Huge Alaska Route Expansion

Old Mar 12, 21, 9:01 am
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Huge Alaska Route Expansion

DTW-ANC
LAX-ANC
JFK-ANC
ATL-ANC
SEA-ANC going 7x daily
MSP-ANC going 3x daily
SLC-ANC going 2x daily

SLC-FAI
SEA-FAI going 3x daily
MSP-FAI going 2x daily

SEA-JNU returning
SEA-SIT returning
SEA-KTN returning

https://news.delta.com/alaska-awaits...nations-summer
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Old Mar 12, 21, 9:54 am
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I suspect we're going to see a massive schedule change for this summer on Saturday. The note for SEA is interesting - PR says that they serve 40 destinations from SEA. That number is lower than what I expected (would expect it to be at over 50 when including the international flights) - are they planning to cut some routes out of SEA permanently?
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Old Mar 12, 21, 10:00 am
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Love this line in the advertisement: "Vacationers traveling to and from Alaska will enjoy enhanced customer comfort as all flights to Anchorage, Fairbanks, and Juneau will be operated by larger mainline aircraft like the Boeing 737-900." Umm...I guess they truly are going after the vacation market that has no idea that the 737-900 is the worst a/c in the fleet
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Old Mar 12, 21, 10:05 am
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Looks like DL had expansion/addition plans of their own to/from Alaska as well!!!

https://thepointsguy.com/news/delta-new-alaska-routes/

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Old Mar 12, 21, 10:36 am
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Originally Posted by mattya9 View Post
Looks like DL had expansion/addition plans of their own to/from Alaska as well!!!

https://thepointsguy.com/news/delta-new-alaska-routes/

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The OP was referring to DL. I initially thought AS was targeting DL hubs from ANC!
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Old Mar 12, 21, 10:46 am
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Originally Posted by matchbox20_is View Post
The OP was referring to DL. I initially thought AS was targeting DL hubs from ANC!
Oops! Definitely misinterpreted the thread title and failed to actually read the link provided.
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Old Mar 12, 21, 11:11 am
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Originally Posted by The Situation View Post
Love this line in the advertisement: "Vacationers traveling to and from Alaska will enjoy enhanced customer comfort as all flights to Anchorage, Fairbanks, and Juneau will be operated by larger mainline aircraft like the Boeing 737-900." Umm...I guess they truly are going after the vacation market that has no idea that the 737-900 is the worst a/c in the fleet
More like going after Alaska Airlines, which features old/dingy interiors and zero entertainment.
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Old Mar 12, 21, 11:12 am
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Alaska is doing a very good job vaccinating it's citizens quickly. It would not shock me to see AK become a huge tourist hotspot this summer. Especially for those who are still going to be a bit warry of large crowds in the more traditional vacation spots, Disney, Theme parks, beaches, etc.
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Old Mar 12, 21, 11:15 am
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Originally Posted by DLASflyer View Post
More like going after Alaska Airlines, which features old/dingy interiors and zero entertainment.
That's rather harsh. To be fair, I think AS has been refreshing the cabins and they do offer BYOD IFE.
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Old Mar 12, 21, 11:23 am
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JFK-ANC comes out at 70 miles shorter than JFK-LHR. the idea of that on a domestic config first seat is painful to think about!
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Old Mar 12, 21, 11:25 am
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Big fan of the DTW-ANC addition. I have been wanting a return of that nonstop for years.

Even if it is onboard a 757, it is still a nonstop flight. Looking forward to it.
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Old Mar 12, 21, 11:34 am
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this is cool.

among other things, has JFK-ANC & SLC-FAI ever been done before on DL? I know DTW-ANC has.
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Old Mar 12, 21, 12:15 pm
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I've got an IAD-SEA-ANC coming up in July. Maybe I'll be lucky enough for a schedule change so I could jump to DCA-ATL-ANC.
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Old Mar 12, 21, 12:15 pm
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Originally Posted by The Situation View Post
Umm...I guess they truly are going after the vacation market that has no idea that the 737-900 is the worst a/c in the fleet
The only complainers are on this board to be fair. You put the average Joe in the same 30" seat in the back on ANY DL mainline aircraft and they couldn't tell you a lick of difference.
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Old Mar 12, 21, 12:37 pm
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This expansion isnít surprising for reasons noted already. Alaska is already a popular summer spot but outdoor type trips have become even more popular in the last year.

Originally Posted by VSLover View Post
JFK-ANC comes out at 70 miles shorter than JFK-LHR. the idea of that on a domestic config first seat is painful to think about!
And depending on the direction will be longer in terms of flight time since flight times heading west are longer than flights heading east.
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