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Alaska 737-900s

Wed Mar 01, 2000 1:58 am

With the arrival of Alaska's 737-900s, will they expand service to the East coast or possibly to HNL? When will they start recieving their -900s?
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RE: Alaska 737-900s

Wed Mar 01, 2000 3:22 am

The 737-900s will probably be used on higher capacity flights from SEA to ANC and probably down the west coast. I doubt we will see much more service to points east, unless it is with smaller capacity 737-700s, although they need to replace the MD80s before they do too much expanding. I would doubt Alaska ever flying to HNL. Deliveries should commence in early 2001.

RE: Alaska 737-900s

Wed Mar 01, 2000 3:32 am

Why the rush to replace the MD80's? They aren't even 8 years old yet.

Does the 737-900 have the kind of range to do SFO/LAX/SEA-HNL?
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RE: Alaska 737-900s

Wed Mar 01, 2000 4:04 am

Maximum Range for the -900 is 3,159 statute miles (5,084 km)

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RE: Alaska 737-900s

Wed Mar 01, 2000 5:02 am

Alaska has always considered itself to be a north/south
carrier, even with it's new route from Alaska-Chicago, starting in June. More fun speculation is LAX-Belize
City and LAX-San Jose, Costa Rica.
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RE: KLM 777

Wed Mar 01, 2000 6:13 am

The reason they are replacing the MD83s with 737s is for fleet standardization. Now all they need to replace are the 737-200C's!

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RE: Alaska 737-900s

Wed Mar 01, 2000 1:02 pm

What advantage or improvements will the -900 have over the -800. How much longer will it be? It is my understanding that both the 737-800 and the -900 will have the same seating configuration. Why? Is it a range related issue? Just curious. I also was wondering why CO has some -900's on order? They already operate the -800. What role will the 737-900 play in CO's operation? What is really the major difference between these 2 models? Other than the fact, the -900 will have a slightly longer fuselage?
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RE: Alaska 737-900s

Wed Mar 01, 2000 1:10 pm

The -900 has a shorter range then the -800. The real difference, for a passenger, is seating arrangements. More in an -900 with the same comfort levels of a -800. Although they have the same MAXIMUM number of passengers, the -900 will be able to come closer to that while still leaving a little leg room for the passenger.
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RE: Alaska 737-900s

Wed Mar 01, 2000 1:17 pm

Sorry asqx.....Word is that Alaska has the money in the bank in order to buy at least one more 737-200QC......If a QC model ever comes on the open market........They are gavel kitted and that is a nessicary up here in Alaska......Nore of the latter models can be operated from gravel strips......So the -200's will be in Alaska's fleet for a long time to come

Fleet standarization is a big plus but one of the main reasons is that Alaska was spending way too much on De-icing fluid......The MD-80 series is a real ice hog....It was standard practice to deice them when the humidity rose above a certian percentage.......When an airplain climbs to altitude the fuel in the wing tanks cools to the temputure at altitude....When it lands the cold from the fuel radiates through the wing. This causes any moisture in the air to first condense and then freeze to the wing.......Because of the thiner wing skins on the MD-80 is was way more prone to this happening then other aircraft types.......

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