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AS To Start PDX-ATL And PDX-DFW

Thu May 02, 2013 1:26 pm

Just received a press release from AS announcing service starting Aug 26 for PDX-ATL and Sep 16 for PDX-DFW

Flight Times as follows:


PDX-ATL 9:50AM - 5:35PM daily
ATL-PDX 5:10PM - 7:30PM daily

PDX-DFW 10:15AM - 4:04PM daily
DFW-PDX 5:00PM - 6:59PM daily
 
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RE: AS To Start PDX-ATL And PDX-DFW

Thu May 02, 2013 1:27 pm

 
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RE: AS To Start PDX-ATL And PDX-DFW

Thu May 02, 2013 1:30 pm

Interesting that AS seems to be ceding some SEA markets to DL while picking up the slack at PDX. I wonder if the day will come that AS is pushed out enough from SEA that PDX becomes just as large a station for them.
 
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RE: AS To Start PDX-ATL And PDX-DFW

Thu May 02, 2013 1:49 pm

Starting at the end of the peak is aggressive. This might have been better as a May 2014 start.

Quoting HPRamper (Reply 2):
Interesting that AS seems to be ceding some SEA markets to DL while picking up the slack at PDX

What exactly is AS ceding in SEA to DL? AS isn't ceding anything. This is further growth opportunities now that SEA is getting maxed out and they still have planes on delivery.

Quoting HPRamper (Reply 2):
wonder if the day will come that AS is pushed out enough from SEA that PDX becomes just as large a station for them.

NO, that will never happen.


The schedule is interesting. Doesn't AS already have a plane on the ground in ATL at the same time? Probably no big deal since they contract their ground ops anyway. Obviously the SEA-ATL plane turns to ATL-PDX and vice versa cuz 25 min turn is too short. In the winter I can see a schedule change for PDX cuz they will need less capacity on ATL-PDX than on ATL-SEA. So a 73G offpeak for PDX and 738 for SEA.
 
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RE: AS To Start PDX-ATL And PDX-DFW

Thu May 02, 2013 1:56 pm

Quoting bobloblaw (Reply 3):
What exactly is AS ceding in SEA to DL? AS isn't ceding anything. This is further growth opportunities now that SEA is getting maxed out and they still have planes on delivery.

I was referring specifically to SEA-ATL being dropped a frequency on AS metal and ostensibly being picked up by DL. This isn't the first time DL has started a SEA route only to see AS drop frequency, or simply not respond.
 
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RE: AS To Start PDX-ATL And PDX-DFW

Thu May 02, 2013 2:03 pm

Quoting HPRamper (Reply 4):
was referring specifically to SEA-ATL being dropped a frequency on AS metal and ostensibly being picked up by DL. This isn't the first time DL has started a SEA route only to see AS drop frequency, or simply not respond.

Could be seasonal. When AS started SEA-ATL they didn't have the red eye, just the day turn. They could have found the red eye didn't work so well this past winter.

BTW a quick check. I am showing ATL-SEA at 2xdaily at least through November. Where do you see the pull down that in my opinion would be no big deal anyways.
 
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RE: AS To Start PDX-ATL And PDX-DFW

Thu May 02, 2013 2:07 pm

It'll be interesting if there will be impact to NK's PDX-DFW

Quoting bobloblaw (Reply 3):
The schedule is interesting. Doesn't AS already have a plane on the ground in ATL at the same time? Probably no big deal since they contract their ground ops anyway. Obviously the SEA-ATL plane turns to ATL-PDX and vice versa cuz 25 min turn is too short. In the winter I can see a schedule change for PDX cuz they will need less capacity on ATL-PDX than on ATL-SEA. So a 73G offpeak for PDX and 738 for SEA.

AS parks at the north end of the B concourse at ATL. The timing is perfect because it's aligned with the last or near-last round of the DL connections. Is AS removing the SEA-ATL redeye?

