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Re: Alaska Airlines Network Thread 2020

Sat Jun 27, 2020 6:44 pm

RWRCAS wrote:
sunking737 wrote:
Did anyone catch that AS is going to cut even more Airbus jets next year?? I saw it posted in Aviator newsletter.I get emailed daily. " Alaska Airlines (US) plans to retire more A320s, including seven of its 49 remaining A320s in 2021. The carrier will retire one B737-800 and hopes to take delivery of 15 B737 MAX 8s in 2021."


As it has been said, those A320s leases are expiring and were always planned to be returned next year. Alaska does not have any MAX 8s coming. They have MAX 9s on order.

Are they doing to dump the neos as well?
 
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Re: Alaska Airlines Network Thread 2020

Sat Jun 27, 2020 7:32 pm

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Are they doing to dump the neos as well?


Nothing has been decided on the A321NEOs just yet, but AS really, really, REALLY likes them.

The plan is to call back 19 airframes from storage in July and another 17-19ish in August, with the intention of operating at 60% of pre-COVID levels by then, gradually increasing from there.

Regarding the recent B6 adds, they definitely received attention and expect to see a response.
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Re: Alaska Airlines Network Thread 2020

Sat Jun 27, 2020 8:31 pm

EA CO AS wrote:
PHLspecial wrote:
Are they doing to dump the neos as well?


Nothing has been decided on the A321NEOs just yet, but AS really, really, REALLY likes them.

The plan is to call back 19 airframes from storage in July and another 17-19ish in August, with the intention of operating at 60% of pre-COVID levels by then, gradually increasing from there.

Regarding the recent B6 adds, they definitely received attention and expect to see a response.


By response are you hinting more at a retreat or additional capacity?
 
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Re: Alaska Airlines Network Thread 2020

Sat Jun 27, 2020 9:01 pm

EA CO AS wrote:
PHLspecial wrote:
Are they doing to dump the neos as well?


Nothing has been decided on the A321NEOs just yet, but AS really, really, REALLY likes them.

The plan is to call back 19 airframes from storage in July and another 17-19ish in August, with the intention of operating at 60% of pre-COVID levels by then, gradually increasing from there.

Regarding the recent B6 adds, they definitely received attention and expect to see a response.

Thank you for the info!
 
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Re: Alaska Airlines Network Thread 2020

Sat Jun 27, 2020 9:41 pm

Would love to see an aggressive response targeted at B6...it could involve BOS, JFK, EWR...who knows? Grab a bunch of LGB slots? That’d be fun to watch and maybe cheaper than adding transcons. ;)
 
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Re: Alaska Airlines Network Thread 2020

Sun Jun 28, 2020 3:18 am

EA CO AS wrote:
PHLspecial wrote:
Are they doing to dump the neos as well?


Nothing has been decided on the A321NEOs just yet, but AS really, really, REALLY likes them.

The plan is to call back 19 airframes from storage in July and another 17-19ish in August, with the intention of operating at 60% of pre-COVID levels by then, gradually increasing from there.

Regarding the recent B6 adds, they definitely received attention and expect to see a response.


I think the passengers really like the A321-NEO's...I like them. But all the A319's are history.
 
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Re: Alaska Airlines Network Thread 2020

Sun Jun 28, 2020 9:47 pm

EA CO AS wrote:
PHLspecial wrote:
Are they doing to dump the neos as well?


Nothing has been decided on the A321NEOs just yet, but AS really, really, REALLY likes them.

The plan is to call back 19 airframes from storage in July and another 17-19ish in August, with the intention of operating at 60% of pre-COVID levels by then, gradually increasing from there.

Regarding the recent B6 adds, they definitely received attention and expect to see a response.


I'll be quite surprised if AS doesn't ultimately hang on to the A321 fleet. There doesn't seem to be a more viable competitor available in that class, AS already has a large pool of Airbus pilots and the aircraft gives them a nice platform to explore advancing their transcon offerings post-covid. They've also grown/diversified their network enough where operating a single type might not be their wisest option.
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Re: Alaska Airlines Network Thread 2020

Sun Jun 28, 2020 9:53 pm

A question came up on the OAG thread this morning and maybe some here can clarify.

AS is showing that starting Aug 1, they will operate 1 daily flight from PAE to LAS and 1 to PHX. All other Paine Field routes are non-existent.

Huh?

