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Alaska Airlines Inaugurates Service from Paine Field

Alaska Airlines Inaugurates Service from Paine Field

After a delay of several weeks, Alaska Airlines operated its first flights to and from Paine Field in Snohomish County Airport in Everett, Washington, on Monday.  Flights were originally to start on February 11, 2019.
Paine Field is the site of Boeing’s Everett assembly plant that was part of the 747 program. United Airlines also plans to offer scheduled service from the historic airport, which began commercial service in 1939.
The airline …

First Alaska Airlines Aircraft with Gogo 2Ku High-Speed Wi-Fi and New Interior Takes to the Air

First Alaska Airlines Aircraft with Gogo 2Ku High-Speed Wi-Fi and New Interior Takes to the Air

Alaska Airlines’ first aircraft with the Gogo 2Ku in-flight Internet service and Gogo Vision in-flight entertainment was introduced on Wednesday.
The aircraft, an Airbus A321neo, is the first to feature the airline’s new cabin interior which features Recaro seats and cup holders in the first-class cabin, coach seats with memory foam, tablet holders, and ambient mood lighting.
Gogo’s 2Ku system offers speeds of a minimum of 70 Mbps to the aircraft, seven …

Alaska Airlines Plans New Lounge for San Francisco International Airport

Alaska Airlines Plans New Lounge for San Francisco International Airport

Alaska Airlines said it will build a new 8,500-square-foot (790-square-meter) lounge on the top floor of Terminal 2 at San Francisco International Airport.
The new lounge will feature views of the Bay and the airport’s runways and will open in 2020.
The lounge’s décor will represent brands and design elements from the Bay Area, the airline said. Dining options will emphasize those which are fresh and healthy including Greek yoghurt, steel-cut oatmeal, …

Alaska Inaugurates Service Linking El Paso with San Diego and Seattle

Alaska Inaugurates Service Linking El Paso with San Diego and Seattle

Alaska Airlines announced the start of service to El Paso, Texas, from both Seattle and San Diego.
The daily non-stop service between Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and El Paso International Airport began on February 19, 2019. It is the only non-stop service between the two cities, the airline said.
Service from San Diego International Airport to El Paso also began on that date.
The airline is operating both flights using Embraer E175 jets with …

U.S. Airlines Move to Add Gender-Neutral Option to Booking Process

Six U.S. airlines said they are working to introduce additional gender options for travelers who do not identify exclusively as male or female.
The change will add options for “unspecified” and “undisclosed” and will keep airlines in compliance with U.S. and foreign government requirements that allow passenger data to match the identification carried by travelers to airport security checkpoints and immigration controls.
The move follows the adoption of new standards for travelers …

Alaska Makes 3 Executive Appointments

Alaska Makes 3 Executive Appointments

Alaska Airlines announced multiple executive promotions and appointments.
The airline announced the appointment of Constance von Muehlen to the position of senior vice president of maintenance and engineering, Ron Calvin to the position of vice president of inflight operations, and Jenny Wetzel to the position of vice president of labor relations.
Ms. von Muehlen previously served as chief operating officer at Alaska’s Horizon Air subsidiary. Prior to that, she was Alaska’s …

What You Read in 2018: The Most Popular Features, Reviews, and News Stories of the Year

As the year 2018 comes to a close, it’s time to look at some of the most popular news stories and features of the year.
The big news over the past year was the opening of the first new terminal at the renovated LaGuardia Airport, the integration of flight attendant groups at both United Airlines (which had merged with Continental Airlines in 2010) and American Airlines (which merged with US Airways …