I wonder how long before all those big, plush lounge chairs get replaced with the usual, higher density "Thou shalt not nap before departure!" chairs every other airport I've been in uses.
Ever since I've seen these interior shots of the PAE terminal, I've wondered what the designers were thinking (or smoking?)
It's great to make an airport waiting room look more like an airline private lounge and I suppose it might work for a small, lightly used passenger terminal with a handful of CRJs each day.
That is not a description of PAE. With what, 24 daily flights, I believe all 70+ seaters at a minimum, located in the PNW -- land of potential year-round weather delays -- and a whopping 2 (or is it now 3?) gate positions, how many pax waiting to depart on 2 to 3 flights at a time, through most of the day, will that terminal have to handle? Then throw in a couple of late departures due to wx, I can just see the relatively few chairs available will be full with possibly hundreds of additional people sitting on the floor, and those cute little tables, or just standing shoulder-to-shoulder waiting for their turn to board and depart. Most of the time, those pretty, plush armchairs will not even be visible! The complaints will start almost immediately.
Nice appearance for the pre-release photos but I would bet that within a week of UA beginning service at the end of March, things will look a LOT different at the Everett terminal. If not long before that time.