Is the airport open or closed as of 8/1? If closed, how is AS handling 2 daily flights (and why is one to PHX, in August, in the midst of a huge COVID presence?) If open, what about all the other destinations? I realize this all could (and very well might) change but it seems that AAG should have some idea about and a handle on what's going on in August, even for a preliminary schedule release.

Thanks in advance for any help in figuring this out.

bb
 
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Re: Alaska Airlines Network Thread 2020

Sun Jun 28, 2020 11:22 pm

SANFan wrote:
A question came up on the OAG thread this morning and maybe some here can clarify.

AS is showing that starting Aug 1, they will operate 1 daily flight from PAE to LAS and 1 to PHX. All other Paine Field routes are non-existent.

Huh?

Is the airport open or closed as of 8/1? If closed, how is AS handling 2 daily flights (and why is one to PHX, in August, in the midst of a huge COVID presence?) If open, what about all the other destinations? I realize this all could (and very well might) change but it seems that AAG should have some idea about and a handle on what's going on in August, even for a preliminary schedule release.

Thanks in advance for any help in figuring this out.

bb


I think PAE-PHX is the only route currently in play, but I'd be surprised if AS and UA didn't come back when things return to normal. PAE hit 1,000,000 pax in their first year, not a bad start.

https://www.heraldnet.com/business/alas ... e-per-day/
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Re: Alaska Airlines Network Thread 2020

Mon Jun 29, 2020 1:04 am

PAEPHX has been huge for AS.
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Re: Alaska Airlines Network Thread 2020

Mon Jun 29, 2020 1:35 am

gunsontheroof wrote:
SANFan wrote:
A question came up on the OAG thread this morning and maybe some here can clarify.

AS is showing that starting Aug 1, they will operate 1 daily flight from PAE to LAS and 1 to PHX. All other Paine Field routes are non-existent.

Huh?

Is the airport open or closed as of 8/1? If closed, how is AS handling 2 daily flights (and why is one to PHX, in August, in the midst of a huge COVID presence?) If open, what about all the other destinations? I realize this all could (and very well might) change but it seems that AAG should have some idea about and a handle on what's going on in August, even for a preliminary schedule release.

Thanks in advance for any help in figuring this out.

bb


I think PAE-PHX is the only route currently in play, but I'd be surprised if AS and UA didn't come back when things return to normal. PAE hit 1,000,000 pax in their first year, not a bad start.

https://www.heraldnet.com/business/alas ... e-per-day/


Well PAE also stated they have a business to run. The covid impact will force them to take back all unused slots from United and AlaskaAir. And seek out other airlines to service the airport.
They need the revenue to pay the bills and can't gamble on United or AlaskaAir maybe coming back some day.

Spirit, Frontier ,Southwest and JetBlue are all in prime position to jump in and gain marketshare.

AlaskaAir I think is going to be forced into defending it's turf in this pandemic should a strong player takes PAE up on getting slots.

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Re: Alaska Airlines Network Thread 2020

Mon Jun 29, 2020 1:45 am

wnflyguy wrote:
gunsontheroof wrote:
SANFan wrote:
A question came up on the OAG thread this morning and maybe some here can clarify.

AS is showing that starting Aug 1, they will operate 1 daily flight from PAE to LAS and 1 to PHX. All other Paine Field routes are non-existent.

Huh?

Is the airport open or closed as of 8/1? If closed, how is AS handling 2 daily flights (and why is one to PHX, in August, in the midst of a huge COVID presence?) If open, what about all the other destinations? I realize this all could (and very well might) change but it seems that AAG should have some idea about and a handle on what's going on in August, even for a preliminary schedule release.

Thanks in advance for any help in figuring this out.

bb


I think PAE-PHX is the only route currently in play, but I'd be surprised if AS and UA didn't come back when things return to normal. PAE hit 1,000,000 pax in their first year, not a bad start.

https://www.heraldnet.com/business/alas ... e-per-day/


Well PAE also stated they have a business to run. The covid impact will force them to take back all unused slots from United and AlaskaAir. And seek out other airlines to service the airport.
They need the revenue to pay the bills and can't gamble on United or AlaskaAir maybe coming back some day.

Spirit, Frontier ,Southwest and JetBlue are all in prime position to jump in and gain marketshare.

AlaskaAir I think is going to be forced into defending it's turf in this pandemic should a strong player takes PAE up on getting slots.

