I would really like to be as positive about this as I can but I remain baffled by the news that Everts should be among the first operators of the newly converted type. While they do have DC-9 (therefore-jet) experience, they have not logged much time in the type and now, to go to something even larger, with even more questionable suitability in the "Alaska" environment???
Then again, perhaps this is more a "branching-out" measure. Something akin to the kind of service operated by NAC, in the Lower 48.
Pratt & Whitney, In thrust we trust!