Airnerd wrote:I wonder if routes like SEA and GEG got to the jet just from a product standpoint.
Could very well be. But on PDX-SEA (every 30 min all day long), I can't believe there would be any time savings or economic benefit to moving to the jet. That route is a perfect case for the fast props. I'm sure I don't have the full picture, but I still can't imagine that 4-6 spots is going to be adequate for PDX prop activity in the future. There are 14 ground loading gates on A concourse today and 5 or 6 on E that will go away with the extension planned. Seems wild they would go from ~20 prop-suitable gates to 4 or 6 while planning for the future. But then perhaps AAG is telling them something different about the future of the props than what they've said publicly.
I would hope that the Q400s are with QX for a while longer. Sure the 175s are nice, but I would imagine the economics of the Q400 are better and allow for service to airports that otherwise wouldn't be served. I'm thinking specifically of some of the 1x/day flights QX operates to BLI, PSC, STS and I'm sure others.
All of DL's flights to SEA are on jets, I haven't looked at flight times but considering how short a distance the route is I would agree there is probably no benefit to operating anything more than Q400s.
Has AAG publicly stated if the new 175s for QX are for expansion or Q400 replacement/augmentation?