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Alaska Airlines announces new nonstop service between Sacramento, California and Kona, Hawaii

Alaska Airlines Boeing 737-890 SSWL N590AS (msn 35687) SNA (Michael B. Ing). Image: 941631.

Alaska Airlines has announced the addition of a new nonstop service between Sacramento, California, and Kona on Hawaii’s Big Island. The new service, which is scheduled to begin December 20, will be the only nonstop flight offered between the two destinations with a flight frequency of three times a week. Alaska currently offers nonstop service from Sacramento to Maui, Hawaii.

 

Effective Dates City pair Departs Arrives Frequency Aircraft
Dec. 20 – Jan. 5 Sacramento – Kona 12:15 p.m. 4:20 p.m. Tue, Thur, Sat 737
Dec. 20 – Jan. 5 Kona – Sacramento 2:05 p.m. 9:32 p.m. Mon, Wed, Fri 737
 Jan. 6 onward Sacramento – Kona 11:30 a.m. 3:35 p.m. Tue, Thur, Sat 737
Jan. 6 onward Kona – Sacramento 12:30 p.m. 7:57 p.m. Tue, Thur, Sat 737
Please note: The flight schedule is adjusted two weeks after initial start of service. Flight times based on local time zones.

Copyright Photo: Alaska Airlines Boeing 737-890 SSWL N590AS (msn 35687) SNA (Michael B. Ing). Image: 941631.

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Alaska Air Cargo grows service 40% across North America with Airbus aircraft

First Airbus A321 in full Alaska livery

Starting tomorrow, Alaska Air Cargo expands its cargo lift capacity by 40 percent in the continental U.S. by utilizing the 71 Airbus aircraft that became part of the Alaska Airlines fleet as part of its merger with Virgin America. Alaska Air Cargo will utilize the belly space in these aircraft to provide customers with new shipping destinations and increased frequencies throughout the Alaska Airlines system.

With millions of pounds of new aircraft capacity from coast-to-coast, customers can ship everything from fresh seafood to e-commerce purchases and other time-sensitive materials. Before the merger, Virgin America did not provide cargo service.

Alaska Air Cargo serves 93 destinations offering customers reliable cargo services and the competitive advantage of Alaska Airlines broad and enhanced flight network.

In addition to increased belly load capacity, Alaska Air Cargo recently upgraded their fleet to include three 737-700 retrofitted freighter aircraft. With the addition of a dedicated all-freighter fleet, Alaska Air Cargo provides reliable scheduled and drop-in service for 19 communities across Alaska; connecting them to the cargo hub in Seattle.

Alaska Air Cargo transports more than 170 million pounds of cargo annually—including seafood, mail and freight —and operates the most extensive air cargo operation on the U.S. West Coast of any passenger airline.

Alaska Airlines is now redeploying the ex-Virgin America aircraft to other non VA markets and routes.

According to Airline Route, Alaska is now assigning the Airbus fleet to the following routes this summer:

A319
Los Angeles – Chicago O’Hare
Seattle/Tacoma – Las Vegas
Seattle/Tacoma – Portland OR

A320
Los Angeles – Los Cabos
Portland OR – San Diego
Portland OR – Seattle/Tacoma
San Diego – Los Cabos
San Jose CA – New York JFK
Seattle/Tacoma – Austin
Seattle/Tacoma – Burbank
Seattle/Tacoma – New York JFK
Seattle/Tacoma – Orange County
Seattle/Tacoma – San Jose CA
Seattle/Tacoma – Washington Dulles

A321
Los Angeles – Chicago O’Hare
Los Angeles – Washington Dulles
San Francisco – Boston
Seattle/Tacoma – New York JFK

Top Copyright Photo: Alaska Airlines Airbus A321-253N WL D-AVXY (N928VA) (msn 8246) XFW (Gerd Beilfuss). Image: 942212.

