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United to increase flights to ski destinations this winter

United Airlines Boeing 737-924 ER SSWL N37420 (msn 33457) SEA (Michael B. Ing). Image: 938077.

United Airlines (Chicago) has announced it is increasing its nonstop service from six hub cities to Aspen, Colorado, Vail, Colorado, Crested Butte, Colorado, Steamboat Springs, Colorado, Jackson Hole, Wyoming, Sun Valley, Idaho, Bozeman, Montana, Glacier National Park, Montana and Reno, Nevada. The new routes will begin operating this winter and through spring 2018.

United Winter Schedule to Ski Destinations

Hub

Destination

Schedule

Dates

DEN

Aspen (ASE)

Up to 9 daily flights

Year-Round

Bozeman/Big Sky (BZN)

Up to 5 daily flights

Year-Round

Eagle/Vail (EGE)

Up to 4 daily flights

Year-Round

Glacier/Whitefish (FCA)

Up to 4 daily flights

Year-Round

Gunnison/Crested Butte (GUC)

2 daily flights

Now – April 2

Steamboat Springs (HDN)

Up to 4 daily flights

Year-Round

Jackson Hole (JAC)

3 daily flights

Year-Round

Montrose/Telluride (MTJ)

Up to 5 daily flights

Year-Round

Reno/Lake Tahoe (RNO)

3 daily flights

Year-Round

Salt Lake City (SLC)

6 daily flights

Year-Round

Sun Valley (SUN)

1 daily flight

Dec. 20 – April 2

ORD

Aspen (ASE)

Up to 5 daily flights

Nov. 29 – April 2

Bozeman/Big Sky (BZN)

Up to 3 daily flights

Year-Round

Eagle/Vail (EGE)

Up to 1 daily flight

Dec. 20 – April 2

Glacier Park (FCA)

Up to 1 daily flight

Dec. 20 – March 31

Steamboat Springs (HDN)

1 daily flight

Dec. 20 – April 2

Jackson Hole (JAC)

1 daily flight

Dec. 20 – April 2

Montrose/Telluride (MTJ)

1 daily flight

Dec. 20 – April 2

Reno/Lake Tahoe (RNO)

Up to 2 weekly flights

Dec. 23 – April 1

Salt Lake City (SLC)

3 daily flights

Year-Round

Sun Valley (SUN)

Most Saturdays

Dec.23 – March 31

IAH

Aspen (ASE)

Up to 4 daily flights

Dec.20 – April 2

Bozeman/Big Sky (BZN)

Up to 1 daily flight

Dec. 20 – April 1

Eagle/Vail (EGE)

1 daily flight

Dec. 20 – April 1

Gunnison/Crested Butte (GUC)

Up to 1 daily flight

Dec. 20 – April 1

Steamboat Springs (HDN)

1 daily flight

Dec. 20 – April 1

Jackson Hole (JAC)

Up to 1 daily flight

Dec. 20 – April 1

Montrose/Telluride (MTJ)

1 daily flight

Dec. 20 – April 1

Reno/Lake Tahoe (RNO)

Up to 1 daily flight

Dec. 20 – April 29

Salt Lake City (SLC)

Up to 5 daily flights

Year-Round

LAX

Aspen (ASE)

4 daily flights

Year-Round

Bozeman/Big Sky (BZN)

1 daily flight

Dec. 20 – April 1

Steamboat Springs (HDN)

Saturdays

Dec. 20 – March 25

Jackson Hole (JAC)

1 daily flight

Dec. 20 – April 1

Montrose/Telluride (MTJ)

2 weekly flights

Dec. 23 – March 25

Reno/Lake Tahoe (RNO)

1 daily flight

Year-Round

Salt Lake City (SLC)

2 daily flights

Year-Round

SFO

Aspen (ASE)

Up to 3 daily flights

Dec. 20 – April 2

Bozeman/Big Sky (BZN)

1 daily flight

Dec. 20 – April 1

Mammoth Yosemite (MMH)

1 daily flight

Dec. 20 – April 2

Eagle/Vail (EGE)

Up to 2 weekly flights

Dec. 23 – March 25

Steamboat Springs (HDN)

Saturdays

Dec. 23 – March 24

Jackson Hole (JAC)

1 daily flight

Dec. 20 – April 1

Montrose/Telluride (MTJ)

3 weekly flights

Dec. 23 – April 1

Reno/Lake Tahoe (RNO)

4 daily flights

Year-Round

Salt Lake City (SLC)

5 daily flights

Year-Round

Sun Valley (SUN)

1 daily flight

Dec. 20 – April 2

EWR

Bozeman/Big Sky (BZN)

