If B6’s ANC rumors are true, that’s a major bummer. I know a lot of people, both family and friends, who use that PDX-ANC flight in the summer. It’s a great alternative to AS if you’re not married to the AS Mileage Plan.
I wouldn’t be surprised if, either next year or the year after, DL takes another whack at PDX-ANC with B6 off of it.
B6 by far has had the lowest fares for the summer season, I don't think AS even tries to match them. AS gets the premium demand & the vast majority of O/D traffic in the market. But I do know people in ANC & PDX who have flown B6, shopping by fare only, both would have preferred AS for the mileage, but both (who could oddly afford AS) chose B6, because B6 was so much cheaper.
I am sure SY would happily add ANC & like B6, that could easily otherwise have been a RON. But the list is long enough to know, almost any carrier could add with similar times, maybe even WN?
Over the years the carriers that have flown n/s PDX-ANC. AS, B6, CO, DL, OC, TW, UA, WA & both BF & WC were direct, with a single stop in Seattle.
707, 717, 720, 727-1/2, 737-1/2/3/4/5/7/8/9, 747-1/2/3, 757, 767-2/3/4, 777-2/3, DC8, DC9, MD80/2/7/8, D10-1/3/4, M11, L10-2/5, A300/310/319/320
AA AC AQ BD BN CO CS DL EA EZ HA HG HP KL KN MP MW NK NW OZ PA PS QX RC RH RW SA TG TW UA US VS WA WN WP YS 8M