Alaska Air and Virgin America Announce Expansion of San Francisco Hub

By Jesse Sokolow on 21 December 2016
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DSC_0333Alaska Airlines and Virgin America announced Wednesday the two would begin to offer new flights from their hub at San Francisco International Airport to various new destinations throughout the United States next summer.

On June 15, Alaska will begin four daily flights to Orange County, California, followed by twice daily service to Minneapolis on July 18. Both routes will be operated by SkyWest Airlines with Embraer E175 aircraft, which are equipped with 12 seats in first class, 12 seats in premium economy, and 52 seats in economy. First-class seats have a pitch of 37” and a width of 19”.

On June 14,Virgin plans to launch daily flights from San Francisco to Orlando, Florida, which it will operate using Airbus A320 aircraft. The planes are equipped with eight seats in first class, 12 in main cabin select, the carrier’s premium economy lite section, and 129 seats in economy. First-class seats are 21” and have a pitch of 55”.

The news follows Alaska Air Group’s acquisition of Virgin America earlier this month, which saw it become the nation’s fifth largest carrier.

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