Flyguy


What routes do you see the above mentioned airlines wanting to jump in and serve based on the market?
 
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Re: Alaska Airlines Network Thread 2020

Mon Jun 29, 2020 1:52 am

A little embarrassing for AS to retreat again in August from EWR considering the B6 expansion. I would have thought AS would have at least matched the frequencies. The routes are legacy VX routes and were amongst the most profitable, what happened?
 
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Re: Alaska Airlines Network Thread 2020

Mon Jun 29, 2020 1:52 am

CaptainObvious1 wrote:
wnflyguy wrote:
gunsontheroof wrote:

I think PAE-PHX is the only route currently in play, but I'd be surprised if AS and UA didn't come back when things return to normal. PAE hit 1,000,000 pax in their first year, not a bad start.

https://www.heraldnet.com/business/alas ... e-per-day/


Well PAE also stated they have a business to run. The covid impact will force them to take back all unused slots from United and AlaskaAir. And seek out other airlines to service the airport.
They need the revenue to pay the bills and can't gamble on United or AlaskaAir maybe coming back some day.

Spirit, Frontier ,Southwest and JetBlue are all in prime position to jump in and gain marketshare.

AlaskaAir I think is going to be forced into defending it's turf in this pandemic should a strong player takes PAE up on getting slots.

Flyguy


What routes do you see the above mentioned airlines wanting to jump in and serve based on the market?


Well Frontier is the King for throwing darts.
They love to jump in and try a bunch of different things.
Spirit would probably add a lot of west coast dots to fill the AS and UA void like PHX,LAS,LAX,OAK,DEN and SAN.

And

If Southwest jumped back in the game I see
DEN,LAS,OAK and PHX.

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Re: Alaska Airlines Network Thread 2020

Mon Jun 29, 2020 4:09 am

Huge would mean 2 737's a day.

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PAEPHX has been huge for AS.
 
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Re: Alaska Airlines Network Thread 2020

Mon Jun 29, 2020 4:56 am

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Did anyone catch that AS is going to cut even more Airbus jets next year?? I saw it posted in Aviator newsletter.I get emailed daily. " Alaska Airlines (US) plans to retire more A320s, including seven of its 49 remaining A320s in 2021. The carrier will retire one B737-800 and hopes to take delivery of 15 B737 MAX 8s in 2021."


I read they were doing the same with the A319, parking them all. Here is the article:

https://www.ch-aviation.com/portal/news ... -its-a319s
 
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Re: Alaska Airlines Network Thread 2020

Mon Jun 29, 2020 5:53 am

wnflyguy wrote:
CaptainObvious1 wrote:
wnflyguy wrote:

Well PAE also stated they have a business to run. The covid impact will force them to take back all unused slots from United and AlaskaAir. And seek out other airlines to service the airport.
They need the revenue to pay the bills and can't gamble on United or AlaskaAir maybe coming back some day.

Spirit, Frontier ,Southwest and JetBlue are all in prime position to jump in and gain marketshare.

AlaskaAir I think is going to be forced into defending it's turf in this pandemic should a strong player takes PAE up on getting slots.

Flyguy


What routes do you see the above mentioned airlines wanting to jump in and serve based on the market?


Well Frontier is the King for throwing darts.
They love to jump in and try a bunch of different things.
Spirit would probably add a lot of west coast dots to fill the AS and UA void like PHX,LAS,LAX,OAK,DEN and SAN.

And

If Southwest jumped back in the game I see
DEN,LAS,OAK and PHX.

Flyguy


It will also depend on if the construction will be completed on time.
 
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Re: Alaska Airlines Network Thread 2020

Mon Jun 29, 2020 8:21 am

Back to the PAE situation. Hold on a second here. First, there is NO service on AS from PAE to anywhere (including PHX) right now; PHX & LAS begin Aug 1 yet no other routes return.

The article linked above was written in mid-May, at the height of the COVID effects on AS and other cx. There was no mention of the airport construction coming up which would close the terminal and temporarily drop all service to Paine Field. The article made it sound like AS was perhaps just going to give up on PAE service.

I don't know what network planning in SEA is planning for PAE but I really can't foresee them cancelling all but 2 routes from PAE.

Now all of a sudden people here are trying to figure out which airlines are going to swoop in and replace AS (and UA?) ! I think we need to take a step back, take a deep breath and chill for a few weeks. I really doubt that AS is going anywhere and will bring their service at PAE back as soon as (a) the airport apron work is finished, and (b) the traffic at the airport reaches levels that support that service. (I assume UA will do the same.) The COVID recovery is really just starting and PAE is, after all, a pretty small airport near a very big airport!

