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Alaska Airlines’ flight attendants reject the tentative agreement, demand improvements

Alaska Airlines‘ (Seattle/Tacoma) flight attendants, represented by the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA), have voted down a tentative agreement with management.

According to the union, “negotiations began two years ago and, in May 2013, AFA filed for mediation with the National Mediation Board. During negotiations, Alaska Airlines earned record-breaking profits and continued to earn top awards and accolades for customer satisfaction with the assistance of the Flight Attendants. Next, AFA will re-survey the over 3,100 Flight Attendants to determine their top priorities.  The National Mediation Board retains oversight of future negotiations.”

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-990 N323AS (msn 30021) taxies to the active runway at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport base and hub.

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Alaska Airlines orders two additional Boeing 737-900 ERs

Alaska Airlines (Seattle/Tacoma) has ordered two additional 737-900 ER (Extended Range) airplanes.  The agreement, worth $192 million at current list prices, coincides with the direct delivery of the 100th Next-Generation 737 airplane (Boeing 737-990 ER N453AS, msn 36354) to Alaska Airlines.

The aircraft order and delivery of Alaska’s 100th Next-Generation 737 (N453AS) was marked by a special celebration and delivery flight attended by 50 frontline employees from the airline and 50 Boeing employees.

The largest and newest model in the Next-Generation 737 family, the 737-900 ER can carry up to 26 more passengers or fly about 500 nautical miles (926 km) farther than the 737-900. Alaska Airlines operates the 737-900 ER in a two-class configuration with 181 seats and features the Boeing Sky Interior.

The longer range of the 737-900 ER can connect distant city pairs across continents, such as Seattle/Tacoma andOrlando, Florida, in a generous two-class configuration. It has substantial economic advantages over competing models, including 6 percent lower operating costs per trip and 4 percent lower operating costs per seat mile.

The Boeing Sky Interior is the latest in a series of enhancements for both airlines and passengers that introduces new lighting and a curving architecture to create a distinctive entry way. Passengers enjoy a more open cabin feel and newly improved and expanded pivot bins. In addition, all of Alaska’s seats feature outlets providing dual 110-volt and USB power.

Alaska flies 131 Boeing 737 aircraft, including 14 737-900 ERs. The carrier has 68 firm orders for 737-900 ERs and 737 MAX aircraft to be delivered through 2022. Alaska took delivery of its first 737-900 ER in October 2012 and began adding Next-Generation 737s to their fleet in July 1999 with the first delivery of a 737-700.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-990 ER N408AS (msn 41732) climbs away from the runway at Los Angeles International Airport.

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Horizon Air to add two Bombardier Q400 Alaska University logo planes for Alaska flying


Alaska Airlines (Seattle/Tacoma) and Horizon Air (Seattle/Tacoma) have issued this announcement:

Mascots and school colors from two of Alaska’s most beloved and heated collegiate rivals, the University of Alaska Anchorage and the University of Alaska Fairbanks, will soon be featured on two of Alaska Airlines’ Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) turboprop aircraft. The colorful paint themes will be unveiled tonight (December 6) to a crowd of fans at the Sullivan Arena where the Alaska Nanooks and UAA Seawolf hockey teams will battle in the first of a four-game series to claim the Alaska Airlines Governor’s Cup.

“We’re thrilled to show Alaska Airlines’ strong support of education while growing our fleet of university paint themes with our first two schools in Alaska,” said Marilyn Romano, Alaska Airlines’ regional vice president – Alaska. “The UAA and UAF school colors will proudly fly between our two largest cities and from Anchorage to Kodiak.”

Like other university-themed aircraft operated for Alaska Airlines by its sister carrier, Horizon Air, the Nanook and Seawolf planes will be painted at no cost to the university and will fly primarily between Anchorage and Fairbanks and Anchorage and Kodiak when the carrier introduces the 76-seat DHC-8-402 (Q400) to the state of Alaska on March 3, 2014. The UAF and UAA planes will be painted and unveiled in February next year.


The UAF and UAA planes will be the 10th and 11th university-themed aircraft flown by Horizon Air since 2008. Other paint themes represent the universities of Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington, as well as Boise State, Montana State, Oregon State, San Diego State and Washington State. Alaska Airlines recently unveiled the “Spirit of Education”  (see below). The specially-themed Boeing 737-900 ER was dedicated to the students and staff of Raisbeck Aviation High School located in Tukwila, Washington.

Above Images: The University of Alaska Anchorage (top-green tail) and University of Alaska Fairbanks (second from top-blue tail) colors will be featured on two university-themed Q400 aircraft. (PRNewsFoto/Alaska Airlines)

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Bottom Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-990 ER N403AS (msn 41730) with the special “Supporting Education Helping Dreams Soar” markings for the Raisbeck Aviation High School departs from Los Angeles International Airport.

Alaska Airlines adds new routes from Salt Lake City

Alaska Airlines (Seattle/Tacoma) is what could be considered a strategic response move, will begin daily nonstop service between Salt Lake City and Portland, Oregon, Los Angeles, San Diego and San Jose, California, starting on June 9, and will add a third nonstop flight to its existing service between Salt Lake City and Seattle/Tacoma.

Salt Lake City is the home of a large hub of partner Delta Air Lines (Atlanta). Delta Air Lines has recently been adding new routes at Alaska’s Seattle/Tacoma hub.

