DeltaRules wrote:jplatts wrote:jbmitt wrote:Hey jplatts.. Starbucks is in nearly every city in America. Costco is in most midsize cities.. maybe Alaska should fly from SEA to every city with a population of 50k people.
Retail coffee and wholesale doesn’t generate much business travel.
Good point, but Amazon does have a major presence in Northern Kentucky, including an Amazon Air hub at CVG. While the majority of individuals who work at Starbucks coffee stores, Costco warehourses, or Amazon distribution centers will not have to travel to SEA, there might be occasional business travel to SEA from CVG by the managers of Starbucks stores, Costco warehouses, and Amazon distribution centers, but the individuals who do need to travel to SEA from CVG can already do so on the DL CVG-SEA nonstops or through a connection at ORD, MDW, MSP, DEN, or SLC.
DL does have nonstop service from its SEA hub to two destinations in the contiguous U.S. that AS does not serve, and these two destinations are CVG and JAC.
I agree that AS does not have to go to every city with a population of 50K people from SEA since DL now has a hub at SEA, since DL can connect business travelers going from SEA to smaller U.S. destinations not served nonstop from SEA through its SLC, MSP, DTW, ATL, and JFK hubs, since AA has nonstop service to most of its hubs from SEA, since UA has nonstop service to all of its hubs in the contiguous U.S. from SEA, since HA does have nonstop service to SEA from HNL and OGG, since most of the individuals who work at Starbucks coffee locations will never need to travel to SEA, and since the managers who might need to occasionally travel to SEA can already do so from places not served by AS on AA, DL, UA, or HA.
You advocate and contradict your own argument for AS nonstops in the same post.
Even though DL already has hubs at both CVG and SEA, the case could be made for AS to add nonstop service from SEA to CVG in order to defend AS's market share in the SEA market, in order to better compete against DL in the SEA market, in order to connect passengers from CVG to AS destinations in Alaska and the Pacific Northwest that DL does not serve, and in order to connect passengers from CVG onto HU's SEA-PEK and SEA-PVG flights. On the other hand, most of the travel between CVG and SEA is already covered by the DL SEA-CVG nonstop and the existing connecting options through ORD, MDW, MSP, DEN, and SLC.