Up to 1 daily flight

Dec. 20 – March 26

Eagle/Vail (EGE)

1 daily flight

Dec. 20 – April 2

Jackson Hole (JAC)

1 daily flight

Dec. 20 – April 2

Steamboat Springs (HDN)

Up to 2 weekly flights

Dec. 23 – April 1

Montrose/Telluride (MTJ)

Up to 2 weekly flights

Dec. 23 – April 1

Salt Lake City (SLC)

1 daily flight

Year-Round

LGA

Montrose/Telluride (MTJ)

Saturdays

Dec. 23 – March 31

IAD

Vail/Eagle County (EGE)

1 weekly flight

Dec. 23 – March 31

Steamboat Springs (HDN)

1 weekly flight

Dec. 23 – March 31

Copyright Photo: United Airlines Boeing 737-924 ER SSWL N37420 (msn 33457) SEA (Michael B. Ing). Image: 938077.

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Alaska to retire the Virgin America brand in 2019 but will adopt many brand elements

Virgin America Airbus A320-214 N844VA (msn 4851) SEA (Michael B. Ing). Image: 928791.

Alaska Airlines and Virgin America on March 22, 2017 shared their vision for the future of the combined carrier, as the company solidifies its status as the West Coast’s premier airline.

The group continued:

After careful consideration, the combined company will adopt Alaska’s name and logo, retiring the Virgin America name likely sometime in 2019. However, the combined airline will adopt many of the brand elements that Virgin America enthusiasts love about their favorite airline, including enhanced in-flight entertainment, mood lighting, music and the relentless desire to make flying a different experience for guests. The goal is to create a warm and welcoming West Coast-inspired vibe.

Alaska has been actively growing the airlines’ newly combined networks since closing the merger in December. Earlier this month, the airline announced 21 new markets with 25 new daily departures out of San Francisco, San Diego, Los Angeles and San Jose, California – marking the largest addition of routes in the company’s history.

Alaska Airlines' "More to Love" merger livery

Above Copyright Photo: Alaska Airlines (Alaska + Virgin America) Boeing 737-990 ER SSWL N493AS (msn 41727) (More to Love) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 936924.

In addition to low fares, network growth and award-winning service, Alaska will spend the next few years making major enhancements to its already award-winning guest experience and incorporating favorite elements of the Virgin America experience.

Enhancements include:

  • Modern, warm and welcoming vibe – Guests will start to see some of the new Alaska brand personality come to life throughout 2017, to create a warm and welcoming West Coast vibe throughout the guest journey. Music from fresh new artists will be featured on planes, in airport lobbies and at gates. In 2018, Alaska will debut an entirely redesigned cabin with new seats and amenities, and has already started to retrofit select Boeing aircraft with expressive blue mood lighting. Modern, stylish uniforms by fashion designer Luly Yang will roll out in mid-2019 for flight attendants, customer service agents, pilots, mechanics and ground crew.
  • Satellite connectivity – Alaska’s entire fleet of Boeing 737 passenger aircraft will be equipped with high-speed satellite Wi-Fi beginning in fall 2018, with the remainder of the Airbus fleet to follow. Both fleets are expected to be fully satellite-equipped by the end of 2019.
  • More premium seats – Building on Alaska’s new First Class and Premium Class seating sections that debuted earlier this year, premium seating will be expanded across the Airbus fleet beginning in the fourth quarter of 2018. The number of First Class seats will increase by 50 percent (going from eight seats in the Airbus First Class cabin to 12) and are customized for enhanced comfort, featuring 41 inches of pitch, improved seatback storage pockets, cup holders, footrests and personal power outlets throughout the cabin. The redesigned Airbus cabins will also feature 18 new Premium Class seats with 35 inches of pitch and complimentary beer, wine and cocktails.
  • The country’s top-ranked frequent flier program – In 2018, Alaska Mileage Plan will become the sole loyalty program for both airlines, offering guests more rewards, an expansive global partner network and the only major airline loyalty program that still rewards a mile flown with a mile earned on Alaska and Virgin America flights. Members of Alaska Mileage Plan enjoy some of the most generous benefits in the industry including complimentary upgrades, award travel starting at 5,000 miles one-way (plus taxes and fees) and a faster path to elite status compared to other airlines. With Alaska and Alaska Global Partners, members can earn and redeem miles to more than 900 destinations worldwide.
  • Complimentary upgrades – With 50 percent more premium seats being introduced to the Airbus fleet, elite loyalty members will enjoy the most generous complimentary upgrades in the industry. Mileage Plan MVP Golds and above are upgraded to First Class or Premium Class 75 percent of the time (based on average historic system wide rates of upgrade) on Alaska Airlines flights. Complimentary upgrades on Airbus aircraft will debut for the first time ever in late 2018.
  • Free movies – In January, Alaska launched a temporary promotion offering its entire catalog of more than 200 movies and TV shows for free. Starting now, free entertainment on guests’ own devices will be a permanent feature on its Boeing fleet and the same free library of movies and TV shows will expand to Airbus aircraft via Red entertainment system in August 2017. Guests on Airbus aircraft will continue to enjoy access to early release movies for purchase.
  • Free Chat™ – In January 2017, Alaska became the first and only U.S. airline to offer Free Chat onboard and will expand Free Chat to Airbus-operated flights in August 2017. Guests can stay connected to friends and family on the ground via Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp and iMessage.
  • West Coast-inspired food and beverage – Alaska and Virgin America continue to enhance their fresh, healthy, West Coast-inspired onboard food and beverage menus. Guests of both airlines enjoy craft brews, premium wines and delicious food options. By June 2017, Alaska First Class passengers will be able to pre-select meals before they fly, and by early 2018, Alaska’s Main Cabin passengers will be able to pre-pay for their meals before they fly. Food pre-ordering will be extended to Airbus flights sometime in the future.
  • Lounge expansion – By early 2019, guests will be able to relax in refreshed and expanded airport lounges in Seattle, Portland and Los Angeles, as well as new lounges in San Francisco and at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport. The expansion plans will double the square footage of Alaska’s airport lounges. Members also currently enjoy access to more than 60 partner lounges throughout the United States and around the world.

