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Alaska To Serve SEA-ORD

Fri Feb 06, 2004 7:23 am

SEATTLE, Feb. 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Alaska Airlines today announced that it will begin twice daily service from Seattle to The Windy City starting April 26.

To kickoff the new service, Alaska will offer an introductory fare of $79 each way between the cities and will operate Boeing 737 aircraft on the route. Flight 20 will depart Seattle at 8:45 a.m. and arrive at Chicago O'Hare International Airport at 2:38 p.m. Flight 22 will depart Seattle at 4:00 p.m. arriving at 9:42 p.m. Returning flights from Chicago will depart at 8:15 a.m. and 3:50 p.m. arriving in Seattle at 10:46 a.m. and 6:26 p.m. respectively.

The flights are timed for easy connections from Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air points throughout the Pacific Northwest, Canada and Alaska. Additionally, travelers will have access to 68 cities beyond Chicago through Alaska's codeshare partnership with American Airlines.

"We are pleased to offer Seattle-Chicago not only to our existing customers, but also to Chicago-area travelers heading to the Pacific Northwest," said Gregg Saretsky, Alaska's executive vice president of marketing and planning. "This is a natural growth point for us, and builds on our east-west strategy utilizing our Seattle hub."

Since launching its first eastern market more than two years ago, Alaska has expanded by connecting Seattle with its customers' favorite destinations to the east. Alaska Airlines currently serves Chicago with one daily flight from Anchorage.

All flights to and from Chicago will be equipped with Alaska's recently launched digEplayer inflight entertainment system. The state-of-the-art system gives Alaska's customers the choice of up to 20 full-length features including first run movies and Television shows.

A business powerhouse and one of the busiest air travel markets in the world, Chicago is also home to Wrigley Field, the Sears Tower and the Museum of Science & Industry.

The nation's ninth largest carrier, Alaska Airlines was named 2003 Technology Leader of the Year by Air Transport World Magazine. Alaska and its sister carrier, Horizon Air, together serve 80 cities in Alaska, the Lower 48, Canada and Mexico. For reservations visit www.alaskaair.com. For more news and information, visit the Alaska Airlines Newsroom on the Internet at http://newsroom.alaskaair.com.
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Hmmm. That was somewhat unexpected. At least by me. But it makes sense.

[Edited 2004-02-05 23:25:33]
 
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RE: Alaska To Serve SEA-ORD

Fri Feb 06, 2004 8:48 am

Good news for AS and ORD! Is this perhaps the first fruit of the impending expanded AS-AA codeshare?

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RE: Alaska To Serve SEA-ORD

Fri Feb 06, 2004 8:53 am

What happen to the other post on this topic?? It had like 24 replies already??
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RE: Alaska To Serve SEA-ORD

Fri Feb 06, 2004 8:57 am

That ticked me off! My post had WAY more replies and discussions going on!  Big grin

Here's the digEplayer again, for those who don't know what it is:



digEplayer 5500
Self contained, encrypted/secure video, audio and games refreshed every 30 to 60 days:

  • 20-30 full length movies; early release, classics

  • Cartoons, sitcoms, games, business seminars, language courses Many hours of digital quality music and/or music video

  • Airline route maps, airport maps, destination and travel information

  • Airline advertising and revenue; 30 second spots and fixed ads

  • Destination advertising; menu driven; hotels, restaurants, entertainment

  • Promotion of airline's own travel packages, spots, featurettes, ads.

  • A self-contained system. Carried on board or flight attendant hands out.


  • 6+ hour computer battery or run off seat AC or DC power

  • Compact - 12 units and 12 extra batteries in one under seat case

  • Weighs 2.4 pounds with battery 48 units = 115 pounds

  • Can save more than 2,000 pounds over an installed system

  • 2,000 pounds saved = approx $80,000 fuel/year
  • Don't have to haul IFE weight on empty or short flights

  • "In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem - government IS the problem." - Ronald Reagan

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    RE: Alaska To Serve SEA-ORD

    Fri Feb 06, 2004 9:03 am

    I agree, great post running. What happen to it???
    You mad Bro???
     
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    RE: Alaska To Serve SEA-ORD

    Fri Feb 06, 2004 9:04 am

    I was in mid-reply when it said it had been deleted. Hmmm. My post must be cooler.

    Anywho, I liked the DigEPlayer but it has some issues. Such as space. It becomes difficult when eating or getting up. Also turbulence can abruptly or slowly cause them to slide off. The guy next to me had his fall into his omlette. Oops.

    But most of the information from above is not on them. At least not yet.

    But they do offer a great selection for movie entertainment and music.
     
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    RE: Alaska To Serve SEA-ORD

    Fri Feb 06, 2004 9:27 am

    Well it will still be interesting to see the fall-out of AS serving SEA-ORD. I still put my money on UA cutting back service in response to it.

    WN is a rock!! If they could only find a way to make MDW-SEA NON-STOP like it is planned instead of ALWAYS having to stop in Omaha to get more fuel due to the flight being PACKED!!

