They’ve been off and on with ANC-Vegas over the years. Seems to depend on aircraft slack and fuel prices as much as anything.
ANC-GEG was a shot in the dark. It only ran once weekly for one summer; personally I think it might have actually done better if it ran more than once a week but AS knows what the connecting patterns are between Anchorage and Spokane.
I still opine that ANC-SFO will come back eventually. It makes too much sense after the VX purchase and subsequent SFO expansion.
I agree that with a rather low yielding market like Vegas, fuel prices have to be on the lower end of things to remain profitable to run, it's still a 5+ hour flight.
ANC-GEG was an experiment for a Saturday only service to see if it could be a supportable service, kudos to AS for trying. I too expect had it been more than once a week it may have had a better shot of returning.
I also would expect to see ANC-SFO on AS & from a hub to hub perspective it makes perfect sense. AS has flown it, but at the time SFO wasn't an AS hub. However one has to wonder, if AS added SFO n/s from ANC, would it create any single connection options that do not already exist going via SEA, PDX or LAX?
The local O/D market seems rather low (I am assuming based on past performance & also what UA offers in the market) compared to the SEA/PDX/LAX O/D market. With the longer stage length (x LAX), I think unless AS can capture most of the O/D, and / or make a true transit hub at SFO this may not be a front burner idea quite yet. I hope I'm wrong.
Seems to me like they are missing out on a growing market in PSC. This corner of southeastern Washington is growing fast, and will continue to do so. PSC recently completed a very nice remodel of their terminal, and gate 1 is a huge, spacious area that Alaska operates from.
But yet their only destination is SEA, with Dash 8s. They've tried on and off with service PDX, which was recently terminated once again.
Contrast that with Delta, which services SEA, MSP, and SLC. In peak travel times, SLC is served with 737s and A320s. Most of DL's flights from here are on the E175, with an occasional CRJ. UA serves SFO, DEN and soon LAX at the end of March. Allegiant (G4?) flies to LAS, and Mesa, AZ. DL, UA, and Allegiant operate with all jets.
I realize PSC is a much smaller market than the hubs, but other airlines here are building their service as demand grows, while AS maintains the status quo.
WA/DL has owned Pasco since before I lived out in Hermiston in the 90's. Once they brought multiple times daily service to Pasco QX started losing passengers to DL. QX & UA were tied up & one could fly PSC-SEA-DEN, then QX split from UA & joined AS. UAX had their own PNW routes, competing with QX for years. I flew J-31's PSC-PDX-SEA-PSC.
QX is now feeding their SEA hub, the one flight a day they had to PDX was timed for East Coast & Hawaii connections mostly. It was good for a PDX day trip from PSC too.
Give it time. AS is pretty distracted with integrating VX along with PAE. I've seen more mainline aircraft being added to satellite WA airports for a while like GEG and BLI. They've even returned to BOI. So maybe they'll go to other destinations (other hubs) with at least E-175s.
AS has a mid-day r/t from SEA on a 738 to RDM & at least one MFR rotation is going to the E-175, both from Q-400's. The RON AS was taking at RDM on a 738, is going back to the Q-400 though. BOI & GEG will both continue to see E-175 & 737 jets. AS had reduced it's 25 flights a day to SEA out of PDX to just 16, with three flights a day being mainline (739, 738 & 320). Four flights a day are on the E-175, all QX operated & the remainder are Q's.
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