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Alaska Airlines and Paine Field go way back – all the way to the ’40s

From the Alaska Airlines blog:

When we announced we’d be flying out of Paine Field Snohomish County Airport in Everett, Washington, we heard your cheers. What you may not realize is how loudly we’re cheering with you – and why.

By offering new commercial service, subject to government approval, from the North Puget Sound region in early 2019, we’re returning to our roots. Flying out of Paine Field is a homecoming for Alaska Airlines.

In the late 1940s, we outgrew our home at Merrill Field in Anchorage as we added World War II surplus aircraft to our fleet. We needed a bigger base for charter flights, so airline President James Wooten made a deal with Boeing to house our operating headquarters at Paine Field – at the Boeing Service Center in the northwest corner of the airfield to be exact.

151 Alaska Airlines and Paine Field go way back – all the way to the ’40s

In 1953, we moved our corporate headquarters to downtown Seattle but kept a maintenance hangar at Paine Field. Snohomish County officials built a hangar for Alaska at the southern end of Paine Field three years later.

It wasn’t until 1963 that we moved our maintenance team to Sea-Tac airport. Since that time, the Paine Field hangars have been used by Paul Allen’s Aviation Flying Heritage Museum.

12 Alaska Airlines and Paine Field go way back – all the way to the ’40s

It’s Paine, not Pain

Paine Field was named after Topliff Olin Paine, a pilot for the postal service who grew up in Everett, attended the University of Washington and worked for the U.S. Forest Service before joining the Army during World War I.

Paine is famous for piloting his aircraft into areas that others thought impossible. In 1920, he was appointed as a pilot with the then experimental Air Mail Service. He was considered one of the top flyers for the Western Division of the Air Mail Service.

How’d it get there?

Paine Field Snohomish County Airport was built in 1936. Intended to be a large commercial airport, it instead became a base for military operations during World War II and then the Korean War.

In 1966, Boeing took over the airport to build the plant for its 747 operations (the 747’s maiden flight was in 1969). Boeing still occupies the airport as well as other businesses including Aviation Technical Services, one of our maintenance vendors.

DC-4 at Paine Field

Cow in front of plane. Starliner McKinley Pae Payne N90450 aircraft

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Southwest Airlines is coming to Paine Field in Everett, WA

Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-71B WL N7845A (msn 29366) PAE (Nick Dean). Image: 935026.

Southwest Airlines (Dallas), as part of its 2017 financial report, disclosed today it too will fly from Paine Field in Everett, WA, north of Seattle later this year. The carrier will offer five daily flights from PAE.

Southwest will later disclose the destinations which are likely to be along the West Coast.

Previously Alaska Airlines announced service Paine Field with up to 13 daily flights from PAE.

United Airlines also announced it would operate six flights a day from PAE to its hubs in San Francsico and Denver.

Copyright Photo: Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-71B WL N7845A (msn 29366) PAE (Nick Dean). Image: 935026.

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Alaska unveils 13 daily departures to 8 destinations from Everett Paine Field

Alaska SkyWest (SkyWest Airlines) Embraer ERJ 170-200LR (ERJ 175) N170SY (msn 17000483) LAX (Ron Monroe). Image: 940625.

Alaska Airlines, the Seattle-area’s hometown airline, announced today new daily nonstop service from Paine Field-Snohomish County Airport in Everett, Washington. When commercial service begins at the airport in the fall, Alaska will offer 13 nonstop departures to eight cities every day with premium service and low fares, further working to become the go-to airline for anyone living on the West Coast.

 

Alaska’s all-jet service will connect Paine Field to Las Vegas; Los Angeles; Orange County, California; Phoenix; Portland; San Diego; San Francisco; and San Jose, California. Flight frequencies for each destination along with departure and arrival times will be announced later in 2018, subject to government approval.

With Alaska’s new service from Paine Field, those looking to catch a flight north of Seattle and all around the North Sound (home to more than 1 million people) will have a new travel option closer to home. That’ll mean less driving to go farther south, saving time and fuel.

All Paine Field services will be operated by Horizon Air (below).

Alaska Horizon (Horizon Air) Embraer ERJ 170-200LR (ERJ 175) N622QX (msn 17000651) SEA (Joe G. Walker). Image: 940650.

Above Copyright Photo: Alaska Horizon (Horizon Air) Embraer ERJ 170-200LR (ERJ 175) N622QX (msn 17000651) SEA (Joe G. Walker). Image: 940650.

Alaska Horizon aircraft slide show:

Flights from Paine Field will offer three classes of service: first class, premium class and main cabin. Guests will enjoy Wi-Fi connectivity, more than 200 free movies and TV shows that can be streamed on personal devices and free texting while onboard.

Propeller Airports and Snohomish County are currently building the new, state-of-the-art terminal at Paine Field. It’s set to open in fall 2018.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by Alaska Airlines): Alaska SkyWest (SkyWest Airlines) Embraer ERJ 170-200LR (ERJ 175) N170SY (msn 17000483) LAX (Ron Monroe). Image: 940625.

