Noticed in the DTW thread that in September and October, one of the DL SEA-DTW flights is switching from a 753 to a 763ER on alternating days of the week with DTW-SFO. Kind of cool to get a domestic widebody on this route, since I know DL has used them on ATL and JFK, but never on DTW until now, to my knowledge.
DL has run 763s on MSP/DTW-SEA periodically since the SEA hub build-up. No regular schedule so far as I've seen, but they do come around. One of our resident DL-knowers might be able to provide more specific information than I can.
Ah, then I stand corrected. Thanks for that info, I had no idea that they were used to MSP and DTW.
Another limiting factor in the lack of gate space at SEA is all of the construction going on at the A, B, N and S concourses. The construction is blocking out one or two gates here and there. I'm sure that's causing headaches in terms of gate space. I've seen B6 having to hold for a quite a while because they only have 1 or 2 gates at the B concourse.
With NK reducing service at SEA to just a few flights to LAS, I wonder if they will lose D7 due to low gate utilization and push them back to A or B concourse.
Lastly, the addition to the N concourse is coming along. It appears it will add quite a bit of capacity for AS there.
I hadn't thought that about NK yet, but it certainly seems like a possibility. Also makes me wonder about F9 and SY, who both have low frequencies this winter. In December, F9 only has 2 daily flights and SY has 1-2 flights to MSP, plus some days with no flights at all. When the D gate hardstand terminal is finished, that might be a good place for them; a ULCC terminal of sorts. The only disadvantage is that it'd be pretty sucky having to deplane from there in the winter, but then again that's already happening here so it wouldn't be anything new.
As for AS (no pun intended) and NorthSTAR, I've been pondering what they'll do with the new gates once they open. Since AS has slowed their growth since the merger and their SEA route network is basically complete, I doubt they'd be able to fill 6 new gates, even after moving out of their gates in A. At first, I thought that they could move out of D (IIRC they only have 4 or 5 gates left there now), then move some of the smaller domestic airlines (e.g. NK, F9, SY, B6) over there, but then that gives DL more room over in A and B, which I doubt they'd want. Then again, I have no idea how much say the airlines have in this and if they even have any veto power when it comes to other airlines' gates. Gee, I'd love to be a fly on the wall wherever the Port of Seattle decides gate assignments.