AS announces ANC-MSP

Old Mar 19, 21, 6:18 am
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AS announces ANC-MSP

Weekends only, June 19 through August 15.

I am sure it has absolutely nothing to do with DL starting weekend service into ANC from JFK/DTW/LAX over that exact same time period.

Regardless, itís nice to see ANC get some love.

https://newsroom.alaskaair.com/2021-...apolis-St-Paul
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Old Mar 19, 21, 6:27 am
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Ha.

Slow frequency however.

And nothing for FAI.
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Old Mar 19, 21, 6:34 am
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Originally Posted by beckoa View Post
Ha.

Slow frequency however.

And nothing for FAI.
I am halfway surprised they didnít announce ANC-SLC at the same time.

I can see FAI-ORD starting to make some sense on AS with the OW tie-in as an eventual response to DL taking FAI-MSP year round. That said, AS doesnít care as much about FAI as they do ANC so they may be willing to let DL have that one.
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Originally Posted by Chugach View Post
I am halfway surprised they didnít announce ANC-SLC at the same time.

I can see FAI-ORD starting to make some sense on AS with the OW tie-in as an eventual response to DL taking FAI-MSP year round. That said, AS doesnít care as much about FAI as they do ANC so they may be willing to let DL have that one.
Yes, ANC-SLC I'd expect as well. And for some, an ANC-BOI would be exciting. That would allow for a fairly direct connection to AUS, and an ABC routing- ANC-BOI-CHI

On a more serious note, the flight times look very reasonable!
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With AA offering 787 service to DFW, including lie flat in J and a PE cabin with a "real" PE cabin (roughly equivalent to AS F hard product),the AS product will be the poor cousin other than for O&D traffic to MSP and perhaps close-by connections not wanting to travel via DFW.
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With AA offering 787 service to DFW, including lie flat in J and a PE cabin with a "real" PE cabin (roughly equivalent to AS F hard product),the AS product will be the poor cousin other than for O&D traffic to MSP and perhaps close-by connections not wanting to travel via DFW.
DFW is pretty out of the way for a lot of connections, but given the lack of onward feed from MSP I have to assume this is mostly going to be O&D on that end - AA only has flights to eight hubs from MSP. Condor and Icelandair also serve MSP but I canít imagine that there will be a lot of traffic connecting to/from
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DFW is pretty out of the way for a lot of connections, but given the lack of onward feed from MSP I have to assume this is mostly going to be O&D on that end - AA only has flights to eight hubs from MSP. Condor and Icelandair also serve MSP but I canít imagine that there will be a lot of traffic connecting to/from
those
AS interlines with DE, but not FI.
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AS interlines with DE, but not FI.
Interlines? They sure were able to check my baggage SFO-SEA-KEF in 2019 from AS to FI.
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Old Mar 19, 21, 12:51 pm
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Originally Posted by Often1 View Post
With AA offering 787 service to DFW, including lie flat in J and a PE cabin with a "real" PE cabin (roughly equivalent to AS F hard product),the AS product will be the poor cousin other than for O&D traffic to MSP and perhaps close-by connections not wanting to travel via DFW.
ANC-MSP on AS is about flipping the bird to DL (and maybe a lesser extent SY) and not much else.
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AS interlines with DE, but not FI.
Really?

https://www.alaskaair.com/content/mi...er-overview:FI

So what are they going to do, make you recheck baggage on an 85 minute connection? That's pretty much the first time I've ever heard that AS doesn't interline with a partner they can actually book a ticket on. You got a source for that?


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AS Interlines on Paper Ticket and Baggage but not E-Ticket

AS does have interline agreements with FI for paper ticket issue and baggage. It does not have an interline agreement for e-tickets.



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Alaska has to have an IET (interline e-ticket agreement) in order to procure flights for FI on the booking engine or in Sabre. Paper tickets have been "outlawd" for at least 5, 6 years now? Maybe that image you have is just old.

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AS does have interline agreements with FI for paper ticket issue and baggage. It does not have an interline agreement for e-tickets.
They don't have an e-ticket interline agreement with a frequent flyer and codeshare partner? Really?
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Old Mar 19, 21, 3:13 pm
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They don't have an e-ticket interline agreement with a frequent flyer and codeshare partner? Really?
Maybe they send paper tickets over by combination of Pony Express and clipper ship.
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Originally Posted by eponymous_coward View Post
Maybe they send paper tickets over by combination of Pony Express and clipper ship.
And carrier pigeon

Last I checked, though probably not as accurate post COVID, FI operates ANC-KEF directly a few days a week and SEA-KEF daily with good connecting times, so unlikely that people are running out of their way to connect via MSP...except for a few around here.
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