An interesting discussion!
It doesn't surprise me that the PDX
fans feel robbed that PDX
isn't being considered. But...why would it? UA
has OWNED that route for a long time now. Oregon's congressional delegation (I believe Sen. Packwood and Hatfield at that time) pushed UA
hard to start the service, and only after several years did UA
finally start a summer seasonal, with a DC-8 I think it was. It did so well, it actually surpassed PDX
as United's most profitable flight to/from PDX
eventually made it a year round flight, and within the past 5 years, UA
has added a *2nd* PDX
nonstop for the summer months. One leaves at about 8:30am, the other around 12:30pm. At one point UA
used 752's on the route, but I believe the flights are now A319/A320.
I don't have a crystal ball, but if for some reason UA
were to reduce/eliminate the PDX
route purely out of necessity, AS
would apply for that route at the drop of a hat, becuause it would allow them to further increase their market share at PDX
But for now, UA
has the PDX
-Wash. DC market cornered, and the competition knows that fact very well. AS
isn't stupid, give them more credit. Given the current state of things, only B6
would probably consider it, but they don't even serve PDX
to begin with.
Alaska's doing the right thing...they started serving the east coast in Sept. 2001 by getting the SEA
route, and unexpectedly ended up with authority to IAD
, too, given the 9/11 & DCA
closure. I would look for them to start service to some more east coast cities, especially PHL
given the US situation, and a few more on top of that. Once successful, then they'll look to increase LAX
and then PDX
BOTTOM LINE: simple market economics! If you can make $100 on one route, but $150 on another with the same exact plane, which would you choose? If you chose the latter, proceed on to business school...
And the winner for best actress is....REESE WITHERSPOON for 'Walk the Line'!!!!!!!!