|Quoting HPRamper (Reply 32):|
I grew up in the Portland area and now live in Seattle, and while the Portland tech scene is nothing to sneeze at, it absolutely is much smaller than the tech presence in Seattle.
Definitely agree here. No one is saying PDX doesn't have a thriving, up and coming tech market. But in Seattle, I'd bet that Amazon, Boeing and Microsoft alone represent a larger share of the tech industry than all of what currently exists in Portland.
Digressing for a moment, another notable industry not related to tech but certainly related to civilian travel is military installations; the Seattle area has the largest military presence on the U.S. west coast outside of San Diego, and it's arguably as large or larger than San Diego in terms of total military presence; while San Diego is primarily Navy/Marines, the Seattle area has major installations for all of the services. This includes a huge Army/AF presence at JBLM; Navy/Marine Corps at NAS Whidbey Island, shipyard in Bremerton, sub base in Bangor and carrier battle group at Everett; and the Coast Guard also, who have all of their icebreakers in downtown Seattle in addition to an air station in Port Angeles. All of these are within 100 miles of SEA and they don't all use Space-A to travel on personal or official business.
|Quoting RWA380 (Reply 35):|
I am miserable with a 50 minute dash between N satellite & C concourse during the morning or evening rush times.
Agreed. There are times when connecting in SEA really sucks. I try to avoid QX's YYJ-SEA flight like the plague because it's a miserable experience to connect; YYJ does not have pre-clearance so you have dash trash parking at SEA's international terminal with the heavies. You have to clear customs and then take at least one (usually two different) airport trains/trams to get to your connecting terminal. And unlike some airports, you absolutely have to take the tram to connect between some terminals at SEA; the longer walk between terminals is not an alternative. I've also found some SEA gates, particularly AS gates, to be incredibly overcrowded with inadequate seating for the size of the airplane. Never had any of these problems at PDX, which in my opinion also has more/better food options in the terminals if you're connecting.
|Quoting HPRamper (Reply 36):|
SAN-LAX is definitely closer than SEA-PDX, but I don't know what the flight frequency is between the two. I have never heard of anyone mention a SAN-LAX shuttle which is what I was more referring to.
Frequencies between SAN-LAX have gone down significantly over the last 10 years since American Eagle and Skywest/UAX ended turboprop service. I've flown on Eagle Saab 340's SAN-LAX and Skywest EMB-120's SAN-BUR/SAN-LAX. Both carriers at one time had hourly service M-F between SAN-LAX in the 90's. Just like SBA-LAX, the frequencies are substantially reduced due to the operating characteristics and capacity of the regional jet.
|Quoting RWA380 (Reply 44):|
Quoting HPRamper (Reply 39):
PDX is also a breeze to connect through in comparison.
|Quoting flyoregon (Reply 47):|
When TWA/AA flew PDX-STL
Great picture - taken in the early 2000's would be my guess. Anyone else notice how many DL tails there are? I used to fly DL 727's and 757's in the early/mid-90's between PDX-LAX and they were even flying 767's PDX-LAX at one point around 1995-1996. Like UA in the late 2000's, DL's presence at PDX has never been the same, but 20 years ago they were huge in PDX. That's why I balk whenever someone on here makes the myopic claim that AS has always been PDX's only hometown airline. They either weren't around or forget UA and DL in the 70's-90's.