I would like to see what kind of impact AS will have on NK loads on the PDX-DFW run.
 
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RE: AS To Start PDX-ATL And PDX-DFW

Thu May 02, 2013 2:11 pm

Quoting wedgetail737 (Reply 6):
Is AS removing the SEA-ATL redeye?

At least thru Nov, it doesn't look like it. Jan-Mar wouldn't surprise me. It would be among the most marginal flights based on seasonality, economy and fuel prices.
 
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RE: AS To Start PDX-ATL And PDX-DFW

Thu May 02, 2013 2:44 pm

Quoting HPRamper (Reply 2):

That will never happen. AS is king at SEA. They are expanding else where simply because they can't have all of their eggs in one basket and SEA can only grow so much. These routes from PDX will do well for AS.
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RE: AS To Start PDX-ATL And PDX-DFW

Thu May 02, 2013 2:53 pm

Interesting. Neither would have been my first guess for "connect the dots" new destinations from PDX. I would have guessed EWR and maybe FLL before ATL and DFW.

So that makes recent new PDX announced service to ATL, DFW, FAI, ORD and LIH. DEN and MCO have been discontinued, along with the short lived PVR and SJD.

What's next for PDX (and SEA for that matter) on AS?
 
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RE: AS To Start PDX-ATL And PDX-DFW

Thu May 02, 2013 2:57 pm

More good news of added service at PDX. Keep it coming!   
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RE: AS To Start PDX-ATL And PDX-DFW

Thu May 02, 2013 2:58 pm

I am so excited to get three Smiling Eskimo tails in ATL. I NEVER thought I would see the day! AS often will swap planes in ATL and they ferry to their mtc base in GSO.
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RE: AS To Start PDX-ATL And PDX-DFW

Thu May 02, 2013 3:00 pm

Quoting bobloblaw (Reply 3):
The schedule is interesting. Doesn't AS already have a plane on the ground in ATL at the same time? Probably no big deal since they contract their ground ops anyway. Obviously the SEA-ATL plane turns to ATL-PDX and vice versa cuz 25 min turn is too short. In the winter I can see a schedule change for PDX cuz they will need less capacity on ATL-PDX than on ATL-SEA. So a 73G offpeak for PDX and 738 for SEA.



ATL-PDX actually departs (5:10) BEFORE PDX-ATL arrives (5:35). So they still only need one gate (assuming flights are on time, and PDX-ATL doesn't arrive too early).
 
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RE: AS To Start PDX-ATL And PDX-DFW

Thu May 02, 2013 3:03 pm

Quoting HPRamper (Reply 4):
I was referring specifically to SEA-ATL being dropped a frequency on AS metal and ostensibly being picked up by DL. This isn't the first time DL has started a SEA route only to see AS drop frequency, or simply not respond.

SEA-ATL redeye is in the system through March 2014...it's apparently not going anywhere. Two flights daily SEA-ATL
 
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RE: AS To Start PDX-ATL And PDX-DFW

Thu May 02, 2013 3:08 pm

One SEA flight is being cut. From the press release:

Quote:
The Portland-Atlanta flight will replace one of the two scheduled Seattle-Atlanta flights, which the carrier will reduce to one daily flight starting Aug. 26.

I think PDX is a great fit for these additions. For those AS customers who aren't o/d in SEA, PDX is just as good if not better IMO as a connecting airport. Depending on the day, the evening arrivals in PDX can connect to ANC, FAI, SEA, GEG, SAN, LAX, EUG, YVR, LAS, BOI, etc.

[Edited 2013-05-02 08:13:47]
 
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RE: AS To Start PDX-ATL And PDX-DFW

Thu May 02, 2013 3:24 pm

Great news for PDX! Creative use of some of the a/c after the summer rush is over. It does look as though, based on the OAG-thread this week, there will be lots of shifts in frequency/capacity this fall from last year -- mostly to the positive for PDX, even without these adds! AS does seem to be pouring it on at PDX right now and that's nice to see.

