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An Alaska Airlines E-175 operated by Horizon Air at Paine Field. (Photo: AirlineGeeks | Katie Bailey)

Alaska Airlines Begins E175 Flights Within Alaska

Air service changes have come in the state of Alaska. Seattle-based Alaska Airlines, with regional partner Horizon Air, announced the intent to bring the Embraer E175 jet to serve smaller communities in the state in June, and they have made good on their commitment. In the beginning of April 2020, Alaska-based carrier Ravn Air filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, ceased all operations and laid off all its staff. Many Alaskan cities instantly lost air service, two of which Alaska Airlines…

Trip Report: Flying the Former North Country Sky – Part…

This is the second of a two-part series on this trip. Part one can be viewed here. A video trip report for both legs is available at the end of this video or at this link. After a peaceful 30 minutes wandering around Chicago Midway's Terminal A, I headed to…

Boutique Air Adds Third Destination in Oregon

Despite the mass layoffs on Oct. 1, when CARES funding ran out, San Francisco-based Boutique Air has continued expanding its route map. Not more than a week after the carrier began its new flights to Palm Springs on Oct. 1, they announced another new destination: Redmond/Bend, Oregon. Service to Redmond…

Trip Report: Flying the Former North Country Sky – Part…

Manistee, Mich. has been in the news frequently regarding the Essential Air Service (EAS) contract in the community. After seeing what carrier currently served the city, I decided to give it a try. The community of Manistee switched EAS carriers at the end of September 2020, switching to Cape Air…

Alamosa Unable to Qualify for Part 139 Certification, Current EAS…

Just like airlines, airports in the U.S. are required to be certified by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and must each pass a certain number of qualifications. The city of Alamosa, Colorado has been improving its airport, the San Luis Valley Regional Airport, for the past couple of years so…

Boutique Air Announces Two New Destinations

During the age of COVID-19, planes are not as full as they used to be. With lighter loads and passengers wanting to be around fewer people, one airline has decided it could find a niche in this lower load market. San Francisco-based Boutique Air has announced two new destinations to…

United Boosts International Network Amid Pandemic

While airlines brace for the possibility of upcoming layoffs, United Airlines has once again unveiled a list of new routes set to begin in the coming months. The carrier is well-known for engaging the public when it comes to its route announcements, from crossword puzzles with city names to short…

Essential Air Service: What It Is and Why It’s Needed

Every year, people around the country pay their taxes and begin to complain about which government programs are necessary and which are not. And every year the same question comes up: why does the government shell out millions of dollars in federal aid to airlines in order to fly —…

United Adds Ninth Wyoming Destination

While U.S. airlines brace for the impact Oct. 1 will bring when the CARES Act government funding runs out, United has announced plans to launch yet another new route pair and city. This one to the state of Wyoming. United, via its regional partner SkyWest will be resuming flights to…

Interview: Boutique Air Resumes Nashville Service

In this exclusive interview with Brian Kondrad, the assistant general manager of Boutique Air, we discuss the carrier's plan to resume service to Nashville, Tenn. from their current cities of Greenville, Miss. and Muscle Shoals, Ala. Boutique has operated flights to Nashville in the past, but they were discontinued back…