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ryschu
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AS 737s on the SEA - YVR route?

Sun May 13, 2018 7:14 pm

Hi, I was recently perusing flights arriving and departing from CYVR on Flight Aware. I was surprised to see an AS 739 on its way to Vancouver from Seattle. I looked into the history of the flight further and found that there were a mix of 739s and 737s on the route. This surprised me because a few years ago I took this flight and it was a Q400. I thought AS (or I guess it may have been Horizon Air at that time) flew only Q400. I've also been on an AC flight from SEA and they used Q400s as well.

Anyone know why a 737 might be on this route? It doesn't seem like it's that high density of a route? Maybe things have changed?

Anyhow, I thought I'd see if anyone could provide an answer to fulfill my curiosity.
 
ACDC8
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Re: AS 737s on the SEA - YVR route?

Sun May 13, 2018 10:56 pm

I took that flight fairly often about 10 years ago and at that time they had the MD83 along side the Q400s.
 
wedgetail737
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Re: AS 737s on the SEA - YVR route?

Sun May 13, 2018 10:56 pm

It kind of depends on the timing. If it's in the middle of the day, it could be connecting to EK flights. If it's in the morning or nighttime, it could just be a premium time for connections.
 
amcnd
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Re: AS 737s on the SEA - YVR route?

Sun May 13, 2018 11:18 pm

2 flights a day are 737’s. (Seem to be pretty full). Could also take a aircraft off the SEA gates. More planes then gates sometimes...
 
MaxTrimm
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Re: AS 737s on the SEA - YVR route?

Sun May 13, 2018 11:47 pm

There is an early morning and late night SEA-YVR run on 737. The night flight RON’s and the morning flight turns around in about 30 minutes
 
Dominion301
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Re: AS 737s on the SEA - YVR route?

Mon May 14, 2018 12:23 am

MaxTrimm wrote:
There is an early morning and late night SEA-YVR run on 737. The night flight RON’s and the morning flight turns around in about 30 minutes


Wasn’t the second mainline to SEA added after YVR-LAX was dropped ?
 
wedgetail737
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Re: AS 737s on the SEA - YVR route?

Mon May 14, 2018 1:01 am

DL is planning on running a 737NG between SEA and YVR this summer. I don't know if it has started already.
 
Prost
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Re: AS 737s on the SEA - YVR route?

Mon May 14, 2018 1:04 am

Parking is so tight ML are used on city pairs that normally wouldn’t see it.
 
wedgetail737
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Re: AS 737s on the SEA - YVR route?

Mon May 14, 2018 1:04 am

MaxTrimm wrote:
There is an early morning and late night SEA-YVR run on 737. The night flight RON’s and the morning flight turns around in about 30 minutes


Ok...they used to have a mid-morning to early-afternoon mainline flight when EK had 2X dailies between SEA and DXB.
 
yvr2018
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Re: AS 737s on the SEA - YVR route?

Mon May 14, 2018 1:13 am

AS currently has 2 737 flights, usually a 800/900 but sometimes a 700. In the next few weeks the RON 737 will be going away and will be replaced with 2 Horizon Q400's spending the night and leaving in the morning as originators.

The midday flight will be the only Alaska mainline flight. The midday flight is about a 1 hour turn, scheduled arrival is 10:40a or so and departure is 11:45a although it can have flow issues and leave late at times.

Delta will have a midday 737 flight to Seattle which I believe starts in June.
 
BoeingGuy
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Re: AS 737s on the SEA - YVR route?

Mon May 14, 2018 1:44 am

Prost wrote:
Parking is so tight ML are used on city pairs that normally wouldn’t see it.


At times AS has had a late night 737 SEA-BLI too. Not sure if they still have it. That a 90 mile flight.
 
teachpdx
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Re: AS 737s on the SEA - YVR route?

Mon May 14, 2018 2:00 am

They do the same kind of RON turns to PDX with 737s. My mom flew one of them a couple months back and said it wasn’t more than half full. I’ve also heard it’s simply because they don’t have room to RON all their planes at SEA.
 
F9Animal
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Re: AS 737s on the SEA - YVR route?

Mon May 14, 2018 3:22 am

Keep in mind alot of cruises leave and arrive from both SEA and YVR. In fact, alot of the ships depart SEA for a 7 night Alaska cruise and end in YVR.
 
Chugach
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Re: AS 737s on the SEA - YVR route?

Mon May 14, 2018 4:11 am

Prost wrote:
Parking is so tight ML are used on city pairs that normally wouldn’t see it.


SEA-RDM is getting mainline this summer, I suspect for that same reason.
 
ericm2031
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Re: AS 737s on the SEA - YVR route?

Mon May 14, 2018 5:40 am

Some high density routes were backfilled with mainline A/C to cover some QX flying...which a lot has yet to revert back yet or maybe has been more successful than initially intended.
 
hz747300
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Re: AS 737s on the SEA - YVR route?

Mon May 14, 2018 6:13 am

I took the flight as a Q400 as well a few years ago after flying a 739 from PHX to SEA. Then took AC to HKG from YVR. Fairly empty Q400, maybe 20 passengers, and flight time of ~35 minutes. Whenever I see large aircraft on short routes, I think that it is for connections to feed into a bank of flights on the hub end of it. From the other posters, seems like the AS 737 flight(s) was(were) more feeding into the EK flights.
 
9QCLI
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Re: AS 737s on the SEA - YVR route?

Mon May 14, 2018 7:13 am

I flew YVR-SEA last year on an AS 739 with a connection to a Condor flight to FRA. The YVR-SEA-FRA was a lot cheaper than the SEA-FRA flight !
 
WkndWanderer
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Re: AS 737s on the SEA - YVR route?

Mon May 14, 2018 7:21 am

As someone else mentioned, you used to see MD80's on this route too, and you can also catch mainline headed to PDX, BLI, and GEG (although the latter is a bit longer). I'm actually a bit curious now which airline has the most "short" mainline equipment flights, I imagine AA and DL have quite a few.
 
ryschu
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Re: AS 737s on the SEA - YVR route?

Tue May 15, 2018 4:09 pm

Thanks everyone for the replies...the EK connections and cruise ships make sense. I was in Vancouver last weekend and there were three cruise ships docked at Canada Place. Most of these go up to Alaska from what I understand. I guess I was just surprised to see such large a/c on a short route and I had only ever been on Q400s. Heck, I still remember when my uncle would fly down from BLI to SEA, he would hop off a little B1900! Times have changed!

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