The question I asked up-thread was why only a single flight to PHX and to LAS on August 1 by AS. (And again I say, PHX? In August?) Maybe AS is "trying the new apron out" at PAE with just a couple of flights? They can't even operate a single flight to SAN or LA or SJC? (I believe these markets all saw 2 daily flights pre-COVID.) Can all the CA markets have failed miserably from PAE for AAG?

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Re: Alaska Airlines Network Thread 2020

Mon Jun 29, 2020 8:28 am

BTW, I just checked AS's online schedules and Sept 1 shows 2 daily flights from PAE to SAN, LAX and SJC! (Those are the only markets I checked.) I realize these schedules could change but a lot of work has already been done on the Sept 1 release by AS and the PAE flights are there!

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Re: Alaska Airlines Network Thread 2020

Mon Jun 29, 2020 11:53 am

[quote="Nicknuzzii"]A little embarrassing for AS to retreat again in August from EWR considering the B6 expansion. I would have thought AS would have at least matched the frequencies. The routes are legacy VX routes and were amongst the most profitable, what happened?[/


I think that’s why Jetblue made the move.

This isn’t the time for an aggressive response between three airlines on long haul flights.

Obviously these routes don’t make that much money for Alaska...They basically pulled Kennedy and Newark down to nothing thru Sept.


They have a product in J that isnt competitive on that route. They should’ve left a subfleet of Airbuses for the transcons with lie flat J
 
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Re: Alaska Airlines Network Thread 2020

Mon Jun 29, 2020 12:19 pm

wnflyguy wrote:
gunsontheroof wrote:
SANFan wrote:
A question came up on the OAG thread this morning and maybe some here can clarify.

AS is showing that starting Aug 1, they will operate 1 daily flight from PAE to LAS and 1 to PHX. All other Paine Field routes are non-existent.

Huh?

Is the airport open or closed as of 8/1? If closed, how is AS handling 2 daily flights (and why is one to PHX, in August, in the midst of a huge COVID presence?) If open, what about all the other destinations? I realize this all could (and very well might) change but it seems that AAG should have some idea about and a handle on what's going on in August, even for a preliminary schedule release.

Thanks in advance for any help in figuring this out.

bb


I think PAE-PHX is the only route currently in play, but I'd be surprised if AS and UA didn't come back when things return to normal. PAE hit 1,000,000 pax in their first year, not a bad start.

https://www.heraldnet.com/business/alas ... e-per-day/


Well PAE also stated they have a business to run. The covid impact will force them to take back all unused slots from United and AlaskaAir. And seek out other airlines to service the airport.
They need the revenue to pay the bills and can't gamble on United or AlaskaAir maybe coming back some day.

Spirit, Frontier ,Southwest and JetBlue are all in prime position to jump in and gain marketshare.

AlaskaAir I think is going to be forced into defending it's turf in this pandemic should a strong player takes PAE up on getting slots.

Flyguy
This is some pretty fanciful thinking. These slots weren't a hot commodity before COVID.
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Re: Alaska Airlines Network Thread 2020

Mon Jun 29, 2020 4:58 pm

cledaybuck wrote:
wnflyguy wrote:
gunsontheroof wrote:

I think PAE-PHX is the only route currently in play, but I'd be surprised if AS and UA didn't come back when things return to normal. PAE hit 1,000,000 pax in their first year, not a bad start.

https://www.heraldnet.com/business/alas ... e-per-day/


Well PAE also stated they have a business to run. The covid impact will force them to take back all unused slots from United and AlaskaAir. And seek out other airlines to service the airport.
They need the revenue to pay the bills and can't gamble on United or AlaskaAir maybe coming back some day.

Spirit, Frontier ,Southwest and JetBlue are all in prime position to jump in and gain marketshare.

AlaskaAir I think is going to be forced into defending it's turf in this pandemic should a strong player takes PAE up on getting slots.

Flyguy
This is some pretty fanciful thinking. These slots weren't a hot commodity before COVID.


Yeah, I don’t see how in the best of times when few were interested equates to more interest during the worst of times.