Alaska Airlines and Virgin America along with their regional partners, fly 40 million customers a year to 118 destinations with an average of 1,200 daily flights across the United States and to Mexico, Canada, Costa Rica and Cuba.

Top Copyright Photo: Virgin America Airbus A320-214 N844VA (msn 4851) SEA (Michael B. Ing). Image: 928791 (all others by Alaska Airlines).

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SkyWest to fly between Seattle/Tacoma and San Luis Obispo for Alaska Airlines

SkyWest to fly between Seattle/Tacoma and San Luis Obispo for Alaska Airlines

Alaska Airlines will launch daily, nonstop service between its Seattle/Tacoma hub and San Luis Obispo, California, on April 13, 2017. Located just south of the city of San Luis Obispo, San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport serves travelers from as far north as Southern Monterey County and as far south as Northern Santa Barbara County.

The year-round service will be operated by SkyWest Airlines using Embraer E175 jets, featuring 12 seats in first class, 12 seats in Preferred Plus and 52 seats in the main cabin. The E175 boasts cabin dimensions on par with a Boeing 737.

Copyright Photo: Alaska SkyWest (SkyWest Airlines) Embraer ERJ 170-200LR (ERJ 175) N170SY (msn 17000483) SEA (Tony Storck). Image: 928988.

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Hawaiian is awarded the Honolulu and Kona to Tokyo Haneda routes

Hawaiian is awarded the Honolulu and Kona to Tokyo Haneda routes

Hawaiian Airlines Airbus A330-243 N395HA (msn 1469) SEA (Michael B. Ing). Image: 929072.

World Airline News report issued on May 14, 2016:

The U.S. Department of Transportation on May 13, 2016 approved Hawaiian Airlines’ application to serve Honolulu and Kona from Haneda Airport in Tokyo. The DOT has given Hawai’i’s largest and longest serving carrier until January 29, 2017 to start the new service.

The DOT must still decide which five of eight remaining applications by four U.S. air carriers for daytime slots at Haneda it will approve. The slots were opened as part of a February agreement between the U.S. Government and the Government of Japan. Hawaiian has asked that its existing daily Honolulu-Haneda service be among those five.

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ANA is the first airline to fly the 100,000th 787 Dreamliner flight

ANA (All Nippon Airways) Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner JA813A (msn 34521) "787" "Tomo Dachi" SEA (Michael B. Ing). Image: 930992.

Boeing (Chicago, Seattle and Charleston) and ANA (All Nippon Airways) (Tokyo) yesterday (January 11) celebrated the airline’s 100,000th revenue flight with the 787 Dreamliner during a gate ceremony at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. The milestone marks yet another record for ANA as it becomes the first airline in the world to reach 100,000 787 flights.

ANA was the launch customer of the 787 Dreamliner family and in 2011 became the first airline to introduce the innovative airplane to passengers around the world. Since then, the fuel-efficient airplane has enabled ANA to launch new routes worldwide, including North America, Europe and Southeast Asia. With this milestone, ANA has accumulated approximately a quarter of all 787 revenue flights.

