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Alaska Air Reports Traffic and Capacity Increase for November

Alaska Air Reports Traffic and Capacity Increase for November

Alaska Air Group announced operational results for November 2017. Echoing its October 2017 results, 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 9.2% year-over-year, up to 4.39 billion RPMs compared to 4.02 billion in November of 2016.
Capacity was 5.22 billion available seat miles, or ASMs, a …

Alaska Airlines Launches San Francisco-Kona Flights

Alaska Airlines Launches San Francisco-Kona Flights

Alaska Airlines announced the launch of new service linking San Francisco to Kona, Hawaii, effective December 14, 2017.
The new route will be operated using the Virgin America fleet of Airbus A320 aircraft. Flights will leave the Bay Area at 11:30 a.m. local time and arrive in Kona at 3:15 p.m. The return flight will leave Kona at 4:15 p.m. local time and arrive in San Francisco at 11:17 p.m.
“The Kona …

Alaska Airlines to Operate San Francisco-New Orleans Route

Alaska Airlines to Operate San Francisco-New Orleans Route

Alaska Airlines announced the launch of new daily service between San Francisco and New Orleans. The flights will be operated by Virgin America’s Airbus A320 aircraft.
Flights will depart San Francisco International Airport at 8:48 a.m. and arrive at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport at 3:03 p.m. From New Orleans, flights are scheduled to depart at 4 p.m. and arrive in San Francisco at 6:30 p.m.
Virgin America’s A320s are equipped …

JetBlue to Offer Status Match to Mosaic

JetBlue to Offer Status Match to Mosaic

JetBlue Airways said Friday it would offer members of other airlines’ frequent-flyer programs a match to Mosaic status.
The match would be valid for the remainder of 2017 and is applicable to flyers with the following elite status levels: Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan, MVP Gold, and MVP Gold 75k; American Airlines AAdvantage Platinum, AAdvantage Platinum Pro, and AAdvantage Executive Platinum; Delta Air Lines SkyMiles Medallion Silver, Medallion Gold, Medallion Platinum, and …

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 …

Airlines at LAX Execute ‘Largest Relocation in Airport History’

Airlines at LAX Execute ‘Largest Relocation in Airport History’

As part of a major reshuffling at Los Angeles International Airport, 15 airlines began to move over the weekend some or all of their operations to a different terminal at the facility.
The move, part of LAX’ “massive modernization effort” according to Sean Burton, president of the Los Angeles World Airport’s Board of Airport Commissioners, started late Friday night and will continue into the beginning of the week, albeit only during …

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 …