Category Archives: Alaska Airlines

Alaska Airlines unveils a new 2019 Russell Wilson logo jet

Alaska Airlines has unveiled a new logo jet – “Flight 3”  and “Fly High” – in honor of Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson for the 2019 NFL season who also has an on-going business relationship with the airline.

The new special livery appears on Boeing 737-990ER N288AK (msn 60575).

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Alaska Airlines is urging flying guests to bring their own water bottles

Alaska Airlines made this announcement on its blog:

Mason jar packed with greens and veggies? Yep. A complete set of bamboo utensils? Got ‘em.

And maybe the most important item on Alaska Airlines flight attendant Rosie Tran’s pack list? Her own reusable water bottle – a key part of her holistic approach to wellness. “We can do so much for our own health, and for the health of the planet at the same time,” says Tran, who posts her tips on Instagram at @kaleintheclouds.

Today, Alaska is inviting guests to join flight attendants like Tran and #FillBeforeYouFly – a new initiative encouraging guests and employees to bring their own water bottles and become active partners in the airline’s goal to reduce single-use plastics. Members of Alaska’s Green Team, a group of employees devoted to education and innovation around environmental issues, will be at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport this morning to hand out water bottles provided by environmental leader MiiR, and to direct guests to water-filling stations. (See the Port of Seattle’s map for Sea-Tac locations.)

At Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, guests can find water-refill stations near every concourse. (Photo by Ingrid Barrentine)

“This is so exciting to get guests involved because it takes everybody to make a difference,” says Kim Fisher, Alaska reservations call center specialist and co-leader of the Green Team. “It can be so overwhelming to think about the environment, but the truth is everything we do counts.”

“We’re passionate about working with our guests, employees, airports and partners to reduce waste, protect habitats and improve water health,” says Diana Birkett Rakow, Alaska Airlines’ vice president of external relations. Plastics are among the top items found during beach cleanups worldwide, environmental organizations report. “Land, water and animals are incredibly special parts of the places we live and fly,” she says. “If just 10% of us flying Alaska bring our own prefilled water bottles when we fly, it would save over 700,000 plastic water bottles and 4 million plastic cups per year. That’s a big lift.”

To extend the initiative’s effect, Alaska Airlines is partnering with the Bonneville Environmental Foundation to plant a tree for every passenger who brings a prefilled water bottle on an Alaska flight and posts it to social media with the hashtag #FillBeforeYouFly. BEF’s goal is to plant 1 million trees on the West Coast to help reduce pollution and restore habitats for local fish and wildlife.

The “fill before” part of #FillBeforeYouFly is critical to the effort because Alaska policy doesn’t allow for personal water bottles to be filled directly during inflight beverage service. The policy is in place to manage the limited quantities of water available on flights.

The Green Team hopes guests will embrace #FillBeforeYouFly, which builds on years of efforts by Alaska and Horizon employees to reduce plastic waste throughout the companies:

  • In 2018, Alaska was the first major American airline to replace plastic straws and citrus picks on planes with marine-friendly alternatives. The effort, achieved in partnership with the environmental nonprofit Lonely Whale, eliminated 22 million pieces of inflight plastic waste each year. Lonely Whale is also a key partner in the #FillBeforeYouFly initiative, which aligns with Lonely Whale’s #HydrateLike campaign, popular on social media channels and inspiring individuals and companies to rethink reliance on single-use plastic bottles.
  • Alaska also recently replaced bottled beer with aluminum cans, which are lighter and easier to recycle.
  • In 2017, David Clarke, then a Horizon Air maintenance supervisor at Portland International Airport, found money in the budget to buy the Portland maintenance technicians their own personal water bottles and install three water fountains around the hangar and near the breakroom. The goal was to save the cost of buying pallets of plastic water bottles during hot summers, Clarke says – but the benefits multiplied: “Yes, it was an economic win by saving money,” he says. “It was also an environmental win in saving plastic. And a health win by encouraging people to drink more water.” Those water fountains, which have counters on them, have saved 176,621 water bottles so far just at the Portland hangar.

Alaska continues to look for ways to reduce its environmental impact – and has begun exploring alternatives to plastic water bottles and cups – but everyone realizes there is a lot of work ahead.

“We know this is a resource-intensive business with many stakeholders involved in the journey,” Birkett Rakow says. “We’re working with supply-chain partners and employees to come up with solutions to reduce waste, adopt sustainable practices and eliminate single-use plastics inflight.”

“Change takes time,” she says. “We value the collective impact our customers and employees can make today.”

Tran is excited to spread the word about #FillBeforeYouFly to her tens of thousands of social media followers, and she points out that an extra benefit of carrying a personal water bottle is that it’s a tangible reminder to hydrate regularly – vital for anyone who flies. “If you’re not careful, it can be so easy to use so much waste while traveling,” she says. “How I carry my food and hydrate can make a big difference.”

Green Team co-leader Fisher also has eliminated single-use plastics as much as possible in her life: She doesn’t use plastic bags ever – “If we forget one, we walk out of the store with a handful of groceries!” – and she always carries a reusable bottle and bamboo utensil kit. “Little things can have such a big impact,” Fisher says. “And let’s be honest: It’s not going to kill us to make these changes.”