This year does seem to be quite a nice one for the Rose City, with many new routes from a few carriers. My assumption is that pax traffic will be up significantly for 2013.

I'm just curious if any of our AS friends out there know whether AS is still returning 6 a/c this year or if they've changed their minds and are using some of them for these, and other, adds? I know there are lots of cuts in late August but does that usual seasonal adjustment create enough slack for this type of growth or are more planes needed? After all, both of these new PDX-routes will require the majority of one frame each per day...

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RE: AS To Start PDX-ATL And PDX-DFW

Thu May 02, 2013 3:37 pm

I think it's interesting that AS has picked DFW as a new link to PDX when they partner with AA who has 4 daily PDX-DFW flights. Now at DFW it looks like AS will have 3x daily flights to SEA and 1x daily flight to PDX. I wonder if AS will grow more at DFW and add a SAN flight or something.
 
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RE: AS To Start PDX-ATL And PDX-DFW

Thu May 02, 2013 3:48 pm

This is awesome news for both Portland and Alaska!
 
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RE: AS To Start PDX-ATL And PDX-DFW

Thu May 02, 2013 3:48 pm

Quoting HPRamper (Reply 4):
I was referring specifically to SEA-ATL being dropped a frequency on AS metal and ostensibly being picked up by DL. This isn't the first time DL has started a SEA route only to see AS drop frequency, or simply not respond
Quoting HiFlyerAS (Reply 13):
SEA-ATL redeye is in the system through March 2014...it's apparently not going anywhere. Two flights daily SEA-ATL.

The press release specifically mentions the dropping of one of the SEA-ATL flights:

Quote:
The Portland-Atlanta flight will replace one of the two scheduled Seattle-Atlanta flights, which the carrier will reduce to one daily flight starting Aug. 26.

(This also helps answer one of my questions in my earlier post...)

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RE: AS To Start PDX-ATL And PDX-DFW

Thu May 02, 2013 5:25 pm

Quoting kbmiflyer (Reply 12):
ATL-PDX actually departs (5:10) BEFORE PDX-ATL arrives (5:35). So they still only need one gate (assuming flights are on time, and PDX-ATL doesn't arrive too early).

Push comes to shove they will just use B31 and B33. That's what they did in the past when two AS frames were on the ground at the same time for whatever reason. DL can spare the 2 gates they normally shift flights AROUND the AS turns so that they get priority use of B31 (33 in this case if it needs to happen).
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RE: AS To Start PDX-ATL And PDX-DFW

Thu May 02, 2013 5:27 pm

Quoting SANFan (Reply 18):
The press release specifically mentions the dropping of one of the SEA-ATL flights

Thanks SANFan....saw that after my post. Guess they haven't taken the red-eye SEA-ATL out of the system yet. Bummer
 
 
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RE: AS To Start PDX-ATL And PDX-DFW

Thu May 02, 2013 5:29 pm

Quoting rgreenftm (Thread starter):


Just received a press release from AS announcing service starting Aug 26 for PDX-ATL and Sep 16 for PDX-DFW

That's a bit of a strategic change for them. Can't remember the last time they added long domestic (non-Hawaii) markets from PDX.
 
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RE: AS To Start PDX-ATL And PDX-DFW

Thu May 02, 2013 5:35 pm

Quoting SANFan (Reply 18):
The press release specifically mentions the dropping of one of the SEA-ATL flights:

Makes me wonder which flight they will pull or they may re-time the remaining SEA-ATL all together. The red-eye is great for pax connecting to LatAm and the Caribbean that all pushes during the morning hours. The afternoon turn is perfect for TATL.
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RE: AS To Start PDX-ATL And PDX-DFW

Thu May 02, 2013 5:40 pm

Quoting enilria (Reply 21):
That's a bit of a strategic change for them. Can't remember the last time they added long domestic (non-Hawaii) markets from PDX.
ORD, BOS, FAI and MCO (discontinued later).

