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  1. Sean Colahan
    Sean Colahan at |

    Wonder if they will end up eventually offering a “Boeing Shuttle” with service to ORD from Paine.

  2. David Fisher
    David Fisher at |

    PAE-SEA service would be faster than driving :p

  3. Robbo
    Robbo at |

    When I first saw the headline I did a double-take, I thought it was 2 stories, one about Competition at Paine Field and the other that United were going to actually deliver service in 2018. But then my heart sank, I realised United won’t be adding service in 2018. How good would that be…..

  4. Charles Hagadorn III
    Charles Hagadorn III at |

    I’m looking forward to this!

  5. Benjamin Stolt
    Benjamin Stolt at |

    Watch UA send an Airbus or a CRJ…

    1. Seth Miller
      Seth Miller at |

      AS is sending some Embraers. I won’t be surprised if UA uses regionals as well.

  6. Patrick Le Quere
    Patrick Le Quere at |

    This is a really exciting development, especially coming from an airline that used to be one of the biggest carriers in the Pacific Northwest, and got crushed by Alaska and Delta in Seattle while retreating significantly in Portland.

    United has done approximately nothing in the last 5+ years to appeal to customers in the fastest growing metro in the US. We’re left with a skeleton schedule to most hubs, token service to LAX on regional jets, and zero international or seasonal flights. Even connecting has become a challenge — there are a number of worldwide United destinations that are not accessible anymore without an overnight at a hub.

    A smart move in my book, which could also draw folks as far as Bellingham. A major issue will be access to PAE, though, with no current bus service, a near-zero possibility of train service in the next 20 years (unless you count the dying commuter line to Everett with a handful of trains a day as an option), and awful traffic on I-5.

    1. Seth Miller
      Seth Miller at |

      I’m under the impression that most folks in that catchment are drivers, not riders. But, yes, the traffic is awful and one of the goals here is to help people avoid it.