Q. Want free early boarding on Alaska Airlines? A. Wear Seahawks number 3

Alaska Airlines made this announcement:

Ahead of the September 8 home opener, Alaska Airlines is bringing back a popular promotion: guests wearing a Russell Wilson No. 3 jersey will be granted early boarding on all Seattle-departing flights for the duration of the football season.

“Offering pre-boarding for guests sporting their No. 3 jerseys is just one way we celebrate our hometown quarterback here at Alaska Airlines,” said Natalie Bowman, Alaska Airlines’ managing director of brand and marketing communications. “We invite all Seattle sports fans to join us in cheering on Russell ahead of his team’s season opener.”

As Alaska Airlines’ Chief Football Officer, Wilson is committed to a multi-year partnership with the airline to build a strong local community. Wilson works with the airline to support youth charities and education programs, including:

  • Seattle Children’s hospital, where he visits patients every Tuesday during football season;
  • The Strong Against Cancer initiative to end childhood cancer;
  • His own Why Not You Foundation empowering kids to dream big, believe in themselves and have a “why not you” attitude;
  • The Russell Wilson Passing Academy, a football camp for developing young players; and
  • The airline’s annual No Time 2 Sleep event in South Seattle’s Highline Public Schools district encouraging graduates to define their goals and pursue their dreams.

Photo: Seattle Seahawks.

Alaska Airlines announces new service from San Luis Obispo

Alaska Airlines has announced it will launch daily nonstop service between San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport and San Diego International Airport on January 7, 2020, and San Luis Obispo Regional Airport and Portland International Airport on June 18, 2020.

Effective Date City Pair Departs Arrives Frequency Aircraft
Jan. 7, 2020 San Diego – San Luis Obispo 11:55 a.m. 1:07 p.m. Daily E175
Jan. 7, 2020 San Luis Obispo – San Diego 1:50 p.m. 2:57 p.m. Daily E175
June 18, 2020 Portland – San Luis Obispo 1:10 p.m. 3:18 p.m. Daily E175
June 18, 2020 San Luis Obispo – Portland 3:55 p.m. 6:03 p.m. Daily E175

Alaska will operate once daily nonstop service between San Luis Obispo and San Diego, and between San Luis Obispo and Portland, Oregon.

 

Alaska Airlines explains why some aircraft seats do not have a window view

Alaska Airlines issued this article:

You board your flight to Maui and head to your seat – 10A. You’re excited to have a view of the Pacific Ocean for the next five hours. However, when you get to your seat, you come to find that you’re in the only one on the aircraft without a window – the windowless window seat.

Have you ever wondered why this seat exists?

Every aircraft in Alaska’s Boeing fleet has a seat or two, on the left side forward of the wing, with either partial access to a window or no window at all.

“That’s the spot where Boeing places the air conditioning riser ducts from the belly – where the air conditioners are located – to the cabin ceiling, where the air distribution ducts are at,” said John Melvin, Alaska director of fleet engineering. “The vertical ducts are located behind the passenger compartment sidewall panels and they prevent the installation of a window in one row on the left side. This is standard on all Boeing 737 aircraft, not just ours.”

On Horizon Air’s Q400 fleet, there is also a partially blocked window at row 11.

“There is an obstruction of the view from the window due to electrical conduits that pass through that area similar to the Boeing 737,” said David White, Horizon director of fleet engineering. “It’s not a complete obstruction, but the windows are located pretty far forward and aft at that seat, so the visibility is not so good.”

So, there you have it. Mystery solved!

Here’s a breakdown of our aircraft with partial access to a window or no window at all:

• 737-700 – No window in Seat 9A
• 737-800 – No window in seat 10A
• 737-900/900ER– No window in seat 11A
• Q400 – Limited window view in row 11

Alaska Airlines expands West Coast service between Pacific Northwest and California

Alaska SkyWest (SkyWest Airlines) Embraer ERJ 170-200LR (ERJ 175) N400SY (msn 17000732) SNA (Michael B. Ing). Image: 947332.

Alaska Airlines has reaffirmed its commitment to the West Coast with new, nonstop service from the Pacific Northwest and the state of Alaska in the north, and from San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Diego in the south.

