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Discussion in 'Alaska Airlines | Mileage Plan' started by HaveMilesWillTravel, Mar 3, 2013.
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Interesting read, IMO.
Fun read, thanks for posting!
I thought it was a bit of a strange article in that it didn't really have a clear conclusion or thesis. We learned that AS has a high market cap, which we knew, that they fly into tricky airports in Alaska and developed satellite-based approaches, cool, and then.... No real explanation of their business model or their alliance/partnership strategy or what their future holds. The article left me feeling unfilled and wanting more.
Hope your pilot had his coffee, vitamins and a good pair of glasses!
Thanks for that. Every pilot who's flown to Alaska has huge admiration for Alaska Airlines and their managerial and piloting skills. They're almost the only airline around that flies jets into "airports" full of FOD. Their jets mostly have gravel protection kits IIRC. I know the article was short on conclusions, but I liked it anyway.
I'm sure that would all pale in comparison to the adrenalin coursing through one's body doing those landings.
Excellent read, thanks!
I don't disagree, which is part of the reason why I didn't write a summary. The other reason was that I was on my iPad.
Still, I found a lot of interesting bits of information in the story.
It did discuss how Alaska's focus on technology and measurement allow it to be more efficient than other airlines. For example, the large upfront cost of satellite navigation paid off in reduced delays and cancellations. Also, measurements of so many items showed that shaving even one minute off average taxi times would in theory free up one plane equivalent a year.
Hmmm. AS does a pretty good job of boarding the aircraft promptly, but they often sit at gate 5-10 mins before they push. It's not always bags, often I think it's waiting for their numbers. Seems to me like they could save a lot more than one minute off average times by automating/speeding that calculation time.
I have noticed that lately, the wait time from door closing to pushback is much shorter than it used to routinely be (at least in my perception). Maybe because they no longer call for electronics off 20-30 minutes prior to push back anymore it just seems quicker to me.
Agree. Electronics berating has reduced dramatically - thank goodness!