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Alaska Air Flight Diverts After Passenger Threatens to Kill Everyone On Board

Alaska Air Flight Diverts After Passenger Threatens to Kill Everyone On Board

An Alaska Airlines flight from Seattle to Chicago was forced to divert en route after a passenger made threats against other passengers on the plane.
Alaska Flight 422 departed from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport at 10:52 p.m. local time Saturday evening and returned to the airport 45 minutes later after a passenger, Michael Ney Berry of Kirkland, Washington, threatened to kill everyone on board the aircraft.
“I’m going to kill everybody on this …

Alaska, American, Delta, Hawaiian, JetBlue, Southwest, United Agree to Common Wellness Assessment

Alaska, American, Delta, Hawaiian, JetBlue, Southwest, United Agree to Common Wellness Assessment

Seven U.S. airlines agreed Monday on a common set of coronavirus-related health and wellness procedures for passengers.
The list of carriers includes Alaska, American, Delta, Hawaiian, JetBlue, Southwest, and United.
The airlines will require all passengers to complete a “health acknowledgement” in the course of checking in for a flight. The acknowledgement will cover that a face covering must be worn, that the passenger does not have a fever (100.4° F or …

Alaska Airlines Extends Elite Status, Offers Multiple Ways to Earn Elite Miles

Alaska Airlines Extends Elite Status, Offers Multiple Ways to Earn Elite Miles

Alaska Airlines announced two significant changes to how members of its frequent-flyer program earn elite qualifying miles, or EQMs.
In addition, the Seattle-based carrier said it would extend elite status in its Mileage Plan frequent-flyer program through the end of next year.
The airline is doing so to thank loyal passengers for their support during the pandemic, said Ryan Butz, the airline’s managing director for loyalty programs.
“We look forward to seeing our …

DOT to Allow U.S. Airlines to Temporarily Suspend Service to 75 Airports

DOT to Allow U.S. Airlines to Temporarily Suspend Service to 75 Airports

The U.S. Department of Transportation said it would allow 15 U.S. airlines to temporarily halt service to 75 airports amidst the coronavirus pandemic.
United Airlines and Delta Air Lines were granted tentative approval to halt flights to 11 airports each, while JetBlue Airways, Alaska Airlines, and Frontier Airlines won approval to temporarily end service to five airports each.
In announcing the approval, the department said that, despite the temporary halts in service, …

American Airlines, Alaska Air Launch New Partnership

American Airlines, Alaska Air Launch New Partnership

Alaska Airlines and American Airlines announced that a component of the two carriers’ new West Coast-focused alliance went into effect Wednesday.
Members of both airlines’ frequent-flyer programs are now able to earn and redeem miles on both airlines. This means that members of Alaska’s Mileage Plan program will earn miles when flying on American and members of American’s AAdvantage program will earn miles flying on Alaska flights.
The plan calls for frequent-flyer program …

Alaska Airlines to Cut Schedule by 70%

Alaska Airlines to Cut Schedule by 70%

Alaska Airlines announced late Wednesday a schedule reduction  of approximately 70% as a result of dwindling demand thanks to the novel coronavirus pandemic.
The reduction will be in effect for April and May, the airline said, and the June schedule will be based on demand at the time.
“We are ultimately optimistic about the future of our great airline,” said the airline’s CEO, Brad Tilden, adding that “it is clear that we …

Alaska Airlines Appoints V.P. for Strategic Performance for Seattle

Alaska Airlines Appoints V.P. for Strategic Performance for Seattle

Alaska Airlines announced that the company’s board of directors had appointed Brooke Vatheuer to the position of vice president for strategic performance-Seattle, a new position.
Ms. Vatheuer previously held the position of senior vice president of operations and planning at Alaska Air Group’s Horizon Air subsidiary.  In the new position, she will be responsible for passenger experience as well as operational metrics, ground staffing, air space management, gate space areas, and …