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Summer menu from Alaska Airlines (in First Class)

From the Alaska Airlines blog:

How does brioche French toast with rhubarb thyme compote, real maple syrup and scrambled eggs sound for breakfast? Or, if it’s dinner time, perhaps some miso ginger beef with mesclun mix, tomatoes, cucumbers, radishes and ginger vinaigrette?

These are just two of the dishes rolling out on our First Class summer menu on Saturday, a selection that focuses on simplicity, fresh ingredients and generous portions.

The meals will be served on any flight with a First Class cabin – Boeing, Airbus and Embraer aircraft – and will change every three months based on the season.

“Our guests have told us they want more fresh food, larger quantities and a wider variety of options,” said Todd Traynor-Corey, director of food & beverage. “With a focus on local and healthy food with complex flavors, as well as our thoughtful beer and wine choices, the menu has a distinctive West Coast vibe.”

West Coast suppliers favored

The menu, which will be available on flights until Sept. 15, will also incorporate new snack baskets to supplement meals or to replace an existing snack, which is something guests and flight attendants had been asking for.

All meals will incorporate fresh, in-season produce such as berries, arugula and leeks – supporting a trend of healthier and more sustainable foods that many of our guests have adopted.

West Coast companies will source ingredients, where possible. Supporting local companies include Roons, a bakery in Portland specializing in macaroons or Sweet Lady Jane, a bakery in Los Angeles as well as Cucina Fresca, based in Seattle, for ravioli and a Bolognese sauce. We also look to strengthen existing relations with companies such as Seattle Chocolates, by continuing to hand out a pre-arrival truffle on many meals.

One of the most exciting changes for the summer menu includes adding wildly popular ice cream from Salt & Straw, a Portland company that has a fanatical following amongst ice cream lovers.

After learning how flying can dramatically alter taste, Salt & Straw’s head ice cream maker Tyler Malek hand selected the best flavors to enjoy at 35,000 feet. The family-run business launched entirely new single-serve packaging specifically for Alaska, and we are their exclusive airline partner. The ice cream will be served as a dessert on flights between the East Coast and West Coast as well as flights to Hawaii.

Which meals are served will depend on the time of day, length of the flight and direction.

Guest feedback was key

The menu items were refined with the help of a focus group made up of four flight attendants, five guests and Chris McGinnis, a reporter from the San Francisco Gate news site, who had positive things to say about the selections.

Sample menu items

Snack basket: a mix of sweet and salty items including a banana, dark chocolate, Kind bars, almonds, jerky and popcorn chips.

Breakfast:

  • Breakfast Quesadilla: Griddled flour tortilla filled with scrambled eggs, black beans, mozzarella cheese, and sautéed bell peppers and onions.  Served with roasted baby tri-color potatoes, fresh pico de gallo, and guacamole.
  • Brie and Arugula Omelet: Omelet stuffed with sautéed leeks, arugula, and Brie cheese.  Served with roasted fingerling potato slices, grilled asparagus, artichoke hearts, and crisp applewood bacon.

Lunch/Dinner:

  • Salad with Blackberries: Arugula, radicchio, fresh basil, blackberries, grape tomatoes, and crumbled goat cheese.  Served with extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar. (Appetizer)
  • Sweet Pea and Tarragon Ravioli: Ravioli filled with sweet green pea and tarragon puree.  Served with grilled scallions, roasted tomatoes, grilled yellow squash and Portobello mushrooms, and a parsley cream sauce; garnished with shaved Parmesan cheese. (Entrée)
  • Bulgogi Chicken: Korean-style chicken marinated with soy, ginger, garlic, scallions, and sesame oil.  Served with mixed black and jasmine rice, Chinese broccoli, and spicy-sweet gochujang (red pepper) sauce. (Entrée)
  • Afternoon Protein Plate: Cold platter with Brie cheese, hardboiled egg, grilled flatbread, baby carrots, breakfast radishes, sliced cucumber, stuffed peppadew peppers, lemon beet hummus and walnuts. (Short Haul Entrée)
  • Salt & Straw Sea Salt with Caramel Ribbons ice cream (Dessert)

Photo: Alaska Airlines.