DCA too.

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RE: AS To Start PDX-ATL And PDX-DFW

Thu May 02, 2013 6:13 pm

Very interesting. AS will definitely straddle the fence between NK and AA on DFWPDX, but I discovered recently that the Spirit flight runs seasonally.

Good luck to AS on these routes, I think the ATL flight is a bit more obscure, but still cool nonetheless.
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RE: AS To Start PDX-ATL And PDX-DFW

Thu May 02, 2013 6:24 pm

Quoting bobloblaw (Reply 3):
Obviously the SEA-ATL plane turns to ATL-PDX and vice versa cuz 25 min turn is too short.
Quoting FlyASAGuy2005 (Reply 22):
Makes me wonder which flight they will pull or they may re-time the remaining SEA-ATL all together.

As has been mentioned, the SEA-ATL-SEA and the PDX-ATL-PDX flights will turn to each other according to the published times of the new PDX flights (since the PDX-ATL flight arrives after the ATL-PDX flight departs.) So it appears to be the red-eye between SEA and ATL that will be cut (and that business turned over to DL.)

Nothing was mentioned in the p r about any AS SEA-DFW flights being re-born as the PDX-DFW flight so I assume there will be no cuts on the SEA-DFW route (by AS.) As to how AA and NK react, that might be interesting. (AFAIK the Spirit r/t between PDX and DFW has been seasonal recently so might that change?)

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RE: AS To Start PDX-ATL And PDX-DFW

Thu May 02, 2013 6:32 pm

Regarding ATL-PDX, did FL ever attempt this route? Also, would this be an attractive route for WN? It appears that WN's easternmost nonstop from PDX is MDW.
 
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RE: AS To Start PDX-ATL And PDX-DFW

Thu May 02, 2013 6:48 pm

Quoting BDL757 (Reply 16):
Now at DFW it looks like AS will have 3x daily flights to SEA and 1x daily flight to PDX

I believe they dropped the 3rd flight for the winter and never added it back. Not sure if that is ever coming back. The previous winter when this flight was reduced, it came back in summer. I miss being able to leave on the early morning out of DFW and returning on the last arrival at night. I really hope they bring that flight back - those were the flights I used to take on my trips to SEA for work.
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Thu May 02, 2013 6:49 pm

Quoting BNAOWB (Reply 26):
Regarding ATL-PDX, did FL ever attempt this route? Also, would this be an attractive route for WN? It appears that WN's easternmost nonstop from PDX is MDW.

No ,AirTran has never tried the PDX waters. As for WN, they'd have to wait until 10/14 at earliest to do a PDX-DAL trip. I personally do not think that they will. I think a PDX-HOU would come before a DAL nonstop.
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RE: AS To Start PDX-ATL And PDX-DFW

Thu May 02, 2013 6:49 pm

Not to sound greedy but hoping SEA sees a little love on the fall schedule! Seems like SAN and PDX are getting all the love and attention lately!  

It's been awhile since a new market (as opposed to connecting existing dots) has been launched. Still hoping to see SEA-DTW, MSY, BWI, JFK, RDU, CLT, OMA, ITC, ABQ, .....
 
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RE: AS To Start PDX-ATL And PDX-DFW

Thu May 02, 2013 7:55 pm

Quoting BNAOWB (Reply 26):
Regarding ATL-PDX, did FL ever attempt this route? Also, would this be an attractive route for WN? It appears that WN's easternmost nonstop from PDX is MDW.

I'd expect other adds from stronger WN stations on the west coast to ATL before PDX. PDX in and of itself is a seasonal station to some degree. It isn't even flown year-round on Delta ex-DTW.
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RE: AS To Start PDX-ATL And PDX-DFW

Thu May 02, 2013 7:55 pm

Quoting HiFlyerAS (Reply 29):
It's been awhile since a new market (as opposed to connecting existing dots) has been launched.

