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California Airport Set to Receive Largest-Ever Aircraft

San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport is slated to receive its largest scheduled aircraft type.

An Alaska Airlines Boeing 737-800 in Los Angeles. (Photo: William Derrickson)

California’s San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport (SBP) will soon receive its largest scheduled aircraft type to date. As first reported by Ishrion Aviation on Twitter/X, Alaska plans to upgrade its service from Seattle (SEA) from an Embraer E175 to a Boeing 737-800.

This aircraft change represents an increase of 83 seats per day starting on Oct. 1, 2024. The carrier currently serves the airport with E175-operated flights to Las Vegas, San Diego, Portland, and Seattle.

According to Cirium Diio schedule data, the airport sees approximately 30 scheduled flights per day. Along with Alaska, both American and United also serve SBP.

The Central Coast region airport’s longest runway is 6,100 feet. The previous record holder for largest aircraft went to United, which operates a 150-seat Airbus A320 from its Denver hub.

Coming out of the pandemic, SBP has seen strong growth as airlines continue to add capacity to the region. Comparing Q4 2019 and Q4 2024, airlines added 36% more scheduled capacity to the airport.

Located nearly 200 miles north of Los Angeles, the airport recently received a second daily flight to Dallas/Fort Worth on American along with an additional daily flight to LAX on United. 

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    Ryan founded AirlineGeeks.com back in February 2013 and has amassed considerable experience in the aviation sector. His work has been featured in several publications and news outlets, including CNN, WJLA, CNET, and Business Insider. During his time in the industry, he's worked in roles pertaining to airport/airline operations while holding a B.S. in Air Transportation Management from Arizona State University along with an MBA. Ryan has experience in several facets of the industry from behind the yoke of a Cessna 172 to interviewing airline industry executives. Ryan works for AirlineGeeks' owner FLYING Media, spearheading coverage in the commercial aviation space.

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