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Alaska Airlines starts flying to Charleston, South Carolina

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Alaska Airlines today (November 16) started a new route connecting Boeing’s two main airliner assembly destinations. The airline is expanding its Seattle/Tacoma hub with new service from Seattle to Charleston, South Carolina. Charleston is the seventh new city the carrier has added this year, following last month’s start of service from Seattle/Tacoma to Raleigh/Durham.




Flights will be operated with Next Generation 737 aircraft four days a week.

Alaska launches four new routes today

Alaska SkyWest (SkyWest Airlines) Embraer ERJ 170-200LR (ERJ 175) N171SY (msn 17000485) SEA (Tony Storck). Image: 928989.

Alaska Airlines (Seattle/Tacoma) today began flying four new routes that enhance its West Coast network. The new routes are between: Portland, Oregon, and Austin, Texas; Eugene, Oregon, and San Jose, California; Los Angeles and Monterey, California; and Boise, Idaho and Reno, Nevada.

All flights, except the Portland-Austin route, will be operated by Alaska’s sister carrier Horizon Air, using a 76-seat Bombardier Q400 aircraft.

The Portland-Austin flights will be operated for Alaska by SkyWest Airlines, using new 76-seat Embraer 175 jets. The E175 jet features 12 seats in first class and 64 in coach, and with cabin dimensions on par with a 737.

Copyright Photo: Tony Storck/ Alaska SkyWest (SkyWest Airlines) Embraer ERJ 170-200LR (ERJ 175) N171SY (msn 17000485)

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Horizon Air to fly from Orange County to Santa Rosa and Reno

Named in honor of founder Milton G. Kuolt II

Alaska Airlines (Seattle/Tacoma) will add new service from Orange County, California to Santa Rosa/Sonoma County, California and Reno/Lake Tahoe, Nevada starting on March 16, 2016.

The flights will be operated by Horizon Air using 76-seat Q400 aircraft.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/ Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) N434MK (msn 4227) is named for founder Milton G. Kuolt II.

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Alaska Airlines begins flying to Costa Rica

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Alaska Airlines (Seattle/Tacoma) inaugurated new service between Los Angeles International Airport and Costa Rica’s two major international airports. The eight weekly flights from Los Angeles (LAX) to San Jose (SJO) and Liberia/Guanacaste (LIR), Costa Rica, started Saturday and Sunday respectively, and is the first international destination Alaska has launched since 1991, when the Seattle-based airline introduced seasonal service to Magadan, Russia.

The new flights will be operated with fuel-efficient, next generation Boeing 737-800 aircraft.

Copyright Photo: Alaska Airlines.

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Emirates and Alaska Airlines to codeshare

Emirates (Dubai) today (October 26) announced a new codeshare and lounge agreement with Alaska Airlines (Seattle/Tacoma).

Emirates continued:

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Pending governmental approval, Emirates will begin marketing up to 300 daily Alaska Airlines flights, which will give customers the simplicity of purchasing connecting flights on both airlines using one reservation, and a seamless ticketing, check-in, boarding and baggage check experience during the entire journey. In addition, the new codeshare agreement will feature several other new benefits including reciprocal lounge access and priority boarding and check-in for elite fliers.

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With two daily flights now departing from Dubai to Seattle/Tacoma, the enhanced codeshare agreement gives passengers easy connections to 49 cities including Honolulu, Denver, Las Vegas, Portland, Phoenix, Pullman, Sacramento, Spokane, Anchorage, Juneau, and Fairbanks as well as Canadian destinations such as Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver and Victoria.

Top Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems/ Emirates Boeing 777-36N ER A6-EBC (msn 32790) taxies to the gate at Amsterdam.

Below Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough/ Alaska Airlines Boeing 737-990 ER N474AS (msn 40715) with the revised titles and winglet markings arrives at Baltimore/Washington.

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Alaska Air Group reports 3Q GAAP net income of $274 million

Alaska Air Group, Inc., (Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air) (Seattle/Tacoma) today reported third quarter 2015 GAAP net income of $274 million, or $2.14 per diluted share, compared to $198 million, or $1.45 per diluted share in the third quarter of 2014. Excluding the impact of mark-to-market fuel hedge adjustments of $5 million ($3 million after tax, or $0.02 per diluted share), the company reported record adjusted net income of $277 million, or $2.16 per diluted share, compared to adjusted net income of $200 million, or $1.47 per diluted share in 2014.

“This was the busiest summer in our 83 year history and represents our highest quarterly profit ever,” said CEO Brad Tilden. “I want to thank our employees who are building a fundamentally strong business and our customers for their incredible loyalty and support.”

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Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/ Alaska Airlines is gradually phasing out its aging Boeing 737-400s. The type is expected to be gone by the end of 2017. Boeing 737-4Q8 N755AS (msn 25096) arrives at Los Angeles International Airport.

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Alaska Airlines takes delivery of the first Boeing 737-900 ER featuring Boeing’s new “Space Bins”

Alaska Airlines (Seattle/Tacoma) and Boeing (Chicago, Seattle and Charleston) have jointly issued this statement about the delivery of the first Boeing 737 with Boeing’s new “Space Bins”:

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Boeing and hometown partner Alaska Airlines celebrated the first 737 featuring Boeing’s new Space Bins, which increase the room for carry-on baggage by 48 percent. Alaska is the launch customer of Space Bins.

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Alaska will take delivery of 34 Next-Generation 737s and one 737 MAX in the next two years and will also begin retrofitting 34 aircraft with the Boeing Sky Interior, primarily 737-900 ERs (Extended Range), in 2016.

Each Space Bin stows six bags, two more than the current pivot bins installed on Next-Generation 737s with the Boeing Sky Interior. That’s based on a standard size carry-on bag measuring 9 in x 14 in x 22 in (23 cm x 36 cm x 56 cm).

When open, the bottom edge of a Space Bin hangs about 2 inches (5 centimeters) lower, so travelers can lift their carry-on bags more easily. The deeper bins allow more bags to be stowed and increase visibility into the back of the bins. Alaska Airlines also reports that the Space Bins, designed without a flight attendant bin assist mechanism, are easier to close.

Alaska Airlines is installing Space Bins on all its 737-900 ERs and 737 MAX aircraft currently on order and by 2017 will have 69 airplanes, or 46 percent of its passenger fleet, outfitted with Space Bins.

In other news, Alaska Airlines yesterday (October 9) began nonstop service from Orange County, California, to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. The flights are year-round and will operate three times a week.

Boeing’s Space Bins are available as an optional feature on in-production Next-Generation 737s and 737 MAXs. Space Bins are also available for retrofit on in-service Next-Generation 737s.

Photo: Boeing.

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