as739x
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Alaska Airlines: 28 Canceled ANC/FAI Flights

Sat Jan 14, 2006 9:30 am

Alaska has canceled 28 flights due to the eruption of Mt Augustine. This goes with the ongoing other thread.



ALASKA AIRLINES CANCELS 28 FLIGHTS AS RESULT
OF MT. AUGUSTINE VOLCANO ERUPTION


ANCHORAGE, ALASKA – Alaska Airlines announced it has canceled 28 flights scheduled to

operate this afternoon through Saturday morning as a result of the Mt. Augustine volcano eruption. The airline has canceled flights as a safety precaution related to the possibility of volcanic ash existing at altitude.
Starting at 3 p.m. Alaska time today, the airline will not operate scheduled flights between Anchorage, Alaska, and the following cities: Chicago; Juneau and Kodiak, Alaska; Las Vegas; Los Angeles; Portland, Ore.; and Seattle. In addition, the airline will not operate scheduled flights between Fairbanks and Seattle.

Alaska Airlines expects to resume these flights sometime after 8:30 a.m. Alaska time on Saturday. The airline is monitoring the volcano on a continuous basis and may make additional changes to its flight schedule.
“We recognize these cancellations will significantly impact passengers intending to travel to or

from Alaska,” said Bill MacKay, Alaska’s senior vice president for Alaska. “These decisions are guided by our commitment to safety. We are making every effort to accommodate passengers whose flight schedules have been disrupted.”

Travelers are advised to check the status of flights at alaskaair.com or 1-800-ALASKAAIR. Specific information about making changes to flight itineraries due to these cancellations is available at alaskaair.com.
Alaska Airlines and sister carrier, Horizon Air, together serve 88 cities through an expansive

network throughout Alaska, the Lower 48, Canada and Mexico. For reservations visit alaskaair.com. For more news and information, visit the Alaska Airlines/Horizon Air newsroom at http://newsroom.alaskaair.com.




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[Edited 2006-01-14 01:31:07]
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dinker225
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RE: Alaska Airlines: 28 Canceled ANC/FAI Flights

Sat Jan 14, 2006 1:10 pm

Just found out a friend is stranded in Seattle for the night due to the flight cancellations. Apperently Alaska is putting him up in a hotel for the night though. I wonder why Alaska cancelled all of their flights when other airlines havn't.

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RE: Alaska Airlines: 28 Canceled ANC/FAI Flights

Sat Jan 14, 2006 2:32 pm

Alaska has been through this before. A volcano (maybe the same one) has brought multiple planes in the fleet to a hault before. AS feels its no worth the risk I guess.

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RE: Alaska Airlines: 28 Canceled ANC/FAI Flights

Sat Jan 14, 2006 7:47 pm

Quoting AS739X (Reply 2):
A volcano (maybe the same one) has brought multiple planes in the fleet to a hault before. AS feels its no worth the risk I guess.

I believe that was Mt. Redoubt.
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RE: Alaska Airlines: 28 Canceled ANC/FAI Flights

Sat Jan 14, 2006 9:53 pm

im currently stuck in ORD since last night, I flew in from DCA to catch the ORD-ANC flight. Its a bitch, I am rerouted through ORD-MSP-ANC leaving in 2 hours wish me luck in getting home.
 
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RE: Alaska Airlines: 28 Canceled ANC/FAI Flights

Sun Jan 15, 2006 4:00 am

AS appears to be flying to ANC again this morning. Anchorage center is routing flights quite a ways north-northeast and then bringining them to the southwest again.

Note AS73 between Juneau and Anchorage http://flightaware.com/live/flight/ASA73 Normal routing between JNU-ANC historically takes the flight over Yakatat over to Prince William Sound and then on into ANC.
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RE: Alaska Airlines: 28 Canceled ANC/FAI Flights

Sun Jan 15, 2006 4:18 am

Quoting HikesWithEyes (Reply 3):
I believe that was Mt. Redoubt.

Nope Augustine.

Most of the ash from the eruptions yesterday, which are being described as "Throat Clearing" by the mountain went out over the Barren Islands, although some very stuff light ash was found on cars in Homer.
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RE: Alaska Airlines: 28 Canceled ANC/FAI Flights

Sun Jan 15, 2006 4:38 am

Quoting L-188 (Reply 6):
Nope Augustine.

I guess you're forgetting about this:

http://www.nw.faa.gov/releases/volash.html

Scroll down to the Alaska portion.
Yes, Augustine had a 1986 eruption that affected operations, but
Redout affected operations in 1989, so to say "Nope, Augustine"
isn't entirely correct.
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RE: Alaska Airlines: 28 Canceled ANC/FAI Flights

Sun Jan 15, 2006 4:52 am

Quoting HikesWithEyes (Reply 7):
Yes, Augustine had a 1986 eruption that affected operations, but
Redout affected operations in 1989, so to say "Nope, Augustine"
isn't entirely correct.

Actually I was living Homer during both of those eruptions.

The only one recently that I have missed was the 92 Spurr event, I was in the Army at the time.

Although I do have a copy of a bootleg Boeing Ash avoidence video, and they use ASA's ANC operations during the Redoubt event as a example case on how to operate in proximity with a volcano.
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RE: Alaska Airlines: 28 Canceled ANC/FAI Flights

Sun Jan 15, 2006 6:04 am

Did other major airlines (like CO) cancel flights to Anchorage or elsewhere in Alaska due to this problem?
 
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RE: Alaska Airlines: 28 Canceled ANC/FAI Flights

Sun Jan 15, 2006 6:57 am

Quoting LTBEWR (Reply 9):
Did other major airlines (like CO) cancel flights to Anchorage or elsewhere in Alaska due to this problem?

I don't know about cancellations, but FAI had a few diversions of flights that normally refuel in ANC. Cathay Pacific brought in 2, one of which was a 343. I've never seen a 340 (or any Airbus for that matter) at FAI in the 6.5 years I've lived up here. Also UPS sent a couple planes up here this morning.
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