PAE will likely stay a small niche airport for AS frequent flyers at most. WN still isn’t very strong in the Northwest so operating out of another airport in Seattle doesn’t make much sense. JetBlue is likely mostly serving folks originating in the Northeast who won’t be familiar with “Everett”. I agree. This is “fanciful thinking”.
 
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Re: Alaska Airlines Network Thread 2020

Mon Jun 29, 2020 5:05 pm

SANFan wrote:
BTW, I just checked AS's online schedules and Sept 1 shows 2 daily flights from PAE to SAN, LAX and SJC! (Those are the only markets I checked.) I realize these schedules could change but a lot of work has already been done on the Sept 1 release by AS and the PAE flights are there!

bb


BOI, PDX, and GEG appear too. The Boise Airport said BOI-PAE is “delayed indefinitely” a few weeks ago in local media. I’d be surprised if this route sticks. I can’t speak for the others.
 
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Re: Alaska Airlines Network Thread 2020

Mon Jun 29, 2020 5:27 pm

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WN still isn’t very strong in the Northwest so operating out of another airport in Seattle doesn’t make much sense.

WN is actually very strong in the PNW from a brand recognition standpoint.

From a market perspective, they used to be incredibly strong, however retreated after suspending their intra-PNW routes.

They used to do:
GEG-PDX/SEA/SLC
SLC-BOI/RNO/SEA/PDX
PDX-BOI/RNO
BOI-SEA/RNO
RNO-SEA

Recall that they originally had planned to serve PAE with flights to both OAK and LAS. I wouldn't be surprised if they eventually serve PAE one day.
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Re: Alaska Airlines Network Thread 2020

Mon Jun 29, 2020 6:10 pm

USAirALB wrote:
LAXBUR wrote:
WN still isn’t very strong in the Northwest so operating out of another airport in Seattle doesn’t make much sense.

WN is actually very strong in the PNW from a brand recognition standpoint.

From a market perspective, they used to be incredibly strong, however retreated after suspending their intra-PNW routes.

They used to do:
GEG-PDX/SEA/SLC
SLC-BOI/RNO/SEA/PDX
PDX-BOI/RNO
BOI-SEA/RNO
RNO-SEA

Recall that they originally had planned to serve PAE with flights to both OAK and LAS. I wouldn't be surprised if they eventually serve PAE one day.


Cancelling a ton of routes isn’t really an indication they’re “strong” in the Northwest. Really confused by this rebuttal.

And WN gave up slots at PAE. Again, not sure what you’re getting at here.
 
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Re: Alaska Airlines Network Thread 2020

Mon Jun 29, 2020 7:38 pm

SANFan wrote:
Back to the PAE situation. Hold on a second here. First, there is NO service on AS from PAE to anywhere (including PHX) right now; PHX & LAS begin Aug 1 yet no other routes return.

The article linked above was written in mid-May, at the height of the COVID effects on AS and other cx. There was no mention of the airport construction coming up which would close the terminal and temporarily drop all service to Paine Field. The article made it sound like AS was perhaps just going to give up on PAE service.

I don't know what network planning in SEA is planning for PAE but I really can't foresee them cancelling all but 2 routes from PAE.

Now all of a sudden people here are trying to figure out which airlines are going to swoop in and replace AS (and UA?) ! I think we need to take a step back, take a deep breath and chill for a few weeks. I really doubt that AS is going anywhere and will bring their service at PAE back as soon as (a) the airport apron work is finished, and (b) the traffic at the airport reaches levels that support that service. (I assume UA will do the same.) The COVID recovery is really just starting and PAE is, after all, a pretty small airport near a very big airport!

The question I asked up-thread was why only a single flight to PHX and to LAS on August 1 by AS. (And again I say, PHX? In August?) Maybe AS is "trying the new apron out" at PAE with just a couple of flights? They can't even operate a single flight to SAN or LA or SJC? (I believe these markets all saw 2 daily flights pre-COVID.) Can all the CA markets have failed miserably from PAE for AAG?

bb


https://www.heraldnet.com/business/pain ... p-repairs/

Here is the article about PAE construction.
 
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Re: Alaska Airlines Network Thread 2020

Mon Jun 29, 2020 7:41 pm

LAXBUR wrote:
cledaybuck wrote:
wnflyguy wrote:

Well PAE also stated they have a business to run. The covid impact will force them to take back all unused slots from United and AlaskaAir. And seek out other airlines to service the airport.
They need the revenue to pay the bills and can't gamble on United or AlaskaAir maybe coming back some day.

