Alaska Airlines

Alaska Air to Add 13 Boeing 737 Max Jets to its Fleet

Alaska Air to Add 13 Boeing 737 Max Jets to its Fleet

Alaska Airlines said it was adding 13 new Boeing 737 Max aircraft to its fleet while simultaneously selling ten of its Airbus A320s.
The move comes shortly after the Federal Aviation Administration gave the green light for the beleaguered plane to return to the skies.
The airline currently has 51 A320s in the fleet, all inherited in the course of its acquisition of Virgin America several years ago.
Alaska will lease the new …

American Airlines and Alaska Plan Reciprocal Elite Benefits for 2021

American Airlines and Alaska Plan Reciprocal Elite Benefits for 2021

American Airlines and Alaska Airlines will roll out reciprocal benefits for passengers with elite status on one airline when traveling on the other, starting next year.
“Next year will bring significant enhancements that will make the experience more seamless and rewarding for our customers,” said American’s chief revenue officer, Vasu Raja.
Members of American’s AAdvantage frequent-flyer program with Platinum Pro and Executive Platinum elite status will be eligible for free domestic upgrades …

Alaska Airlines CEO to Retire in 2021, Successor Named

Alaska Airlines CEO to Retire in 2021, Successor Named

The board of directors of Alaska Air Group, which operated Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air, announced that its chief executive officer, Brad Tilden, will retire this spring.
The company also announced the appointment of Ben Minicucci, currently Alaska Airlines’ president, to the position of CEO.
The appointment is effective on March 31, 2021.  Mr. Tilden will retain his position as chairman of the board.
“”Now is the time to position Alaska for future …

Alaska Airlines to Offer Embraer 175 Jet Service in Alaska

Alaska Airlines to Offer Embraer 175 Jet Service in Alaska

Alaska Airlines will begin to offer flights within the state of Alaska operated using the Embraer 175 aircraft.
The Seattle-based airline has 62 Embraer E175 jets in its fleet.  The jets have 76 seats, including 12 in first class, 12 in premium economy, and 52 in coach. There are no middle seats: All are either window or aisle.
The seats in the first-class cabin are 21” in width and have a seat …

Alaska Airlines to Join Oneworld in March

Alaska Airlines to Join Oneworld in March

Alaska Airlines, which first said it would join the oneworld alliance this past February, said it would become a full member on March 31, 2021.
Oneworld is the first global alliance the Seattle-based carrier has ever joined.
“We are officially joining a family with some of the best airlines in the world,” said Nate Pieper, the airline’s senior vice president for alliances. “The possibilities are tremendous.”
Joining the group will give the airline …

Alaska Airlines Latest Airline to Offer Covid-19 Testing to Passengers

Alaska Airlines Latest Airline to Offer Covid-19 Testing to Passengers

Alaska Airlines said Wednesday it would offer travelers heading to Hawaii access to a pre-flight testing program.
The Seattle-based airline will offer the testing at pop-up clinics that will be run by Carbon Health, a tech-focused healthcare provider. The clinics will be at locations across the West Coast. The first one will open in downtown Seattle on October 12, 2020.
“By assisting our guests with convenient testing options as they prepare for …

U.S. Airline Booked Revenue Down 80% Amidst Coronavirus Pandemic

U.S. Airline Booked Revenue Down 80% Amidst Coronavirus Pandemic

When third-quarter results are tallied, airlines in the United States will report that net booked revenue is down by 80% year over year and that they are collectively burning over $5 billion per month, according to figures released by Airlines for America, an industry trade group representing major U.S. carriers.
While more people are flying today than at the height of the coronavirus pandemic, the recovery that had been anticipated in …