Starting in early January, guests will be able to travel eight new routes:

  • Spokane to Los Angeles (two daily departures)
  • Spokane to San Francisco (two daily departures)
  • Redmond / Bend, Oregon to Los Angeles
  • Redmond / Bend, Oregon to San Diego
  • Redmond / Bend, Oregon to San Francisco
  • Boise to Los Angeles (two daily departures)
  • Missoula, Montana to Los Angeles
  • Anchorage to San Francisco

New Spokane service:

Start Date Destination Departs Arrives Frequency Aircraft
Jan. 7 Spokane-Los Angeles 7:00 a.m. 9:40 a.m. Daily E175
Jan. 7 Spokane-Los Angeles 4:40 p.m. 7:20 p.m. Daily E175
Jan. 7 Los Angeles-Spokane 9:30 a.m. 12:10 p.m. Daily E175
Jan. 7 Los Angeles-Spokane 8:05 p.m. 10:45 p.m. Daily E175
March 19 Spokane-San Francisco 7:00 a.m. 9:28 a.m. Daily E175
March 19 Spokane-San Francisco 4:20 p.m. 5:49 p.m. Daily E175
March 19 San Francisco-Spokane 9:00 a.m. 11:12 a.m. Daily E175
March 19 San Francisco-Spokane 7:35 p.m. 9:47 p.m. Daily E175

New Redmond / Bend service:

Start Date Destination Departs Arrives Frequency Aircraft
Jan. 7 Redmond / Bend-

Los Angeles

6:00 p.m. 8:50 p.m. Daily E175
Jan. 7 Los Angeles-

Redmond / Bend

8:00 a.m. 10:39 p.m. Daily E175
March 19 Redmond / Bend-

San Diego

11:40 a.m. 2:08 p.m. Daily E175
March 19 San Diego-

Redmond / Bend

2:50 p.m. 5:19 p.m. Daily E175
March 19 Redmond / Bend-

San Francisco

7:00 a.m. 8:38 a.m. Daily E175
March 19 San Francisco-

Redmond / Bend

 6:35 p.m. 8:14 p.m. Daily E175

New Boise service:

Start Date Destination Departs Arrives Frequency Aircraft
March 19 Boise-Los Angeles 7:45 a.m. 8:58 a.m. Daily E175
March 19 Boise-Los Angeles 4:30 p.m. 5:45 p.m. Daily E175
March 19 Los Angeles-Boise 8:30 a.m. 11:33 a.m. Daily E175
March 19 Los Angeles-Boise 7:55 p.m. 10:58 p.m. Daily E175

New Missoula service:

Start Date Destination Departs Arrives Frequency Aircraft
March 19 Missoula-Los Angeles 7:00 p.m. 8:59 p.m. Daily E175
March 19 Los Angeles-Missoula 2:45 p.m. 6:24 p.m. Daily E175

New Anchorage service:

Start Date Destination Departs Arrives Frequency Aircraft
April 21 Anchorage-

San Francisco

11:45 a.m. 5:25 p.m. Daily 737
April 21 San Francisco-
Anchorage
9:45 a.m. 1:30 p.m. Daily 737

Alaska is also increasing the frequency of flights between certain markets:

  • Beginning January 7, there will be an additional flight between San Francisco and Orange County, California, for a total of seven daily nonstops. On March 19, there will be the addition of a second daily flight between San Francisco and Chicago O’Hare.
  • On January 7, the flight between San Diego and Orlando, which is currently flown five times a week, becomes daily nonstop service. Starting March 19, second daily flights will begin between San Diego and Boise, and San Diego and Santa Rosa, California. Also on March 19, nonstop service between San Diego and San Jose, California, increases from four to six flights daily. On May 21, a second daily flight between San Diego and Boston goes into service.

A majority of the new routes will be served by the Embraer 175 jet, an aircraft with only window and aisle seating – no middle seats. On all of the new routes, guests will enjoy award-winning service in a three-class cabin that includes First Class and Premium Class; a fresh, seasonal food and beverage menu; Most Free Movies in the Sky with hundreds of movies and TV shows available for viewing on personal devices; free texting on most flights; and Wi-Fi connectivity for purchase.

Alaska Airlines and its regional partners fly 46 million guests a year to more than 115 destinations with an average of 1,200 daily flights across the United States and to Mexico, Canada and Costa Rica.

Top Copyright Photo: Alaska SkyWest (SkyWest Airlines) Embraer ERJ 170-200LR (ERJ 175) N400SY (msn 17000732) SNA (Michael B. Ing). Image: 947332.

Alaska SkyWest aircraft photo gallery:

Current routes flown by SkyWest Airlines for Alaska Airlines:

5,200 Alaska Airlines employees ratify new five-year agreements

Alaska Airlines has made this announcement:

5,200 Alaska Airlines employees represented by the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers voted to ratify two new five-year agreements. The two agreements cover the nearly 4,500 clerical, office and passenger service employees and more than 700 ramp service and stores agent employees.

“We are proud of these five-year agreements,” said Jenny Wetzel, vice president of labor relations. “Clearly, our IAM employees felt the same way. This process was a great example of how collaboration can work to achieve improvements for both our employees’ futures and the long-term success of the company.”

The two new agreements include wage increases, work security and retirement enhancements among other improvements.

“IAM members at Alaska Airlines can be proud of these agreements as they provide the pay, job protections and better health benefits that they deserve,” said IAM District 142 President and Directing General Chairman Dave Supplee. “These contracts provide a strong foundation on which to continue building improvements that will better the lives of IAM members at Alaska Airlines.”

Collective bargaining agreements in the airline industry do not expire, they become amendable. Once an agreement becomes amendable, that agreement remains in effect until a new agreement is ratified.

Alaska Airlines aircraft (Airbus) photo gallery: