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Icelandair increases the number of weekly flights to Seattle-Tacoma

Icelandair (Keflavik) has announced further expansion from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport with 11 weekly flights starting on May 5, 2016, including the city’s only morning flights to Europe.

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In response to the growing demand from the Pacific Northwest, Icelandair is adding four weekly flights from Seattle/Tacoma to complement their current daily service, including the only two international morning flights from SeaTac. With departures at 9:15 am on Wednesdays and Saturdays, passengers will now have more options to Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Scandinavia, including Copenhagen, Stockholm, Oslo, Helsinki and Gothenburg. These additional flights also give passengers more connections from Anchorage, Billings, Boise, Eugene, Fairbanks, Spokane, Portland, Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver on Alaska Airlines, when traveling through their Seattle/Tacoma hub.

Icelandair launched SEA service in 2009.

 

Icelandair offers service to Iceland from Boston, Chicago (O’Hare), Denver, Edmonton, New York (JFK), Newark, Seattle/Tacoma, Toronto (Pearson), and Washington (Dulles); and seasonal service from Anchorage, Halifax, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Orlando, Portland, OR and Vancouver, BC.

Copyright Photo: TMK Photography/AirlinersGallery.com. Ex-Iberia Boeing 757-256 TF-FIR (msn 26242) prepares to land at Toronto (Pearson).

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Delta to add another spoke route to the Seattle/Tacoma hub: Missoula, Montana

Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) is planning to add another feeder route to its growing Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SeaTac) hub. The carrier will commence daily Delta Connection service between Missoula, Montana with Bombardier CRJ700 regional jets on December 19 per Airline Route.

In other news, Delta is ending its London (Heathrow) – Newark and London (Heathrow) service on October 5. Virgin Atlantic will restore a second daily Los Angeles service when Delta ends the route.

 

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. SkyWest Airlines’ Bombardier CRJ700 (CL-600-2C10) N631SK (msn 10329) taxies to the runway at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) hub.

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Alaska Airlines and WSU to team up on the use of wood residue biofuels

Alaska Airlines (Seattle/Tacoma) just made this announcement:

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Washington state’s hometown airline is teaming up with the Washington State University-led Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance (NARA) to advance the production and use of alternative jet fuel made from forest residuals, the tree limbs and branches that remain after a forest harvest.

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As the airline partner for NARA, Alaska Airlines intends next year to fly a demonstration flight using 1,000 gallons of alternative biofuel being produced by the NARA team and its many partners. The planned flight signals a growing interest in the aviation industry for a viable alternative to conventional fossil fuel.

NARA Supply Chain Regions

The project will use post-harvest forest residuals from the Pacific Northwest (above).

NARA’s focus is on developing alternative jet fuel derived from post-harvest forest residuals. Residual treetops and branches are often burned after timber harvest. By using these waste materials as the feedstock of a biojet fuel supply chain, NARA and its aviation industry partners, seek to reduce fossil fuel use and greenhouse gas emissions as well as bolster sustainable economic-development potential in timber-based rural communities located throughout the Pacific Northwest.

NARA is a five-year project supported by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Institute of Food and Agriculture, and is comprised of 22 member organizations from industry, academia and government laboratories. Its mission is to facilitate development of biojet and bioproduct industries in the Pacific Northwest using forest residuals that would otherwise become waste products. A key task of the project is to evaluate the economic, environmental and societal benefits and impacts associated with such developments.

In 2011 Alaska Airlines became the first U.S. airline to fly multiple commercial passenger flights using a biofuel refined from used cooking oil. The carrier flew 75 flights between Seattle and Washington, D.C. and Seattle and Portland. Alaska has set the ambitious goal of using a sustainable aviation biofuel blend on all flights departing one or more airports by 2020. Later this year, Alaska will fly the first ever commercial flight using an alcohol-to-jet fuel.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Horizon Air‘s Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) N401QX (msn 4031) in the Washington State University (WSU) cougars livery taxies at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SeaTac) hub.

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Alaska Air Cargo delivers the first Copper River Salmon to Seattle for the new season

Alaska Airlines (Seattle/Tacoma) announced the opening of the annual Copper Riser Salmon fishing season and the first delivery to SeaTac by Alaska Air Cargo. Here is the announcement:

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A fish-filled Alaska Airlines jet touched down at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport shortly after 6 a.m. today, carrying 18,000 pounds of wild Alaska Copper River salmon — about 4,500 more pounds than the weight of a Learjet 31. A second plane carrying an additional 30,000 pounds is scheduled to arrive in Seattle around 10:20 a.m. Today officially marks the start of the salmon season that is anticipated by seafood lovers throughout the Pacific Northwest and beyond.

Salmon fishing fleet in Cordova, Alaska (Alaska)(LR)

Above Photo: Alaska Airlines. The fishing fleet off of Cordova, Alaska.

Alaska Airlines will operate up to five more flights today transporting the coveted Copper River salmon caught for three seafood processors: Ocean Beauty Seafoods, Trident Seafoods and Copper River Seafoods. The extra Copper River salmon flights will depart Cordova, Alaska, and arrive in Seattle and Anchorage, Alaska, where the fish will be shipped throughout the Pacific Northwest and across the United States today and through the weekend.

Copper River Salmon (Alaska)(LR)

Above Photo: Alaska Airlines.

Alaska plays a significant role in supporting the Alaska seafood industry, which is recognized worldwide for its sustainable fishing practices. The carrier flew nearly 25 million pounds of fresh Alaska seafood to the Lower 48 states and beyond last year, including nearly 1.2 million pounds of Copper River salmon.

