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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 UNIVERSITY-THEMED Q400 AIRCRAFT

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.

ALASKA AIRLINES UNIVERSITY-THEMED Q400 AIRCRAFT

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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Alaska Airlines is upgrading its aircraft with new seats and power outlets

Alaska Airlines (Seattle/Tacoma) is upgrading its fleet and interiors. According to the airline, “passengers starting this fall will enjoy new aircraft seats that feature a personal space-enhancing design and are equipped with power outlets. The airline is also nearing a decision on an enhanced inflight entertainment system that will allow customers to watch movies, television shows and other programming streamed to any Wi-Fi-enabled device.”

The $100 million project to upgrade the cabins on all of Alaska’s Boeing 737-800, -900 and -900 ER aircraft is expected to be finished by the end of 2014.

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Cabin Photo: Alaska Airlines.

Alaska Airlines became the North America launch customer for the main cabin Recaro seat when the carrier took delivery of its first Boeing 737-900 ER in November 2012. The seat’s slimmer design and location of the literature pocket at the top of the seat back enables Alaska to reconfigure its cabins while maintaining the same passenger comfort standards and personal space that are on its aircraft today. Six seats will be added to the airline’s 737-800s and nine seats to its 737-900s.

Alaska will be the only U.S. airline to provide power outlets at every seat on its equipped aircraft, which will include nearly three-quarters of the fleet. The outlets, supplying both 110-volt and USB power for tablets and smart phones, will be conveniently located on the seatback in front of each passenger.

The inflight entertainment solution under consideration will allow programming to be streamed wirelessly from a server onboard the aircraft to any Wi-Fi-enabled device, including passengers’ own laptops, tablets and smart phones as well as tablets provided by Alaska.

After reconfiguring its aircraft, Alaska Airlines’ 737-800s will accommodate 163 passengers (16 in first class and 147 in the main cabin). The carrier’s 737-900s will accommodate 181 passengers (16 in first class and 165 in the main cabin). Its 737-900 ERs, which are not being reconfigured with more seats, also accommodate 16 passengers in first class and 165 in the main cabin. Alaska Airlines’ aircraft will provide passengers with the current fleet standard seat pitch of 31 to 32 inches and 3 inches of recline.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing. Boeing 737-990 ER N408AS (msn 41732) arrives at Los Angeles.

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Alaska Airlines warns its customers to expect delays at impacted airports due to FAA ATC controller layoffs starting today

Alaska Airlines (Seattle/Tacoma), along with many other U.S. airlines, are now warning their passengers that there may be significant ATC delays starting today due to planned cutbacks of FAA controllers due to the sequestration budget cuts. The airline issued this statement:

In response to sequestration budget cuts, Alaska Airlines is recommending that customers check the status of their flight before leaving for the airport and allow additional time to check in when traveling to or from Chicago O’Hare, Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood, Los Angeles, Newark, San Diego and San Francisco. The Federal Aviation Administration plans to furlough air traffic controllers starting Sunday (April 21), which the agency predicts could cause extensive ground delays ranging from 50 minutes to two hours and a reduction in flight arrivals of 30 to 40 percent at certain airports.

Alaska Airlines does not intend to pre-cancel any flights. The carrier is recommending that customers arrive at the airport two hours before departure for domestic flights and three hours before departure for international flights. Connection time between flights, especially when arriving from Mexico or Canada, may be challenging as travelers will need to clear customs and immigration. Travelers booking future flights are encouraged to allow adequate connection times in case air traffic delays continue.

“While we hope the impact of these FAA furloughs does not cause massive flight delays across the country, it is with an abundance of care for our customers that we caution them—especially travelers flying to or from Los Angeles, San Diego and San Francisco where we have several daily flights,” Alaska Airlines Chief Operating Officer Ben Minicucci said.

Minicucci said the airline has contingency plans in place to divert flights and shuttle passengers to and from nearby airports should widespread delays occur. The airline will allow passengers who miss flights to rebook their travel when space is available, with no increase in fare or change fee.

While the FAA says ground delays are expected to impact six airports Alaska Airlines serves, rolling delays could affect the carrier’s entire 95-city operation and cause crew scheduling issues that would force the cancellation of dozens of flights.

The airline is encouraging the public to share their feedback about the FAA’s staffing cutbacks at www.dontgroundamerica.com.

Alaska Airlines operates more than 800 flights a day including an average of:

  • 38 daily roundtrip flights to/from Los Angeles
  • 20 daily roundtrip flights to/from San Diego
  • 16 daily roundtrip flights to/from San Francisco
  • 5 daily roundtrip flights to/from Chicago O’Hare
  • 2 daily roundtrip flights to/from Newark
  • 1 daily roundtrip flight to/from Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood

Airlines are seeking court action to stop the FAA furloughs. Please see the report by Reuters: CLICK HERE

FAA Airport Delay Map: CLICK HERE

Click on this map below for the latest airport information:

FAA Airport Delay Map

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing. Boeing 737-990 WL N318AS (msn 30018) in the Spirit of Disneyland II departs from Anchorage International Airport.

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