Alaska Airlines

Alaska Air Announces Winding Down of Virgin America’s Elevate Frequent Flyer Program

Alaska Air Announces Winding Down of Virgin America’s Elevate Frequent Flyer Program

Alaska Airlines announced detailed information about the transition from Virgin America’s Elevate frequent flyer program to Alaska’s Mileage Plan and when various Elevate partnerships will come to an end.
The Elevate program itself will be supplanted by Mileage Plan on January 1, 2018. The last date on which it will be possible to earn miles on Elevate by flying Alaska will be December 31, 2017.
The last date on which members may …

Alaska Sees Traffic Increase for May

Alaska Sees Traffic Increase for May

Alaska Air Group announced operational results for May 2017.
The carrier saw an increase in both traffic and capacity, while its load factor decreased 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 4.5 billion RPMs 4.2 billion in May of 2016.
Capacity was 5.2 billion available seat miles, or ASMs, a year-over-year increase of 5.9% from 4.19 billion ASMs.
System-wide …

Alaska Airlines Begins Portland-Philadelphia Route

Alaska Airlines Begins Portland-Philadelphia Route

Alaska Airlines announced the launch of new seasonal service between Philadelphia and Portland, Oregon. The carrier will operate the non-stop route on a daily basis.
Flights are scheduled to depart Portland International Airport at 8:39 p.m. and arrive at Philadelphia International Airport at 4:50 a.m. the next day. From Philadelphia, flights will depart at 6:05 a.m. and arrive in Portland at 8:47 a.m.
Alaska will operate the service using Boeing 737-900 aircraft. …

Alaska Airlines, Finnair Begin New Partnership

Alaska Airlines, Finnair Begin New Partnership

Alaska Airlines announced a new frequent flyer partnership with Finnair.
Under the new agreement, members of the Finnair Plus loyalty program can earn and redeem miles and points on Alaska Airlines flights.
Meanwhile, members of Alaska Airlines’ Mileage Plan program can earn miles and points on Finnair flights, and will be able to redeem them beginning later this year.
Finnair also announced plans to begin new non-stop, seasonal service to Helsinki from San …

Alaska Airlines to Link Mexico City with San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego

Alaska Airlines to Link Mexico City with San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego

Alaska Airlines announced that it plans to launch new service to Mexico City from three California cities, namely San Francisco, Los Angeles, and San Diego, this year.
On August 8, the carrier will begin daily flights between Los Angeles and Mexico City, which are slated to depart Los Angeles at 8:18 a.m. and arrive in Mexico City at 1:55 p.m. Return flights will depart at 5:25 p.m. and arrive at 7:25 …

Alaska Airlines Begins Seattle-Indianapolis Route

Alaska Airlines Begins Seattle-Indianapolis Route

Alaska Airlines announced the launch of new daily service between Seattle and Indianapolis. The route is the first non-stop flight between the two cities.
Flights are scheduled to depart Seattle-Tacoma International Airport at 9:55 a.m. and arrive at Indianapolis International Airport at 5:19 p.m. From Indianapolis, flights will depart at 6:20 p.m. and arrive at 8:16 p.m.
Alaska will operate the route using Boeing 737 aircraft.
Indianapolis is the tenth Midwest destination that …

Alaska Air Group Sees Large Revenue Increase in First Post-Merger Quarter

Alaska Air Group Sees Large Revenue Increase in First Post-Merger Quarter

Alaska Air Group reported financial results for the first quarter of 2017.
This is the first quarter that the company’s results have included those of Virgin America, which Alaska acquired on December 14, 2016.  It is important to note that Q1 2016 results do not include Virgin America.
Alaska reported net income of $99 million for Q1 2017, significantly lower than last year’s net income of $184 million. The airline said that …