|Quoting Tango-Bravo (Thread starter):|
since Western Airlines had enjoyed a brief monopoly on MSP-LAX/SFO non-stops (from October 1966), was the MSP-SEA non-stop route awarded to WA ~1970 (in competition with NW)
|Quoting Western727 (Reply 2):|
Same question for LAX/SFO-HND.
|Quoting WA707atMSP (Reply 1):|
According to Robert Serling's excellent history of WA, "The Only Way to Fly", WA "did not particularly want" SEA-MSP, probably because WA had no feed on the MSP end of the route.
|Quoting Tango-Bravo (Reply 4):|
Also with regard to WA's SEA-MSP non-stops...not sure if it's fact or anecdote...or somewhere in-between...according to one WA staffer (back in the mid-'70s), one of the reasons given by WA management for dropping the route was that there was no potential for growth -- because the flights were always at or very near 100% load factors...so there was no opportunity to increase pax numbers If true, it sounds to me much more like a lack of gate space and/or aircraft availability issue...or perhaps the then-almighty CAB refusing to allow WA a second frequency on SEA-MSP?
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