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Alaska Airlines Announces 2020 Financial Results, Receives First 737 MAX

Just two days after taking delivery of their first Boeing 737-9 MAX aircraft, the Alaska Air Group has announced their fourth quarter and full year earnings for 2020. Like other airlines in the United States around the globe, Alaska felt the impacts of COVID-19, posting losses both quarterly and annually.  The Seattle-based carrier reported losses of $430 million for the fourth quarter following Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP). For the year, the airline saw losses of $1.3 billion. Higher operating…

Boeing 737 MAX to Receive Final Flight Clearance from the…

On Tuesday, Reuters reported that the Boeing 737 MAX will receive its final clearance to continue operation in Europe next week. The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) is the last major safety regulator to approve the jet after two fatal crashes grounded it in March 2019. The Federal Aviation…

Airlines Reveal How Many People Are On Their No-Fly Lists

From anti-maskers to Capitol rioters, airline "no-fly" lists have been growing over the past year. Since March 2020, airlines have banned over 2,700 people from flying on their aircraft due to noncompliance with mask mandates, and the insurrection at the Capitol has barred dozens more. In an attempt to keep…

Alaska Airlines to Introduce Boeing 737 MAX in March

Amid the recent ungrounding of the Boeing 737 MAX, many airlines have begun filing plans to integrate the Boeing 737 MAX into service.  Recently, Alaska Airlines has filed new plans to integrate its MAX fleet into service starting in March 2021. Alaska's Boeing 737 MAX Routes Note that these filings…

Alaska Airlines Orders 23 Boeing 737 MAX 9

Just one month after increasing orders for the Boeing 737 MAX 9, Alaska Airlines has announced yet another new order for the type with Boeing. While last month’s order involved leased aircraft, this announcement is for the purchase of 23 airframes. The order will increase the airline's total to 68…

Alaska Airlines Adds New Destinations From Anchorage

Alaska Airlines has announced several new routes from its Anchorage hub, the airline announced in a statement on Wednesday. The routes, which the airline dubs "sun and fun" routes, include flights to popular tourist destinations: in addition to expanding their route to Phoenix, Arizona, the airline is adding new flights…

Qatar Airways Plans Flights to Seattle, Partners with Alaska Airlines

Qatar Airways is set to launch yet another route to the United States with the start of service from Doha, Qatar to Seattle. Service will begin on March 15, 2021 using the Airbus A350-900 and is expected to operate four times a week. The flights will depart Doha at 8:00…

Alaska Airlines’ Special Flight Routes: The Milk Run

Alaska — known for its rugged wilderness and mountainous terrain — has vast swaths of uninhabited land yet still largely disconnected from the rest of the state and country. However, underneath all of the jagged peaks and wooded forests lie many populated yet remote communities, many of which cities lie…

Alaska Airlines Leases 13 New 737-9 MAX Aircraft

In March 2019, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) grounded the Boeing 737 MAX aircraft after two fatal crashes that killed over 300 people. Both crashes occurred after a single anti-stall sensor failed, forcing the aircraft's nose to pitch down and ultimately crash. Now, after nearly two years of design changes,…

Alaska Airlines Strikes Bear During Landing in Yakutat

On Saturday, Alaska Airlines flight 66 struck and killed a brown bear as it landed at Yakutat Airport in southeast Alaska. Anchorage Daily News reported that no passengers or crew were injured, but the aircraft sustained damage to its left engine. Aircraft Strikes a Brown Bear After Landing According to…