Alaska Airlines

Alaska Air Creates Planning and Strategy Division, Names Tackett as EVP

Alaska Air Creates Planning and Strategy Division, Names Tackett as EVP

Alaska Airlines announced the appointment of Shane Tackett to the position of executive vice president of planning and strategy, a new position.
Mr. Tackett will lead a new division in refining and optimizing the airline’s route network following the carrier’s 2016 acquisition of Virgin America. He previously served as the airline’s senior vice president of revenue and e-commerce.
The Seattle-based airline also announced that it will integrate its commercial and frontline divisions. …

Alaska Air to Expand Use of Sustainable Jet Fuel

Alaska Air to Expand Use of Sustainable Jet Fuel

Alaska Airlines announced plans to work with Neste, a supplier of renewable fuel products, in a partnership that will further their adoption in the aviation industry.
The Espoo, Finland-based company said it will help meet Alaska’s goal to “fly greener,” said Kaisa Hietala, its executive vice president for renewable products.
Alaska sees the collaboration as “another major step toward supporting the health of our communities and ecosystem,” it said.
The Seattle-based airline has …

Alaska Airlines Reins In Policy on Emotional Support Animals

Alaska Airlines Reins In Policy on Emotional Support Animals

Alaska Airlines announced additional new rules and stipulations for travel with emotional support animals and service animals.
The new rules go into effect for all travel October 1, regardless of when the ticket was booked, and are in addition to the rules promulgated this past April.
Passengers may only bring one emotional support animal on a flight and that animal must be either a dog or cat. No other species of emotional …

Great Moments in Travel History – September 2018

September marks the start of the meteorological autumn in the Northern Hemisphere and the meteorological spring in the Southern.  The month gets its name from the Latin word for seven, septem. It was the seventh month in the oldest known Roman calendar in which March was the first month.  After January and February were added to the calendar ahead of March in a calendar reform, September became the ninth month but …

T-Mobile to Offer Free Gogo Wi-Fi on Labor Day

T-Mobile to Offer Free Gogo Wi-Fi on Labor Day

T-Mobile USA is offering all travelers a chance to use Gogo Wi-Fi at no cost on Labor Day, which this year is Monday, September 3.
The offer provides 30 minutes of Wi-Fi on all Gogo-equipped domestic flights within the United States.
“To celebrate Labor Day, we’re giving everyone, including @Verizon and @ATT customers, 30 minutes of free Wifi on your on Gogo-equipped domestic flights,” said T-Mobile CEO John Legere in a tweet …

Alaska Airlines to Add Non-Stop Between Seattle and Columbus

Alaska Airlines to Add Non-Stop Between Seattle and Columbus

Alaska Airlines announced plans for daily non-stop service between Seattle, Washington, and Columbus, Ohio.
The new route is the first non-stop flight linking the Pacific Northwest and Central Ohio according to the airline, and will go into service on March 7, 2019.
“This new service to Columbus represents Alaska’s first destination in the Buckeye State, and our commitment to offer the most nonstop destinations from our hometown of Seattle,” said John Kirby, …

Alaska Air Traffic and Capacity Climb in July

Alaska Air Traffic and Capacity Climb in July

Alaska Air Group announced operational results for July 2018. The carrier saw a rise in traffic and capacity, as well as in its load factor for the month.
System-wide traffic for Alaska Air Group, expressed in revenue passenger miles, or RPMs, increased by 7.6% year-over-year, up to 5.24 billion RPMs compared to 4.86 billion in July of 2017.
Capacity was 5.97 billion available seat miles, or ASMs, a year-over-year increase of 6.8% …