Alaska simplifies its boarding process

Alaska Airlines made this announcement on its blog:

You may have a complicated relationship with boarding an aircraft. On the one hand, it means you will soon settle into your seat and you’re almost on your way. On the other hand, it can sometimes be stressful if you’re not sure when it’s your turn to board. At one point or another, you’ve probably seen a big queue of people – let’s be honest, sometimes it’s just a shapeless blob – that forms when people aren’t sure if it’s their time to board.

Starting July 18, Alaska will be launching a new group boarding process that will simplify the process for guests. This identifies which of the five groups – First Class, Group A, Group B, Group C or Group D – you belong to. You’ll simply approach the gate with the rest of your group when your group is announced.

Here’s a quick rundown on what this all means for you the next time you fly Alaska Airlines.

Boarding Pass

For flights on or after July 18, 2018, you will see some changes to the boarding pass design – such as larger fonts and more streamlined information.

2018 group boarding passes Alaska simplifies boarding process: Heres how Group Boarding will make life easier

Your boarding pass is really a guide for your journey. You want to know, first and foremost, where you need to be (your gate) and when you need to be there (your boarding time).

You’ll notice these two pieces of information are now big and bold. In tests, guests were quickly and easily able to get the information they needed from their boarding passes.

You will find your group letter listed on your boarding pass. If you have multiple flight segments, you’ll see each one on a separate line and an assigned group letter for each. If you’re a Mileage Plan MVP traveling with other people on the same reservation, you will all see the same boarding group noted on your boarding pass.

Gate announcements

Announcements at the gate for boarding will be simpler and more streamlined with the new boarding process. Group boarding announcements will also show up on the displays at your gate – so you’ll be able to glance at the screen to know if it’s your time to board. It means you won’t have to guess if you missed or misheard a boarding announcement – just check your boarding pass and check the display.

But what about guests who may need assistance or extra time to board, families with children under two, and active duty military members? Pre-boarding for these groups will be announced and they will be allowed to enter the aircraft as usual before group boarding begins.

Boarding Timeline

Here’s a breakdown of the boarding timeline with the new process:

30 to 35 minutes before departure: Agents at your gate will make initial announcements letting you know that boarding will begin shortly. This is your cue to gather your things and be ready, but you don’t need to move to line up.

When boarding begins (approximate 5 minute intervals):

We’ll be boarding 4 groups – after pre-boarding (guests who need special services or additional time to board, and families with children under 2), active duty military, and First Class:

A: Million Milers, Alaska Mileage Plan MVP Gold 75K and MVP Gold status elites

B: Alaska Mileage Plan MVPs, Premium Class

C: Remaining guests seated in the back half of the aircraft

D: Remaining guests seated in the front half of the aircraft

Alaska Airlines presents “Air Durant”

Alaska Airlines has added the image of Kevin Durant of the Golden State Warriors for the NBA Finals featuring Golden State and Cleveland.

The special design consists of more than 30 decal pieces spread across 560 square feet of the pictured Boeing 737-900ER (N280AK).

Photo: Alaska Airlines.

Video: How do you create a larger-than-life Kevin Durant? With a 34-piece decal, 6 experienced technicians, and 144 hours of hard work. The result? A 54-foot wingspan and a new livery with its game face on.

Alaska Airlines introduces Mileage Plan Hotels: offering new ways to use Alaska miles

Alaska Airlines has made this announcement:

With the busy summer travel season around the corner, finding an affordable hotel just got easier for members of the award-winning Alaska Mileage Plan program. Starting today, members can use Alaska miles to book accommodations at more than 400,000 hotel properties worldwide, thanks to an expanded partnership with hotel booking site Rocketmiles.