PHL, SAT, SLC, MCI are all fairly recent new markets. But yeah, it will be interesting to see what's next. RDU maybe?


Quoting HiFlyerAS (Reply 29):
Seems like SAN and PDX are getting all the love and attention lately!

SJC isn't getting much love lately either. Hopefully AS will start building up SJC again.
 
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RE: AS To Start PDX-ATL And PDX-DFW

Thu May 02, 2013 7:56 pm

Quoting HiFlyerAS (Reply 29):

SEA-SLC was started last month, SEA-PHL was less than a year ago I believe, I lose track of time.
 
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RE: AS To Start PDX-ATL And PDX-DFW

Thu May 02, 2013 8:44 pm

Quoting HiFlyerAS (Reply 29):
It's been awhile since a new market (as opposed to connecting existing dots) has been launched. Still hoping to see SEA-DTW, MSY, BWI, JFK, RDU, CLT, OMA, ITC, ABQ, .....

Forgot about SLC...seems like it should have been added so many years ago that by the time service started it was old news! LOL

Yes, PHL was about a year ago but everything else (AUS, MCI, SAT) has been around a good while. I'd also love to see a 2nd SEA-IAH flight...can't believe they haven't done that but it seems that they're not so interested in local boards in IAH.
 
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RE: AS To Start PDX-ATL And PDX-DFW

Thu May 02, 2013 8:52 pm

Quoting HiFlyerAS (Reply 33):
I'd also love to see a 2nd SEA-IAH flight...can't believe they haven't done that but it seems that they're not so interested in local boards in IAH.

Didn't some people say that IAH is one of AS's weaker flights? I remember that being posted. Is that still true?
 
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RE: AS To Start PDX-ATL And PDX-DFW

Thu May 02, 2013 9:20 pm

Quoting HiFlyerAS (Reply 29):

I think CLT would be a great addition. A one daily flight of a 738 would seem good to me

Thoughts?
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RE: AS To Start PDX-ATL And PDX-DFW

Thu May 02, 2013 9:29 pm

Quoting HiFlyerAS (Reply 29):
Seems like SAN and PDX are getting all the love and attention lately.


Yeah, that's a bummer isn't it?! You know how I hate to see that happening...  

But seriously, I think the really ripe low hanging fruit from SEA has been pretty will gathered by now. Cities mentioned as potential new routes from SEA/TAC may include a few possibilities (like DTW) but I'd bet that most of the rest have pretty low traffic figures, doubtfully enough to support even a single daily year-round flight, OR already have a lot of competition (such as JFK.) If and when I get a chance, I'll check the DOT figures and see what things look like. (For example, I did recently check MSY and the average PDEW for SEA-MSY for 2011 was right around 124. Even with connecting traffic over SEA, that's a pretty thin route.) Just wondering out loud here.

Final thought (for this post anyway.) Is it possible that PDX-ATL might at least partially be the next round of the recent on-going sniggling going on between AS and DL that's been discussed quite a bit so far this year? Since AS appears to be giving ground to DL a bit on the SEA-ATL run, maybe I'm wrong but AS is definitely venturing into a DL-only market here (PDX-ATL...)

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RE: AS To Start PDX-ATL And PDX-DFW

Thu May 02, 2013 11:05 pm

Quoting HPRamper (Reply 2):
I wonder if the day will come that AS is pushed out enough from SEA that PDX becomes just as large a station for them.

Seattle market is many times larger than PDX. Can't happen.
 
