feb. 15. Horizon will replace the three flights Alaska is removing -- to Burbank, Ontario and Oakland -- with CRJ-700 aircraft. Alaska will redeploy the aircraft time to other markets, including Seattle-Long Beach. Alaska will still offer two roundtrips per day between Portland-Burbank and Portland-Ontario, and four per day between Portland-Oakland.
The new schedule is expected to be available for sale in CRS (central reservations systems) Sept. 28.
In Portland, all customer service for these flights will be performed by Horizon, while in California the flights will be handled by Alaska customer service agents.
Previous examples of Horizon-Alaska harmonization efforts include Alaska replacing two high-load-factor Horizon flights on the Seattle-Boise route and all Horizon service from Portland to Denver. Similarly, Horizon this year replaced three of Alaska's five Portland-San Francisco flights. And Horizon swapped a Portland-Sacramento flight for an Alaska Portland-San Jose flight to better match capacity with demand on the two routes.
"So far, we're seeing positive results from these initiatives," said Bruce Tecklenburg, director of schedule planning. "For example, in Portland-San Francisco the Horizon/Alaska combination has gained market share on the same number of flights but with less capacity and at much less operating cost. And in Boise-Seattle, the Alaska flights are filling up nicely for market share gains there as well."
The mixing of Alaska and Horizon aircraft to better match capacity to demand has the potential to save some $15 million annually for Alaska Air Group.
This is good news for QX! Hope it works!