Alaska SkyWest aircraft slide show:

Turkish Airlines orders three Boeing 777F freighters

Turkish's second Boeing 777F, first flight on December 14, 2017

Boeing and Turkish Airlines announced that the carrier ordered three more 777 Freighters in December 2017. The new order came weeks after the carrier took delivery of two of the large cargo jets as part of its plan to further expand its freight business.

 

The 777 Freighter is the world’s longest-range twin-engine freighter and is based on the 777-200LR (Longer Range) passenger airplane. The jet can fly 4,900 nautical miles (9,070 kilometers) with a full payload of 112 tons (102 metric tonnes or 102,000 kg).

Copyright Photo: Turkish Cargo (Turkish Airlines) Boeing 777F TC-LJM (msn 60404) PAE (Nick Dean). Image: 940280.

Turkish Airlines aircraft slide show:

 

TUI Airlines UK to add Bristol – Punta Cana service

Thomson Airways Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner G-TUIB (msn 34423) PAE (Nick Dean). Image: 912005.

TUI Airlines (UK) (formerly Thomson Airways) will add weekly seasonal service from Bristol to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic starting on April 5, 2018.

The new route will be operated with Boeing 787-8 Dreamliners according to Airline Route.

TUI UK is a UK based travel operator and part of TUI Travel PLC.

Copyright Photo: Thomson Airways Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner G-TUIB (msn 34423) PAE (Nick Dean). Image: 912005.

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TUI (UK):

Philippines takes delivery of its 9th and 10th Boeing 777-300ER

Philippines (Philippine Airlines) Boeing 777-300 ER RP-C7782 (msn 61735) PAE (Nick Dean). Image: 940282.

Boeing and leasing company Avation PLC celebrated the delivery of Avation’s first Boeing airplane, a 777-300ER (Extended Range), that will be leased and operated by Philippine Airlines.

This airplane is the 10th 777-300ER (RP-C7782) (top) for Philippines’ national carrier.

 

Philippine Airlines took delivery of its ninth 777-300ER (RP-C7781) (below) earlier in the week and will use the new airplanes primarily on routes from Manila to North America. The carrier will fly the 777-300ER directly from Everett, Washington to Vancouver, British Columbia where the airplanes will enter revenue service to Manila.

The 777 is the world’s most successful twin-engine, long-haul airplane. The 777-300ER is equipped with the world’s most powerful GE90-115B commercial jet engine, and can seat up to 386 passengers in a three-class configuration with a maximum range of 7,825 nautical miles (14,490 kilometers).

Top Copyright Photo: Philippines (Philippine Airlines) Boeing 777-300 ER RP-C7782 (msn 61735) PAE (Nick Dean). Image: 940282.

Bottom Copyright Photo: Philippines (Philippine Airlines) Boeing 777-300 ER RP-C7781 (msn 61733) PAE (Nick Dean). Image: 940203.

Philippines (Philippine Airlines) Boeing 777-300 ER RP-C7781 (msn 61733) PAE (Nick Dean). Image: 940203.

Neos takes delivery of its first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner

Neos' first Boeing 787-9, introduces a new livery, delivered on December 12, 2017

Neos on December 12, 2017 took delivery of its first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner.

Named “Spirit of Italy”, the pictured Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner EI-NEO (msn 38785), arrived at the Milan (Malpensa) base the following day in the the new corporate livery. The aircraft performed a low fly-by before landing (below).

EI-NEO is leased from AerCap and is the first of three to be delivered with the second due in June, 2018 and the third in October 2018. The new Dreamliners will replace the older Boeing 767-300 ERs.

The airline is planning to operate the new type to Cancun, Freeport, La Romana, Male, Mombasa, Nossy-Be and Zanzibar.

On December 18, 2017 Boeing issued this statement:

Boeing, Neos and AerCap celebrated the delivery of the leisure carrier’s first Boeing 787 Dreamliner. Neos is leasing the 787-9 through an agreement with AerCap and becomes the first Italian operator of the airplane.

Neos becomes the 45th carrier to operate the 787 Dreamliner. AerCap, the world’s largest Dreamliner customer, plans to deliver two additional 787s to Neos by next year.

Italian industry, through Leonardo, is responsible for producing 14 percent of the 787’s airframe structure, including the two-piece center fuselage section, along with the airplane’s horizontal stabilizer.

 

Founded in 2001, Neos caters to Italy’s leisure market providing flights to destinations across Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, China, and the Mediterranean. Neos is part of Alpitour World, the leading integrated leisure concern in Italy operating, apart from aviation, in tour operating, hotel management, destination management services and distribution. Neos is an all-Boeing carrier operating Next-Generation 737s, 767s and now the 787. It announced earlier this year that along with 787s, it also intends to lease Boeing’s latest single-aisle offering, the 737 MAX, from 2019.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by Neos/Michela Celi): Neos Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner EI-NEO (msn 38785) PAE (Joe G. Walker). Image: 940147.

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