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RE: AS To Start PDX-ATL And PDX-DFW

Fri May 03, 2013 3:48 am

Quoting HiFlyerAS (Reply 33):
Forgot about SLC...seems like it should have been added so many years ago that by the time service started it was old news! LOL

Wonder if AS may also add PDX-SLC
 
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RE: AS To Start PDX-ATL And PDX-DFW

Fri May 03, 2013 4:27 am

I would love to see AS at MKE to either SEA or PDX. But I think PDX has a better chance than SEA does because of n/s flight by WN and direct service by DL    Yes, I know I'm dreaming....
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RE: AS To Start PDX-ATL And PDX-DFW

Fri May 03, 2013 4:57 am

Quoting YXwatcherMKE (Reply 39):
I would love to see AS at MKE to either SEA or PDX. But I think PDX has a better chance than SEA does because of n/s flight by WN and direct service by DL. Yes, I know I'm dreaming....

When was the last time that AS mainline served a market from PDX and not SEA? If they did, I'm sure it would be SEA-MKE first.
 
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RE: AS To Start PDX-ATL And PDX-DFW

Fri May 03, 2013 5:29 am

Quoting wedgetail737 (Reply 6):
I would like to see what kind of impact AS will have on NK loads on the PDX-DFW run



AS will capture the many, many loyal AS fliers from the Portland area, and attract some loyal AA fliers from Dallas, since AS will have the better equipment and IMO, service between AA and AS.

Quoting BoeingGuy (Reply 9):
Interesting. Neither would have been my first guess for "connect the dots" new destinations from PDX. I would have guessed EWR and maybe FLL before ATL and DFW.



Me neither, I would have expected the same exact places you mentioned. But it does look like AS is nesting quite well with both DL and AA in their respective largest hubs.

Quoting md3 (Reply 14):
I think PDX is a great fit for these additions. For those AS customers who aren't o/d in SEA, PDX is just as good if not better IMO as a connecting airport. Depending on the day, the evening arrivals in PDX can connect to ANC, FAI, SEA, GEG, SAN, LAX, EUG, YVR, LAS, BOI, etc.



I 100% agree, PDX is a much more civilized place to connect on AS, vs SEA. PDX is a smaller facility, the gates are more in the same area here at PDX than at SEA. The stores and food options are better in PDX as well. Only down side is the AS boardroom here is not as nice as the one in SEA, IMO.

Quoting SANFan (Reply 15):
This year does seem to be quite a nice one for the Rose City, with many new routes from a few carriers. My assumption is that pax traffic will be up significantly for 2013.



Hey B.. You know there was just a news story on today, that Portland's housing market is one of the hottest in the country, with homes selling within hours of going on the market. This is a definite indicator that our economy here in the Rose City is rebounding pretty well. I think AS sees these trends and connecting the dots is just another good way of solidifying themselves in this market.

I also think an increasing number of Portland based travellers are tired of having to connect in SEA for everything. Time was in the past that many carriers that flew to Portland did it as a tag from SEA or as a connection, same thing in SAN IIRC. As we have had more non-stop options as of late, there is a certain annoyance of having a SEA connection, it's irritating me for my next trip to Kona, so I believe AS is hopefully easing the bottlenecks during peak times in SEA by offering connections and O/D traffic via PDX.

Quoting BDL757 (Reply 16):
I think it's interesting that AS has picked DFW as a new link to PDX when they partner with AA who has 4 daily PDX-DFW flights.



All I can say is, what would you rather fly in for nearly 4 hours? A 20+ year old M80, or a newer model 737-800? Let's hope AA takes the clue, and upgauges the DFW-PDX-DFW route (currently AAs longest M80 route still operating) to their 737-800's like they are going to use on the newly announced ORD-PDX-ORD route.

Quoting enilria (Reply 21):
That's a bit of a strategic change for them. Can't remember the last time they added long domestic (non-Hawaii) markets from PDX.
Quoting SANFan (Reply 36):
Yeah, that's a bummer isn't it?! You know how I hate to see that happening...



Yeah, me too!  
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RE: AS To Start PDX-ATL And PDX-DFW

Fri May 03, 2013 11:47 am

I don't find much difference between the equipment types, and to be quite honest, from a passenger perspective, I'd rather be on the 80 with it's five abreast seating, and wider aisle, then in a crammed 737-800.
 
