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Old Apr 20, 19, 9:37 am
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Alaska - Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport (XNA) Update

hearing that XNA officials finally got a meeting with Alaska scheduled for next week
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Old Apr 20, 19, 11:05 am
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XNA is the closest airport to Walmart HQ.
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Old Apr 20, 19, 12:36 pm
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XNA has maintained a very weak schedule to the West Coast. ITA Matrix shows Monday's schedule as 2x AA E175 to LAX, and 1x UA E75 to SFO.
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Old Apr 20, 19, 2:18 pm
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Originally Posted by 3Cforme View Post
XNA has maintained a very weak schedule to the West Coast. ITA Matrix shows Monday's schedule as 2x AA E175 to LAX, and 1x UA E75 to SFO.
my initial reaction to this thread title is “So what?” ...

as with most other conversations about prospective AS destinations, insight into O/D traffic on these three routes, as well as SEA/PDX<—>XNA traffic over AA/UA/DL hubs, would be useful
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Old Apr 20, 19, 2:22 pm
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XNA has maintained a very weak schedule to the West Coast. ITA Matrix shows Monday's schedule as 2x AA E175 to LAX, and 1x UA E75 to SFO.
Not too shabby for the 105th largest MSA in the country tho.

XNA is feeling it after getting Frontier last week, as well as yet another AA nonstop (PHL). Seattle and Bentonville are the two largest retail centers in the world now tho, so this could make sense (as well as picking up Asia feed heading to $WMT, which is what the LAX and SFO flights also cater to obv.)
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At least at one time, it was possible to fly LAX to somewhere on the East Coast, perhaps LGA on an EMB-145 with a stop in XNA. Someone must have been on one of those flights.
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Walmart IT office is in the bay area. I've a friend who works for them and she uses the UA nonstop. The schedule is pretty bad for SFO based flyer since it's evening SFO-XNA and early morning back.

If AS schedules a prime time morning SFO-XNA and afternoon back, they'll get all of Walmart's business. A E75 should work fine on this route.
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Walmart IT office is in the bay area. I've a friend who works for them and she uses the UA nonstop. The schedule is pretty bad for SFO based flyer since it's evening SFO-XNA and early morning back.
to my mind, thatís a pretty ideal schedule for people in the SF office who have to make a one- or two-day mid-week trip to HQ ... at least half a day in the office before leaving, and at least half a day in the office after the return flight
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Old Apr 21, 19, 2:13 pm
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Originally Posted by Toshbaf View Post
At least at one time, it was possible to fly LAX to somewhere on the East Coast, perhaps LGA on an EMB-145 with a stop in XNA. Someone must have been on one of those flights.
yeah that's it, via AA and yes to LGA. for all i know it might still exist too, since AA is still 2X daily to LAX and 2X daily to LGA
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Old Apr 21, 19, 2:14 pm
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Walmart IT office is in the bay area. I've a friend who works for them and she uses the UA nonstop. The schedule is pretty bad for SFO based flyer since it's evening SFO-XNA and early morning back.

If AS schedules a prime time morning SFO-XNA and afternoon back, they'll get all of Walmart's business. A E75 should work fine on this route.
would it really start from SFO tho since there's already a competitor? seems like, if the traffic projections warrant, SEA is where it would come from.
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to my mind, thatís a pretty ideal schedule for people in the SF office who have to make a one- or two-day mid-week trip to HQ ... at least half a day in the office before leaving, and at least half a day in the office after the return flight
And even more ideal for someone XNA based (where the travel decision making is more likely to be made along with more senior execs) that can fly out for their meeting and be back to sleep in their own bed.
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Old Apr 22, 19, 10:56 am
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would it really start from SFO tho since there's already a competitor? seems like, if the traffic projections warrant, SEA is where it would come from.
Could be SJC, but as I recall their offices are in Foster City so SFO would be closer.
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Originally Posted by 3Cforme View Post
XNA has maintained a very weak schedule to the West Coast. ITA Matrix shows Monday's schedule as 2x AA E175 to LAX, and 1x UA E75 to SFO.
Umm...thatís an excellent schedule. For most airports and metro areas of this size on the east half of the country maintain exactly 0 daily flights to California.
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Old Apr 23, 19, 7:06 am
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My point is, don't expect a SEA flight any time soon. I don't think I would describe XNA on east half. Unloved middle, maybe.
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My point is, don't expect a SEA flight any time soon. I don't think I would describe XNA on east half. Unloved middle, maybe.
I can't see an AS Bay Area flight either. "OK, so you can take UA to China/Japan/etc, or you can combine AS+, uh, HU or JL I guess? And oh, look, UA's now selling flights out of XNA for $15. Good times, I guess we like losing money."

If AS is basically blowing off corporate business by not offering a competitive transcon product out of SFO/LAX, chasing after Walmart in XNA (when they can offer ZERO connectivity east of XNA) seems a bit schizophrenic.
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