EA CO AS wrote:
As far as NY is concerned, AS will welcome NYers with open arms, but they’re focused on taking West Coasters who love them to NY, not the other way around. And as long as the fares are competitive, AS will do just fine.
I think this is much closer to the truth here. As much as I hope New Yorkers see the charms of AS, I think AS is much more interested in West Coast originating passengers headed to New York.
Also, if New Yorkers knew their airlines, they'd know about Alaska, so I don't think they do as well as they think they do, which is definitely a problem for Alaska. I've had friends, relatives, and colleagues flying Alaska from New York for over 10 years and are still confused that they're flying Alaska to Seattle at all let alone connecting to Los Angeles or San Francisco. However, the latter examples suggest that, like most consumers, the average New Yorker is brand agnostic and chooses their airline based on price.
Do I wish AS would invest in a better transcon product, both in the front and back cabins? Yes.
Do I think AS will do just fine in New York without them? Also yes.