Top Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-890 N559AS (msn 35178) in the unique “Wild Alaska Seafood” livery and named “Salmon-Thirty-Salmon 2” arrives in Washington (Reagan National).

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Bottom Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Dedicated freighter, Boeing 737-490 (F) N709AS (msn 28896) lands in Anchorage, Alaska.

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Alaska Airlines teams up with chef Tom Douglas for new food entries for long-haul flights from SeaTac

Alaska Airlines (Seattle/Tacoma) is teaming up with local Seattle chef Tom Douglas for new food entries for its long-haul flights:

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Travelers on Alaska Airlines are invited to lift their palates this winter, as Alaska and Tom Douglas (below) announce a new partnership to take airplane food to new heights. Beginning December 1, travelers on all Seattle/Tacoma-departing flights 2.5 hours or longer will be able to purchase a savory winter entree, developed specially by Douglas for Alaska’s customers.

Tom Douglas headshot

The partnership begins with Tom Douglas’s Cascade Brisket Chili (below), elevating a savory winter favorite with tender, smoky chunks of brisket in a mildly spicy ancho chile tomato sauce. It’s topped with melted cheese and a charred pepper, and served over a baked Yukon gold potato. A rotating menu of signature Tom Douglas entrees will begin flying in early 2015.

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Top Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com (all others by Alaska Airlines). Now with Aviation Partners Boeing Split Scimitar Winglets, Boeing 737-990 ER N433AS (msn 41704) arrives in Los Angeles.

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The battle of Seattle Part 2: Bloomberg: Delta wants to add 30 gates at SEA

Delta Air Lines (Atlanta), according to this report by Bloomberg, is seeking to expand further its new international hub at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA). According to the report, the airline is seeking 30 additional gates in the long term from the airport at its growing Asian hub at SeaTac. Delta currently uses 11 gates at SEA. According to the airport, Delta wants to have 150 flights a day at SEA by 2017. This would appear to be a new expansion for its growing presence in the growing Seattle market.

Alaska Airlines also operates a large hub at SEA. The two appear to be on a collision course more as competitors than as partners.

Ironically Delta and Alaska Airlines are code share and interline partners. Can this continue with this new level of increased operations by Delta?

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Top Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum/AirlinersGallery.com. Delta’s Boeing 757-351 N582NW (msn 32981) taxies at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.

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SEA Airport Terminal Map Below: Delta is mainly located in the international South Terminal and is also using gates on Concourse B next to Southwest Airlines. “Partner” Alaska Airlines is portrayed in green mainly located in Concourses C, D and the North Satellite.

SEA Terminal Map 11.2014

 

Delta continues to add Seattle/Tacoma routes, this time to Calgary and Spokane

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Delta Air Lines (Seattle/Tacoma) is adding more feeder routes to its growing Seattle/Tacoma mini international (and now domestic) hub in direct competition to its “partner” Alaska Airlines (Seattle/Tacoma). The carrier will add daily Delta Connection service from SEA to both Calgary and Spokane starting on November 3 with Bombardier CRJ700s.

Update: On May 27 Delta issued this statement:

Delta Air Lines this fall will add new service from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport to popular ski and beach destinations, including Spokane, Washington; Maui, Hawaii; Bozeman, Montana; Calgary, Alberta; Cabo San Lucas, Mexico; and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. This will give Seattle-area travelers more choice as the airline continues growing its domestic and international network in the Emerald City. All new international destinations are pending foreign government approval, and Puerto Vallarta service is awaiting U.S. government approval and is not yet available for sale.

Delta’s new Seattle/Tacoma service beginning November 3, 2014, includes:

Four daily flights to Spokane International Airport using two-class, 65-seat CRJ700 aircraft
Two daily flights to Calgary International Airport using two-class, 76-seat Embraer ERJ 175 aircraft

New Seattle service beginning December 20, 2014, includes:

One daily flight to Maui’s Kahului Airport using a Boeing 757-200 aircraft

One daily seasonal flight to Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport through Jan. 4, 2015, then

Saturday service from Jan. 10 through March 28, 2015, using two-class, 76-seat Embraer E-175 aircraft

Four weekly flights to Los Cabos International Airport through Jan. 10, 2015, then Saturday service beginning Jan. 17, 2015, using an Airbus A319 aircraft

Four weekly flights to Puerto Vallarta’s Licenciado Gustavo Diaz Ordaz International Airport through Jan. 10, 2015, then Saturday service beginning Jan. 17, 2015, using an Airbus A319 aircraft

Delta began nonstop international service in March to London-Heathrow and will begin nonstop service to Seoul and Hong Kong on June 2 and 16, respectively.

The airline is in the process of beginning significant new Seattle/Tacoma growth to markets including San Francisco; Fairbanks, Alaska; Juneau, Alaska; San Jose, Calif.; San Diego; Vancouver, British Columbia; Portland, Ore.; Phoenix; Palm Springs, Calif.; Tucson, Ariz.; and Jackson Hole, Wyo.; as well as expanded service to Anchorage; Las Vegas and Los Angeles.

In addition to London-Heathrow, Delta currently operates nonstop flights from Seattle/Tacoma to Amsterdam, Beijing, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Shanghai-Pudong, Tokyo-Haneda and Tokyo-Narita. By this summer, Delta will offer more international service from Seattle/Tacoma than all other carriers combined with 10 daily destinations and more than 2,500 daily international seats as part of the market’s 86 peak-day departures to 26 destinations.

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum/AirlinersGallery.com. In the Seattle/Tacoma area Delta bills itself as “Seattle’s Global Airline”, even on baggage carts at SeaTac.

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