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RE: AS To Start PDX-ATL And PDX-DFW

Fri May 03, 2013 2:02 pm

Quoting flyboy80 (Reply 42):
I don't find much difference between the equipment types, and to be quite honest, from a passenger perspective, I'd rather be on the 80 with it's five abreast seating, and wider aisle, then in a crammed 737-800.

If I had a choice I would never choose a MD80 model but to each his own. Those noisy, tired AA Super80's are no spring chickens (mechanical delays). Good luck as well finding room for your carry-on bag in those 25yo overhead bins.
 
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RE: AS To Start PDX-ATL And PDX-DFW

Fri May 03, 2013 2:11 pm

Quoting HiFlyerAS (Reply 29):


I think CLT would be a great addition. A one daily flight of a 738 would seem good to me

Thoughts?


When US and AA get their schedules together and AS fliers will be able to expand their code shares onto US/AA flights in PHX, PHL and CLT - I think anything could happen, but I think we'd see CLT-SEA before PDX.
 
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RE: AS To Start PDX-ATL And PDX-DFW

Fri May 03, 2013 2:12 pm

My ranking as far as comfort has always been the 88 ahead of the 737s (for Delta). Factoring in the front cabin, the 88 makes out like a bandit IMO. Extremely quiet, more personal space, etc. just my observations after dozens of flights on both types last year.
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RE: AS To Start PDX-ATL And PDX-DFW

Fri May 03, 2013 2:24 pm

Quoting RWA380 (Reply 41):
I 100% agree, PDX is a much more civilized place to connect on AS, vs SEA. PDX is a smaller facility, the gates are more in the same area here at PDX than at SEA. The stores and food options are better in PDX as well. Only down side is the AS boardroom here is not as nice as the one in SEA, IMO.
Quoting RWA380 (Reply 41):
I also think an increasing number of Portland based travellers are tired of having to connect in SEA for everything. Time was in the past that many carriers that flew to Portland did it as a tag from SEA or as a connection, same thing in SAN IIRC. As we have had more non-stop options as of late, there is a certain annoyance of having a SEA connection, it's irritating me for my next trip to Kona, so I believe AS is hopefully easing the bottlenecks during peak times in SEA by offering connections and O/D traffic via PDX.

You make SEA sound like a deplorable place to make connections. SEA is one of the easiest major airports to make connections, compared to ORD, DFW, MIA, SFO, LAX, IAH, etc.
 
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RE: AS To Start PDX-ATL And PDX-DFW

Fri May 03, 2013 4:01 pm

Not much scope for growth with these two flights getting added. Fleet growth is pretty limited this year (+9 739ERs, -3 73Gs, -3 734s) so AS can't be growing capacity much more unless it decides to hold on to some of its leased frames.

http://www.alaskaair.com/content/about-us/newsroom/as-fleet.aspx
 
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RE: AS To Start PDX-ATL And PDX-DFW

Fri May 03, 2013 4:04 pm

Quoting RWA380 (Reply 41):
Only down side is the AS boardroom here is not as nice as the one in SEA, IMO.

It's being or was just finished being renovated.

Quoting RWA380 (Reply 41):
I also think an increasing number of Portland based travellers are tired of having to connect in SEA for everything.

I'm a frequent Portland based traveler and if I have to connect somewhere, I'd rather it be in Seattle than anywhere else. The high frequency shuttle between PDX and SEA makes that short leg easy (free beer!). In fact a few times I've opted for a Seattle connection over a nonstop due to schedule.
 
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RE: AS To Start PDX-ATL And PDX-DFW

Fri May 03, 2013 11:19 pm

AS is adding a 3rd daily SEA-BOS for the summer season this year.

Swapping one of their SEA-ATL flights to PDX-ATL is hardly something worth panicking about, especially considering the amount of capacity DL offers on that route.

AS is still growing in SEA and will continue to grow in the future. Other airlines are also growing quite nicely in SEA.
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