AS really has no need for widebody aircraft, as mentioned above, AS
even considered the 752 too big for their needs. (Do note that way back, Alaska place a order for the 747, 1 firm + 1 option, but this order was cancelled before the aircraft was built or delivered!)
To be honest, I also once thought that AS
could make good use of a 767 size airliner on the busy Seattle-Anchorage route, sometimes AS
flies up to 16 or more flights per day on that route especially during the busy summer tourist season......why not fly 8 or 10 flights per day with 763s? The answer is frequency and flexibility...AS
is better off with smaller aircraft since (1) with smaller aircraft, they can offer more frequent departures as demanded by premium passengers and create more connection possibilities, (2) during the less busy winter season, the SEA
schedule can be cut back to say 10 flights per day and the excess aircraft can be assigned to other routes (think Mexico), and (3) aside from the SEA
really does not fly any other routes that require a 763 size aircraft.
Also, the costs of introducing, maintaining and operating an additional type would be very expensive....especially since AS
would only have a small fleet (say 2 or 3) or larger widebody airliners.
While on paper, the idea of an Alaska widebody may make sense, in practical terms, Alaska is better off staying with its 737s.....one reason why Boeing developed the 737-900 was to offer airlines a large capacity airliner which was part of the 737 family, this way, airlines would not have to step up to the 757.