    TZ is adding capacity switching the 738's to 752's on one or two flights!!

    AA, well AA/AS should hold them steady!!

    AS, well AS will do well do to the HUGE faithful following they have here!!

    UA......oh UA......Lets see what happens here!!
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    RE: Alaska To Serve SEA-ORD

    Fri Feb 06, 2004 9:28 am

    Finally! Glad to hear it's happening!

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    RE: Alaska To Serve SEA-ORD

    Fri Feb 06, 2004 9:44 am

    Hmmm. My post must be cooler.

    Them's fightin' words, junior! LOL  Big grin
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    RE: Alaska To Serve SEA-ORD

    Fri Feb 06, 2004 9:49 am

    Will AS operate out of T3 with AA? And it is it at all possible that AS might join OneWorld because AA is one of the only "legacy" carriers without a close domestic partner.

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    RE: Alaska To Serve SEA-ORD

    Fri Feb 06, 2004 9:59 am

    yea im sure they will stay in T3. I believe their gate is the first one in one of the councourses in the Terminal. Their gate is right accross from Iberias
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    RE: Alaska To Serve SEA-ORD

    Fri Feb 06, 2004 11:08 am

    I doubt UA will cut service, AS is moving into UA territory, territory that's not going to be given up very easily.
     
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    RE: Alaska To Serve SEA-ORD

    Fri Feb 06, 2004 11:19 am

    Wot a boring topic. But i Am a brit afterall.
     
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    RE: Alaska To Serve SEA-ORD

    Fri Feb 06, 2004 12:26 pm

    Yes Alaska uses T3 at ORD. Alaska was using gate L2 but switched awhile back to L4...

    Very unexpected announcement, but a great addition...
    -R
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    RE: Alaska To Serve SEA-ORD

    Fri Feb 06, 2004 1:17 pm

    Why is Seattle-Chicago such a hot market. How many daily flights are there between United, American, ATA & Southwest? That with Alaska Airlines now serving one city is a lot of airlines. Also isn't it better for AS to fly to MDW to better compete with ATA & Soutwest?

    Anyways once again, I am glad to see Seattle's hometown carrier expanding to more cities in the east.

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    RE: Alaska To Serve SEA-ORD

    Fri Feb 06, 2004 1:24 pm

    Im sure UA is going to be pretty mad now that AS is flying SEA-ORD non-stop with 73G or 734s. Lets see how UA reacts to the announcement, maybe they'll shrug it off, who knows. Im rooting AS!!
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    RE: Alaska To Serve SEA-ORD

    Fri Feb 06, 2004 1:40 pm

    Serving Midway would not be a good idea. ORD was in part selected because of the AA codeshare. There are no such opportunities at MDW.
     
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    RE: Alaska To Serve SEA-ORD

    Fri Feb 06, 2004 1:47 pm

    I doubt if anyone at UA is quaking in there boots....competition is competition. suring the summer, UA usually builds up to 9-10 trips a day...believe today the number is 7. I don't think you'll see any change there.
     
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    RE: Alaska To Serve SEA-ORD

    Fri Feb 06, 2004 1:51 pm

    Someone mentioned WN has issues making SEA/MDW with a full boat? Can you elaborate on this? Sabre is showing this to be op'd by a 737-400, wonder if any weight restrictions will fall on this. Only 1700 miles, doesn't seem to bad. Any chance we will see the MDs put on this route like AA does?

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    RE: Alaska To Serve SEA-ORD

    Fri Feb 06, 2004 1:53 pm

    FWIW, ProAir flew a B734 from MDW-SEA. US flew B734 from IND-LAX.
     
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    RE: Alaska To Serve SEA-ORD

    Sat Feb 07, 2004 12:55 am

    wot a boring topic. But i Am a brit afterall.

    So am I, but I'm interested....then again, I do work for Horizon...

    Good to see our Big Sister add this route, I'm sure it'll gain popularity fast and require a third round-trip.

    EA CO AS, do you know if as non-revs we can call and pay the fee to reserve one of those players or do we need to hope one is available onboard only?

    Cheers!
     
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    RE: Alaska To Serve SEA-ORD

    Sat Feb 07, 2004 3:24 am

    WN flies 737-700's MDW-SEA.

    The evening flight is almost always sold out so it makes a habit of stopping in Omaha due to weight restrictions out of MDW.

    Nice problem to have if you are WN  Smile/happy/getting dizzy
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    RE: Alaska To Serve SEA-ORD

    Sat Feb 07, 2004 4:51 am

    EA CO AS, do you know if as non-revs we can call and pay the fee to reserve one of those players or do we need to hope one is available onboard only?

    I don't know offhand, but I'll find out for you!

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    RE: Alaska To Serve SEA-ORD

    Sat Feb 07, 2004 5:55 am

    Ithankya!

    I'll be trying out the cross country flights this summer when me favourite football (English that is) team come over on tour...

    (NOT REFERRING TO MAN UNITED FOR THOSE EUROPEANS READING...)

    Anyway, not sure how long the kids'll sit still without something to do on the plane!  Smile

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