Sorry if this is off-topic, but I thought I might as well ask...
Now that Alaska is down to 27 MD
-80s (compared to 40 734s), does it makes sense to have the MD
-80s so "spread out" throughout their system? Currently MD
-80s currently serve all four of Alaska's hubs (SEA
). For scheduling purposes (I assume), AS
has usually served most routes with a mix of 734s and MD
-80s (with 73Gs and 739s coming on the line in recent years). But, with the number of MD
-80s dwindling, perhaps AS
might consider consolidating them to just SEA
At an airport such as PDX
, they currently have three aircraft types...MD
-80, 734, and 73G. Why not make it two? After all, AS
only sees about 40 departures daily out of PDX
(they don't even have a pilot base), and the MD
-80 and 734 have basically the same seating capacity. It seems AS
could improve operational reliability and streamline line maintenance out of PDX
if they would stick to flying 734s and 73Gs in/out.
As far as ANC
is concerned, they only receive a few MD
-80s at this point anyway, and since the MD
-80s are more prone to icing than the 737s, I can't see the point in continuing to fly MD
during the winter. Again, just one less aircraft type to deal with.
Just my two cents. Maybe someone more knowledgeable with AS
than I am could comment...