Alaska Airlines

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 …

Alaska Airlines, Virgin America to Relocate to JFK’s Terminal 7

Alaska Airlines, Virgin America to Relocate to JFK’s Terminal 7

Alaska Airlines and Virgin America announced that the two carriers plan to move their operations at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport to Terminal 7. Alaska currently operates out of Terminal 8, while Virgin operates out of the airport’s Terminal 4.
Alaska, which acquired Virgin America last December, said that the relocation is expected to be complete by October of this year.
The two airlines will join British Airways, Qantas, and …

Alaska Airlines Links Seattle with Wichita, San Luis Obispo

Alaska Airlines Links Seattle with Wichita, San Luis Obispo

Alaska Airlines announced the launch of new daily service from Seattle to Wichita, Kansas and San Luis Obispo, California. The new routes will be operated by SkyWest Airlines.
Flights to Wichita will depart Seattle at 11:45 a.m. and arrive at 5:05 p.m. From Wichita, flights are scheduled to depart at 5:50 p.m. and arrive back in Seattle at 7:40 p.m.
Flights from Seattle to San Luis Obispo will depart at 8 a.m. …

Alaska Airlines to Link Dallas Love Field with Seattle, Portland, San Diego, San Jose

Alaska Airlines to Link Dallas Love Field with Seattle, Portland, San Diego, San Jose

Alaska Airlines announced that it plans to launch new service from Dallas Love Field to four destinations on the West Coast. The carrier will begin twice-daily flights to Seattle and daily service to Portland, Oregon on August 27. In addition, it will begin daily flights to San Diego and San Jose, California on February 16, 2018.
Flights to Seattle will depart Dallas Love Field at 10:20 a.m. and 3:38 p.m., arriving …

Alaska Air Sees March Traffic Increase While Load Factor Drops Slightly

Alaska Air Sees March Traffic Increase While Load Factor Drops Slightly

Alaska Air Group announced operational results for March 2017.
System-wide traffic for Alaska Air Group, expressed in revenue passenger miles, or RPMs, increased by 5.5% year-over-year, up to 4.37 billion RPMs from 4.1 billion in March of 2016.
Capacity was 5.12 billion available seat miles, or ASMs, a year-over-year increase of 5.7% from 4.8 billion ASMs.
System-wide load factor for the month was 85.4%, a 0.2 percentage point decrease from March of 2016’s …

Alaska to Debut New Routes from Los Angeles, Portland

Alaska to Debut New Routes from Los Angeles, Portland

Alaska Airlines announced that it plans to launch new service from Los Angeles and Portland, Oregon, this year. The carrier will begin daily flights between Portland and Detroit on August 30; daily service between Los Angeles and Philadelphia on September 1; and daily Portland-New York flights on November 6.
Flights from Portland to Detroit will depart at 10:30 p.m. and arrive at 5:30 a.m. From Detroit, flights are scheduled to depart …

Alaska Airlines to Retire Virgin America Brand, Merge Frequent Flyer Programs, Open New Lounges

Alaska Airlines to Retire Virgin America Brand, Merge Frequent Flyer Programs, Open New Lounges

Alaska Airlines, which acquired Virgin America late last year, said that it plans to operate solely under the Alaska brand.
The Virgin America brand will be retired “likely sometime in 2019,” the airline said in a blog post. The move follows months of consideration and interviews with customers.
The airline does plan to keep “many of the elements you love about Virgin America,” it said.
Promising a “modern, warm and welcoming vibe,” the …