“Redeeming miles for hotels was among the most requested enhancements to Mileage Plan, and our members now have the ability to redeem valuable Alaska miles for both flights and hotels,” said Ryan Butz, Alaska Airlines’ managing director of loyalty. “This is particularly exciting for our Alaska Airlines credit cardholders, who will have access to discounted award pricing through Mileage Plan Hotels.  Our Alaska Airlines Visa Signature® cardholders not only earn Alaska miles on everyday purchases and save with our companion fare offer and free checked bags, but now have another way to use those miles. It’s now the only credit card Alaska flyers need.”

With the launch of mileageplanhotels.com, Mileage Plan members can choose to earn up to 10,000 Mileage Plan miles for every night of their stay, use their miles, or a combination of cash and miles, to book brand name hotels, boutique properties and resorts.

“This travel portal unlocks a new way for Mileage Plan members to use their coveted miles,” said Bart Welch, Rocketmiles’ chief revenue officer. “We look forward to strengthening the relationship and maximizing the value of Mileage Plan miles.”

Stirred to action: Alaska Airlines to ditch plastic straws in favor of marine-friendly stir sticks

From the Alaska Airlines blog:

By Jacqueline Drumheller, sustainability manager

These days, most 16-year-olds are focused on getting their driver’s licenses, playing Fortnite or deciding who they want to ask to prom, but Shelby O’Neil isn’t your average teenager. She’s a Girl Scout who created Jr Ocean Guardians for her 2017 Girl Scout USA Gold Award Project to share her passion to save our oceans and marine life for future generations.

shelby oneil jog gs 2018 Stirred to action: Alaska Airlines to ditch plastic straws in favor of marine friendly stir sticks

Shelby O’Neil reached out to Alaska Airlines last year, asking us to eliminate single-use plastic stir straws to reduce the amount of plastic pollution that is damaging our oceans.

Shelby reached out to Alaska Airlines last year, urging us to eliminate single-use plastic straws to reduce plastic pollution that is damaging our oceans. Little did she know, we were on the cusp of becoming the first U.S. airline to make this change, building on our decades-long commitment to environmental stewardship.

Starting this summer, we’re replacing non-recyclable plastic stir straws and citrus picks – we used 22 million last year – with sustainable, marine-friendly alternatives on all domestic and international flights, as well as in Alaska’s lounges across the country. For people with special needs, we’ll happily provide non-plastic, marine-friendly option, upon request.  We’ve partnered with the Seattle-based nonprofit Lonely Whale, an organization that drives impactful market-based change on behalf of our oceans, to support this initiative.

Lonely Whale isn’t alone in raising visibility of this issue. The Earth Day Network declared ending plastic pollution to be the theme for Earth Day this year, challenging everyone to reduce the amount of non-recyclable plastic they consume.

For Alaska Airlines flight attendant Abbe Gloor, the news was warmly welcomed. One of Alaska’s most enthusiastic inflight recyclers, she has eliminated all single-use plastic in her personal life and serves as an ambassador for the 5 Gyres Institute, a nonprofit that takes a science-based approach to eliminating plastic pollution.

“This change is a good thing and a small step in the right direction. When it comes to the environment, we can all do a little bit better,” she said. “It was all the plastic that I observed when visiting beaches around the world that motivated me to act, so as a company that flies people to beautiful beaches, this makes a lot of sense.”

This initiative marks an impactful shift for Alaska Airlines. But the change doesn’t stop there. Besides removing single-use non-recyclable plastic straws and picks, we will be replacing most of our large (32-46 ounce) aseptic juice boxes with aluminum cans, which are more easily recyclable and less wasteful. Last year, we replaced the majority of our bottled beer with cans, which are lighter and easier to recycle.

“I am so proud of Alaska Airlines for joining me, Lonely Whale and many others in the fight to protect our oceans,” said Shelby O’Neil. “My hope is that we can continue to rally together and inspire future generations to take a stand and eliminate plastic pollution to help save our oceans.”

Be a greener flyer with these on-board recycling tips:

  • Don’t put wrappers, napkins or other garbage into cans or bottles.
  • Don’t forget to recycle your magazines.
  • Bring your own empty water bottle and fill it up once you’ve passed through security.
  • Keep recycling and garbage separate until it’s collected.