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Alaska Air to Expand Headquarters in Seattle

Alaska Air to Expand Headquarters in Seattle

Alaska Airlines parent Alaska Air Group broke ground Thursday on a new office building across the street from its corporate headquarters near Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.
The 128,000-square-foot (11,891-square-meter) facility will house approximately 600 employees in departments that include technology and operations.  The building is being constructed on the site of the former Sandstone Inn, which the airline acquired in January for $32 million.
It will house Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air employees, …

Alaska Air Completes Virgin America Systems Integration

Alaska Air Completes Virgin America Systems Integration

Alaska Airlines said Tuesday that it successfully completed the migration of Virgin America passenger information to its own passenger services system.
The move, which took place behind the scenes for months but culminated on April 25, allows what is now the nation’s fifth largest airline to offer travelers a single system for both Alaska and legacy Virgin America flights.
The airline said that its focus since announcing the merger had been “expanding …

Alaska Airlines Opens JFK Lounge

Alaska Airlines Opens JFK Lounge

Alaska Airlines announced on Monday the opening of its first Alaska Lounge at John F. Kennedy International Airport.
The new lounge features baristas trained by Starbucks as well as a variety of foods and snacks including oatmeal and yogurt bars in the morning and soup and salad later in the day. The bar offers beer, wine from the West Coast of the United States, and a signature cocktail.
Lounge access is complimentary …

So Long Virgin America: A Requiem for an Upstart Airline

Getting Virgin America off the ground required a series of battles.  While the scrappy airline was founded in 2004 by Richard Branson, it didn’t get U.S. government approval to operate until 2007 and that was only one of its many challenges.
“Remember that time from 2004 to 2007 when we leased planes that were sitting on the runway while we waited for the US government to give us a license so …

Alaska to Introduce Basic Economy Saver Fares

Alaska to Introduce Basic Economy Saver Fares

In the course of its first-quarter earnings call, Alaska Airlines announced plans for a basic economy-like fare called the Saver Fare.
The Saver Fare will make its debut in autumn the airline said it expects the new fare type to bring in an additional $100 million in revenue.
Passengers with Saver Fare tickets will have to abide by multiple limitations and restrictions. Those with such tickets will only be able to obtain …

Alaska Airlines Tightens Rules for Emotional Support Animals

Alaska Airlines Tightens Rules for Emotional Support Animals

Alaska Airlines introduced new rules on Thursday for travel with emotional support animals. The move is intended to rein in potentialabuses on the part of passengers who take untrained, possibly aggressive, animals on flights under the guise of their being service animals.
Travelers purchasing tickets on or after May 1 will be required to provide documentation that the emotional support animal is in good health and that it has been trained …

Alaska Air Sees Traffic and Capacity Increase in March

Alaska Air Sees Traffic and Capacity Increase in March

Alaska Air Group announced operational results for March 2018. The carrier saw a rise in traffic and capacity, and a drop in load factor for the month.
System-wide traffic for Alaska Air Group, expressed in revenue passenger miles, or RPMs, increased by 6.5% year-over-year, up to 3.92 billion RPMs compared to 3.73 billion in March of 2017.
Capacity was 5.48 billion available seat miles, or ASMs, a year-over-year increase of 7.2% from …