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Alaska Airlines launches a new era at Paine Field

Alaska Airlines issued this story on their blog:

At 10 a.m. today, Alaska Airlines Flight 2878, with service provided by Horizon Air, made history when it departed from Everett to Portland.

“This is a huge moment for Horizon, and being here you can see what a big deal it is for the local area. This is what we’re all about,” said La’Princia Miller, a Horizon Air flight attendant.

The aircraft – with 76 guests and four crew members onboard – became the first flight from the new commercial air terminal at Paine Field-Snohomish County airport, unleashing a wave of pride, excitement and so many possibilities.

“This is a game changer. From where I live, the traffic is very predictable coming to Paine Field, like 20 minutes to get here. That’s really nice,” said Joan Carstons, who lives in Kirkland. “Going to Sea-Tac, there can be a wreck or something else happening that day that could cause a longer drive.”

“This is history in the making. I’m just so excited to be a part of it and serve the community I come from,” said Michelle Tagalog, Horizon Air customer service agent who lives in nearby Lynnwood. “Our goal is to give our guests a great travel experience that gets them through the main door and into the terminal in just a few minutes.”

When Paine Field was first planned during the 1930s, it was supposed to be a commercial airport. Instead, it became a different economic engine tied to the aerospace industry in Snohomish County. But now that original goal is a reality: Paine Field is home to the nation’s newest passenger air terminal – and Alaska is helping lead the way.

Today, just three flights departed from Paine Field. By mid-March, we’ll have our full schedule of 18 daily nonstop departures to 8 West Coast destinations that are most popular with our guests. Horizon Air is providing the all-jet service on the Embraer 175 aircraft, which features first class and premium class seating.

Paine Field makes catching a flight easier for more than one million people living in North Puget Sound. Many will enjoy shorter commutes to the airport: more time in the air and less time on the roads, which will ease traffic congestion.

From Everett, our guests can to fly to eight West Coast cities: Las Vegas; Los Angeles; Orange County, California; Phoenix; Portland, Oregon; San Diego; San Francisco; and San Jose, California. Some destinations have several departures a day, such as Los Angeles with 4 daily roundtrips.

All photos by Alaska Airlines.

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Alaska Airlines launches service from Paine Field today

The Paine Field Passenger Terminal from the parking lot.

Operator Propellor Airports issued this statement:

The much anticipated and newest commercial passenger service airport in the United States will open its doors today, as Alaska Airlines’ first flight departs Paine Field for Portland, Oregon. The airport ushers in a new era of air travel for the northern Seattle metro area, giving residents added choice and ease for their business and leisure travel while boosting the local economy.

The passenger terminal was designed and built through a partnership between Propeller Airports and Snohomish County. In addition to developing, financing and building the new terminal, Propeller will also operate it. United Airlines will begin service on March 31, bringing 24 total daily departures to nine destinations on the West Coast, and as far east as Denver.

“The first commercial flight from Paine Field is the realization of five years of hard work and more than a decade of commitment by Propeller to the idea of privately developing a commercial airport in a major metro area with a hub that is at capacity,” said Brett Smith, CEO of Propeller. “For the flying public this is about more options with tremendous convenience and less headaches, and equally important to us – it represents a restoration of civility to the airport experience. We’re excited to share that vision with passengers starting today.”

“We are so proud to be part of such a strong partnership that delivered a vital new resource to the Puget Sound region: a state-of-the-art passenger terminal that will benefit our economy as much as passengers,” said Snohomish County Executive Dave Somers.

“The direct connection to major gateways in the western United States marks a new chapter for the City of Everett. Paine Field will continue to bring jobs and prosperity to the entire region,” said Mayor of Everett Cassie Franklin. “We’re delighted to be part of this historic day and to welcome the first passengers.”

The passenger terminal recently received the National Council on Public Private Partnership’s Innovation Award and has been called “the best airport in the United States” by CNN Travel, thanks to the terminal’s automated ticketing kiosks, upscale lounge-style waiting areas, higher end design and bespoke food options.

“Alaska Airlines greatly appreciates the tremendous partnership with Propeller Airports to bring commercial air service to Paine Field. This is a historic moment,” said Andrew Harrison, Alaska Airlines’ chief commercial officer. “We’re very excited to be able to offer our guests 18 daily nonstop flights between Everett and eight highly popular West Coast destination. Also, from our international gateway airports in San Francisco and Los Angeles, we can connect travelers from North Puget Sound both domestically and internationally with nearly all of our 15 Global Partners to 900 destinations worldwide.”

Monday also marks the start of operations for Propeller’s operations partners: McGee Air Services (baggage handling), Republic Parking (parking & valet services), and Enterprise Holdings (car rentals), Avis Rent A Car, Uber, Lyft, as well as Beecher’s Cheese, the legendary Seattle-based restaurant that will serve as the terminal’s exclusive concessions partner. Upper Case, a new restaurant and bar, will open with a special menu Monday and Beecher’s will additionally open a grab and go restaurant and Caffe Vita later this month.

“We love being a part of a traveler’s special experience as they pass through an airport, and Paine Field is an upscale terminal that represents an exciting new opportunity to do just that here in Everett,” said Kurt Beecher Dammeier, the founder of Beecher’s Handmade Cheese.

Alaska Airlines previews its new Paine Field terminal in Everett

Alaska Airlines offered this sneak preview of its new Paine Field terminal in Everett, WA:

We’re getting super excited! Our first flights from Paine Field in Everett, Washington take off March 4. We’ll soon have 18 daily nonstop departures to 8 terrific West Coast destinations. For so many of our guests – especially those who live in North Puget Sound – this new airport will be a game-changer.

Today, we’re sharing a sneak peek of what’s in store:

Before flying out of Paine Field for the first time, you may be wondering the best route to get there, where to park, and what food and drink options you’ll have. Propeller Airports – which operates the new terminal – has launched a website to help travelers plan their trips. We recommend checking it out!

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

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.

Southwest Airlines aircraft slide show (current livery):

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:

United announces new flights from Paine Field, Everett, WA

United Airlines Boeing 737-724 WL N14731 (msn 28799) SFO (Mark Durbin). Image: 908021.

United Airlines (Chicago) made this surprising announcement about new scheduled services from Paine Field in Everett, WA (north of Seattle):

Nearly 80 years after operating the first commercial flight from Paine Field, United Airlines (UAL) has announced it is returning to the airport and will offer customers six daily flights to its hubs in Denver and San Francisco beginning in the fall of 2018.

Originally constructed by the Works Progress Administration (WPA) in 1936 to create jobs and economic growth in the region, the Snohomish County Airport quickly grew and served as an alternate-day landing field and in 1939 United Airlines operated the first commercial flight from the airport. Paine Field has since become the center of Boeing’s production facilities producing many United aircraft including the 747, 767, 777, and the 787 airplanes and employing tens of thousands of employees.

Located just 23 miles north of Seattle, Paine Field is the newest option for the fast growing number of business and leisure travelers from the Northern Seattle, Snohomish and Northern King County areas.

United currently operates 36 flights between Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and its U.S. hubs. North Seattle and Northwest Washington are among the fastest growing areas in the nation and Paine Field will provide an essential and convenient choice for air travel moving forward.

Copyright Photo: United Airlines Boeing 737-724 WL N14731 (msn 28799) SFO (Mark Durbin). Image: 908021.