Spirit, Frontier ,Southwest and JetBlue are all in prime position to jump in and gain marketshare.

AlaskaAir I think is going to be forced into defending it's turf in this pandemic should a strong player takes PAE up on getting slots.

Flyguy
This is some pretty fanciful thinking. These slots weren't a hot commodity before COVID.


Yeah, I don’t see how in the best of times when few were interested equates to more interest during the worst of times.

PAE will likely stay a small niche airport for AS frequent flyers at most. WN still isn’t very strong in the Northwest so operating out of another airport in Seattle doesn’t make much sense. JetBlue is likely mostly serving folks originating in the Northeast who won’t be familiar with “Everett”. I agree. This is “fanciful thinking”.


With only a handful of "slots" (something like 23, I can't remember), there's not that many opportunities. UA was already cutting SFO-PAE, but I had heard their DEN-PAE route was doing well. But overall, it was/is Alaska's airport.
 
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Re: Alaska Airlines Network Thread 2020

Mon Jun 29, 2020 10:58 pm

USAirALB wrote:
LAXBUR wrote:
WN still isn’t very strong in the Northwest so operating out of another airport in Seattle doesn’t make much sense.

WN is actually very strong in the PNW from a brand recognition standpoint.

From a market perspective, they used to be incredibly strong, however retreated after suspending their intra-PNW routes.

They used to do:
GEG-PDX/SEA/SLC
SLC-BOI/RNO/SEA/PDX
PDX-BOI/RNO
BOI-SEA/RNO
RNO-SEA

Recall that they originally had planned to serve PAE with flights to both OAK and LAS. I wouldn't be surprised if they eventually serve PAE one day.


As LAXBUR said, not really sure how highlighting a bunch of cancelled routes demonstrates the strength of WN in the Northwest. They gradually backed off SEA when they didn't get their way at BFI years ago and pulled the plug on PAE before the terminal opened up. They pulled their regional flights (GEG, BOI) years ago and also downsized at PDX. They certainly have brand recognition here (some of that can be credited to California transplants), but not on the level of AS or even DL.
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Re: Alaska Airlines Network Thread 2020

Mon Jun 29, 2020 11:11 pm

AS just extended their schedule through the end of August, so anything beyond that is not a true schedule of what will be flown.
 
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Re: Alaska Airlines Network Thread 2020

Tue Jun 30, 2020 3:50 am

LAXBUR wrote:
USAirALB wrote:
LAXBUR wrote:
WN still isn’t very strong in the Northwest so operating out of another airport in Seattle doesn’t make much sense.

WN is actually very strong in the PNW from a brand recognition standpoint.

From a market perspective, they used to be incredibly strong, however retreated after suspending their intra-PNW routes.

They used to do:
GEG-PDX/SEA/SLC
SLC-BOI/RNO/SEA/PDX
PDX-BOI/RNO
BOI-SEA/RNO
RNO-SEA

Recall that they originally had planned to serve PAE with flights to both OAK and LAS. I wouldn't be surprised if they eventually serve PAE one day.


Cancelling a ton of routes isn’t really an indication they’re “strong” in the Northwest. Really confused by this rebuttal.

And WN gave up slots at PAE. Again, not sure what you’re getting at here.

You said "still isn't" (implying that they are new to the market) and I was highlighting how they once were strong and still have said brand recognition...
Hence:
gunsontheroof wrote:
They certainly have brand recognition here
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Re: Alaska Airlines Network Thread 2020

Tue Jun 30, 2020 5:30 am

USAirALB wrote:
LAXBUR wrote:
USAirALB wrote:
WN is actually very strong in the PNW from a brand recognition standpoint.

From a market perspective, they used to be incredibly strong, however retreated after suspending their intra-PNW routes.

They used to do:
GEG-PDX/SEA/SLC
SLC-BOI/RNO/SEA/PDX
PDX-BOI/RNO
BOI-SEA/RNO
RNO-SEA

Recall that they originally had planned to serve PAE with flights to both OAK and LAS. I wouldn't be surprised if they eventually serve PAE one day.


Cancelling a ton of routes isn’t really an indication they’re “strong” in the Northwest. Really confused by this rebuttal.

And WN gave up slots at PAE. Again, not sure what you’re getting at here.

