Alaska Airlines First Class Los Angeles-Washington, D.C. – Flight Review
Alaska Airlines is the sixth largest carrier in the U.S. and, following its merger with Virgin America, will soon be in the number five position. Perhaps due to its focus on the Pacific Northwest – its largest hub is in Seattle, with additional hubs in Portland and Anchorage – the stars never aligned. That is, however, until now.
My assignment: be the first writer at Frequent Business Traveler to review an Alaska Airlines flight. To do so, I would fly from Los Angeles International Airport to Washington Reagan National Airport in our nation’s capital.
I arrived at Terminal 6 of LAX around 10:45 a.m. for my 12:45 p.m. departure and, despite the fact that it was a Friday, I encountered few fellow passengers. I was through the premium line in security in less than ten minutes and off to my gate.
Alaska allows passengers with children, or those who need extra time, to board first. A family headed down the jetbridge and shortly thereafter, the gate agent invited those in first class to proceed aboard.
Upon stowing my bags and taking my seat, I was offered a bottle of water, which I happily accepted.
We pushed back from the gate at 12:44 p.m. and were wheels up a few minutes behind schedule at 12:59 p.m.