Alaska Airlines First Class Washington, D.C. – Los Angeles – Flight Review

An Alaska Boeing 737-800

By Jesse Sokolow on 22 November 2016
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Once again in the nation’s capital, once again there with Alaska Airlines. My assignment three weeks ago was to be the first writer at Frequent Business Traveler to review an Alaska Airlines flight. My assignment three weeks hence was to write the second.

I arrived at Terminal C at Washington Reagan National Airport at 8 a.m., ready for my flight home to Los Angeles. Given that it was early morning on a Tuesday, the terminal was rather empty and I made my way through the premium line at the security checkpoint in just about a minute.


Alaska invites those traveling with children, or who need extra time, to board first, and as there were few passengers that fit that category, those of us in first class were able to board the plane without delay.

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I stowed my bag in the overhead bin, took my seat, and requested a glass of orange juice from the flight attendant.


We pushed back from the gate at 9:12 a.m., and were wheels up by 9:27.

We took off on a westerly heading and continued over Virginia, West Virginia, Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, and Colorado, before dipping southward and crossing over New Mexico, Arizona, finally entering California airspace and starting our descent into LAX, where we arrived 10 minutes ahead of schedule.

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