You said "still isn't" (implying that they are new to the market) and I was highlighting how they once were strong and still have said brand recognition...
Hence:
gunsontheroof wrote:
They certainly have brand recognition here


Well, that was LAXBUR that (correctly) said that, not me. Brand-familiarity doesn't always translate into market share...Southwest has tried to make inroads to the PNW market for decades and has never really been able to gain a foothold. Of course, a lot of that can be attributed to Alaska, who enjoy an unusually high level of customer loyalty for an airline and have retained their market share for several years amidst a buildup by a powerful rival.
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Re: Alaska Airlines Network Thread 2020

Tue Jun 30, 2020 10:40 am

gunsontheroof wrote:
Well, that was LAXBUR that (correctly) said that, not me. Brand-familiarity doesn't always translate into market share...Southwest has tried to make inroads to the PNW market for decades and has never really been able to gain a foothold. Of course, a lot of that can be attributed to Alaska, who enjoy an unusually high level of customer loyalty for an airline and have retained their market share for several years amidst a buildup by a powerful rival.


PDX was the largest WN station in the Pacific Northwest in 2019, and WN carried more passengers out of PDX than it did out of SEA in 2019. WN also had 17.75% market share at PDX compared to only 6.44% market share at SEA, but AS's SEA hub is much bigger than its PDX hub and DL has a hub at SEA.
 
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Re: Alaska Airlines Network Thread 2020

Tue Jun 30, 2020 3:22 pm

USAirALB wrote:
LAXBUR wrote:
USAirALB wrote:
WN is actually very strong in the PNW from a brand recognition standpoint.

From a market perspective, they used to be incredibly strong, however retreated after suspending their intra-PNW routes.

They used to do:
GEG-PDX/SEA/SLC
SLC-BOI/RNO/SEA/PDX
PDX-BOI/RNO
BOI-SEA/RNO
RNO-SEA

Recall that they originally had planned to serve PAE with flights to both OAK and LAS. I wouldn't be surprised if they eventually serve PAE one day.


Cancelling a ton of routes isn’t really an indication they’re “strong” in the Northwest. Really confused by this rebuttal.

And WN gave up slots at PAE. Again, not sure what you’re getting at here.

You said "still isn't" (implying that they are new to the market) and I was highlighting how they once were strong and still have said brand recognition...
Hence:
gunsontheroof wrote:
They certainly have brand recognition here


I’m not going to argue about your comprehension of “still isn’t”. And not sure what your argument is.

Anyways, as others have noted Southwest hasn’t done well in time in the Northwest; however you want to present it. Most of those routes you mentioned were from the Morris Air buyout anyways. It isn’t a knock against WN. Alaska’s FF program, schedule, and customer service keeps people in the Northwest engaged. WN adding a handful of flights to PAE won’t change that and that’s why they likely won’t do that. Again, they dropped out before they even started. WN can better take on Alaska in places like California. PAE would be a waste of time and money for WN.
 
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Re: Alaska Airlines Network Thread 2020

Tue Jun 30, 2020 3:38 pm

This is an interesting article showing that AS cut back 20% of schedule close-in.
https://crankyflier.com/2020/06/30/alas ... k-in-july/

I assume that part of this is due to certain market not being open while other markets are showing declining demand due to recent COVID surges.
 
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Re: Alaska Airlines Network Thread 2020

Tue Jun 30, 2020 5:39 pm

tphuang wrote:
This is an interesting article showing that AS cut back 20% of schedule close-in.
https://crankyflier.com/2020/06/30/alas ... k-in-july/
I assume that part of this is due to certain market not being open while other markets are showing declining demand due to recent COVID surges.

This is common practice these days around the industry is it not and AS is certainly no exception. For example, AS's Aug 1 schedule that is now out is perfectly viable the way it is. Using SAN as an example, since I just finished a turn sked for it, almost every flight of the 34-flight sked is listed as daily (two exceptions are PVR which is 3X weekly and a SEA flight operating 4X weekly to use that aircraft on the alternate days.) I expect as August approaches, some of the flights could be reduced to less than daily as the carrier studies booking data. Perhaps even a flight could be eliminated if necessary. This is what has happened over the last few months and IMO is to be expected.

Also, AS had many HI flights scheduled for July (as they do for August) and they removed most of the July ones as HI remained 'closed'. Apparently a new policy has been developed for August travel to and from Hawaii so I expect the flights WILL operate on AS. (Frequencies could be reduced from daily of course if necessary.)

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