Alaska Airlines first began service between Seattle/Tacoma and Salt Lake City on April 4, 2013.

Summary of new service:

Los Angeles-Salt Lake City

Start date

City pair Departs Arrives Frequency Aircraft

June 11

Los Angeles-Salt Lake City 5:35 p.m. 8:20 p.m. Daily 737

June 12

Salt Lake City-Los Angeles

7:00 a.m. 7:55 a.m. Daily 737

Portland-Salt Lake City

Start date

City pair Departs Arrives Frequency Aircraft
June 9 Portland-Salt Lake City 3:10 p.m. 6:00 p.m. Daily 737
June 10 Portland-Salt Lake City 9:50 a.m. 12:45 p.m. Daily CR7
June 9 Salt Lake City-Portland 6:50 p.m. 7:45 p.m. Daily 737
June 10 Salt Lake City-Portland 8:05 a.m. 9:05 a.m. Daily CR7

San Diego-Salt Lake City

Start date

City pair Departs Arrives Frequency Aircraft
June 10

San Diego-Salt Lake City

7:00 a.m. 9:55 a.m. Daily CR7
June 10 San Diego Salt Lake City 7:55 p.m. 10:45 p.m. Daily 737
June 10 Salt Lake City-San Diego 1:20 p.m. 2:20 p.m. Daily CR7
June 11 Salt Lake City-San Diego 8:30 a.m. 9:25 a.m. Daily 737

San Jose-Salt Lake City

Start date

City pair Departs Arrives Frequency Aircraft

June 12

San Jose-Salt Lake City 8:55 p.m. 11:40 p.m. Daily 737

June 13

Salt Lake City-San Jose 7:00 a.m. 8:00 a.m. Daily 737
Seattle-Salt Lake City
Start date City pair Departs Arrives Frequency Aircraft
Existing flight Seattle-Salt Lake City 7:00 a.m. 9:59 a.m. Daily 737
Existing  flight Seattle-Salt Lake City 1:10 p.m. 4:10 p.m. Daily 737
June 9 Seattle-Salt Lake City 8:30 p.m. 11:30 p.m. Daily CR7
June 10 Salt Lake City-Seattle 10:30 a.m. 11:40 a.m. Daily CR7
Existing flight Salt Lake City-Seattle 11:00 a.m. 12:07 p.m. Daily 737
Existing  flight Salt Lake City–Seattle 5:10 p.m. 6:17 p.m. Daily 737

All times based on local time zones.

The routes will be operated with Alaska Airlines Boeing 737 aircraft and SkyWest Airlines (Alaska SkyWest) (St. George, Utah) 70-seat Bombardier CRJ700 regional jets.

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum/AirlinersGallery.com. Alaska Airlines’ Boeing 737-990 WL N318AS (msn 30018) in the Spirit of Disneyland II special scheme taxies at the SeaTac hub.

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Thai Lion Air to launch operations on December 4

Thai Lion Air (Bangkok-Don Mueang) has secured its Air Operators Certificate (AOC) and is planning to launch scheduled low-fare passenger operations on December 4 with two new 215-seat Boeing 737-900 ERs. The first routes will be from Don Mueang to Chiang Mai, Jakarta and Kuala Lumpur according to the Bangkok Post. The low-cost carrier will add Singapore, Guangzhou, Hong, Shenzhen, Delhi and Mumbai next year.

Thai Lion Air is part of the Lion Air Group.

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Copyright Photo: Joe G. Walker/AirlinersGallery.com. The pictured Boeing 737-9GP ER N5515R (msn 38738) became HS-LTI when it was handed over on October 18, 2013 in Seattle.

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United to start Chicago O’Hare-San Juan flights tomorrow

United Airlines (Chicago) tomorrow (November 5) will begin daily nonstop flights from its hub at Chicago O’Hare International Airport to Luis Munoz Marín International Airport in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Flight UA 1688 will depart Chicago O’Hare at 8:27 a.m. (0827) daily, arriving in San Juan at 3:05 p.m. (1505). The return flight, UA 1718, will depart San Juan at 3:55 p.m. (1555) and arrive in Chicago at 7:19 p.m. (1919). The service will be operated with Boeing 737-900 aircraft, with seating for 20 in United First, 51 in Economy Plus and 96 in Economy.

United will begin additional seasonal nonstop service between Chicago O’Hare and San Juan on December 4, 2013. Flight UA 1448 will depart Chicago O’Hare at 4:10 p.m. (1610) daily, arriving in San Juan at 10:48 p.m. (2248). The return flight, UA 1405, will depart San Juan at 7:05 a.m. (0705), arriving in Chicago at 10:29 a.m. (1029). The seasonal service will operate until January 6, 2014.

With the addition of the Chicago flights, United will offer nonstop service between Puerto Rico and five of its hubs. The airline already serves Puerto Rico nonstop from Cleveland, Houston (Bush Intercontinental), Newark and Washington, D.C./Dulles.

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-924 WL N32404 (msn 30121) taxies to the runway at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.

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Newsworthy Photo of the Day – May 27, 2013

Batik Air-Lion Group Boeing 737-9GP ER WL PK-LBO (msn 38731) HNL (Erik Nugal). Image: 912276.

Copyright Photo: Erik Nugal.

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