ANA operates the world’s largest Dreamliner fleet with 44 787s, including both the 787-8 and the longer 787-9. The airline has 39 unfilled 787 orders, including for the longest and newest member of the 787 family, the 787-10, in addition to 20 777-9X airplanes.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner JA813A (msn 34521) taxies at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.

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Delta to restore the seasonal Portland – Anchorage route

Delta Air Lines Boeing 737-932 ER WL N817DN (msn 31928) SEA (Michael B. Ing). Image: 924987.

Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) will restore the summer seasonal route between Portland, Oregon and Anchorage, Alaska on May 13, 2016. The restored route will be operated four days a week with Boeing 737-900s according to Airline Route.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Delta has been building up its nearby Seattle-Tacoma International Airport hub so it is not surprising this route from the Pacific Northwest to Alaska is being restored. Boeing 737-932 ER N817DN (msn 31928) taxies to the runway at SEA.

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Alaska Airlines partners with Boeing and the Port of Seattle on a plan to supply sustainable aviation biofuel at SeaTac Airport

Alaska 737 Biofuel (Boeing)(LRW)

Alaska Airlines (Seattle/Tacoma), the Port of Seattle and Boeing (Chicago, Seattle and Charleston) are partnering to move toward a significant environmental goal: powering all flights by all airlines at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport with sustainable aviation biofuel. SeaTac is the first U.S. airport to lay out a long-term roadmap to incorporate aviation biofuel into its infrastructure in a cost-effective, efficient manner.

Alaska Fuel Farm SEA (Boeing)(LRW)

At the SeaTac fuel farm (above) today, executives for the port, Alaska Airlines, and Boeing signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to launch a $250,000 Biofuel Infrastructure Feasibility Study that will assess costs and infrastructure necessary to deliver a blend of aviation biofuel and conventional jet fuel to aircraft at Sea-Tac, a crucial step toward routine biofuel use in the future.

The partners’ longer-term plan is to incorporate significant quantities of biofuel into SeaTac’s fuel infrastructure, which is used by all 26 airlines and more than 380,000 flights annually at the airport. SeaTac is the 13th busiest airport in the U.S. and will serve over 42 million domestic and international passengers this year.

Joe Sprague, senior vice president of communications and external relations for Alaska Airlines, Sea-Tac’s largest carrier and leader of the airport’s fueling consortium, said the airline wants to incorporate biofuel into flight operations at one or more of its hubs by 2020, with SeaTac as a first choice for the Seattle-based airline.

The Port of Seattle will manage the $250,000 study as the biofuel roadmapping process and, as SeaTac Airport’s governing authority, would handle the engineering and integration of biofuel infrastructure on Port property such as the airport’s fuel farm. An RFP for the infrastructure study will be issued in the spring of 2016, and the study is expected to be completed by late 2016. Currently, aviation biofuels are not produced in Washington state and must be imported by truck, rail or barge.

Boeing, which partners globally to develop and commercialize sustainable aviation biofuel, is providing expertise about approaches to develop a regional biofuel supply chain to serve the airport, including fuel types, fuel producers, processing technologies and integration with airplanes.

Alaska-Boeing SEA Biofuel Infographic

Approved “drop-in” aviation biofuel is blended directly with regular petroleum-based jet fuel and used in airplanes without any changes to the aircraft or engines. Using sustainably produced biofuel reduces lifecycle carbon dioxide emissions by 50 to 80 percent compared to conventional petroleum fuel, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. Since 2011, when biofuel was approved for commercial aviation, airlines have conducted more than 2,000 passenger flights with a blend of biofuel and conventional petroleum jet fuel.

The Port’s Century Agenda Goal is to reduce aircraft-related carbon emissions at Sea-Tac Airport by 25% by 2037. The key strategy to reduce these emissions is through aviation biofuel. Historically, the Port has been a leader in supporting research and development of aviation biofuels, and as models of other international airports and airlines using biofuel emerge, Sea-Tac is also developing a market-support role.

In the past five years, Alaska Airlines has become a leader in the pursuit of finding a sustainable supply of biofuels. In 2011, Alaska was the first airline to fly multiple flights using a 20 percent blend of sustainable aviation biofuel made from used cooking oil and waste animal fat.

In the next year, Alaska will partner with Gevo, Inc. to fly the first ever commercial flight on alcohol-to-jet fuel. In addition, as a partner in the Washington State University-led Northwest Advanced Renewable Alliance (NARA), Alaska plans to fly a demonstration flight next year using a new aviation biofuel made from forest-industry waste. Fuel for both demonstration flights must first be independently certified.

Photos: Boeing/Alaska Airlines.

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