Monday, August 10, 2015

Alaska Airlines uses 76-seat regional jets on Portland routes

 Alaska Airlines (SkyWest Airlines) Embraer 175LR (ERJ-170-200LR) (c/n 17000485) N171SY arrives at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SAE KSEA) on July 23, 2015.
(Photo by Joe G. Walker)

Alaska Airlines is using new 76-seat regional jets to compete on monopoly routes at Portland International Airport (PDX) and provide an unchallenged nonstop link to Omaha, a popular market for connecting traffic.

Alaska already offers more flights from Portland than any other airline, but it will use SkyWest Airlines’ Embraer E-175s to introduce new competition on flights to Kansas City and Minneapolis-St. Paul from Feb. 18.

Those flights are operated by a single airline today, according to Alaska and the airport. Southwest Airlines flies between Portland to Kansas City daily, and Delta Air Lines says it offers between two and seven flights from Portland to Minneapolis/St. Paul per day depending on the season.

Omaha ranks tenth on a list of top origin and destination markets with no nonstop flights from PDX, airport spokeswoman Kama Simonds said. Topping the list are the Florida cities Orlando, Tampa and Fort Lauderdale. Alaska starts PDX-Omaha flights on Feb. 16.

(Photo by Joe G. Walker)

Alaska recently announced that it would offer year-round service between Portland and Austin in November, which SkyWest also will fly with the E-175. Southwest flies that route today, but only on a seasonal basis. Alaska also began Portland-St. Louis service in July.

SkyWest’s new 76-seat E-175s are allowing Alaska to add what it calls “long, thin” routes. Alaska EVP and chief revenue officer Andrew Harrison has described these flights as being too long for Horizon Air’s Bombardier Q400 turboprops, but lacking the demand to fill one of its mainline Boeing 737s.

(Kristin Majcher - ATWOnline News)

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