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El Paso, Texas to Receive First Service by Alaska

Alaska Airlines has announced new daily service to El Paso International from San Diego International Airport and Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. The new service is set to begin on Feb. 19, 2019, marking the first Alaska service to the airport. Additionally, the new routes will be the first nonstop flights between El Paso and San Diego and Seattle. The route will utilize the Embraer 175 fleet, flown by Horizon Air, fitted with a three-class cabin. “We’re pleased to add another exciting…

Throwback Thursday (TBT) in Aviation History: Era Aviation

Founded in 1948 by entrepreneur Carl Brady, Era Aviation began as a for-hire helicopter company based in Alaska. Brady would make most of his early work government related, with mapping projects making up most of his early projects. However, the company would expand over its early years and grow in…

Alaska Airlines Announces First Flight to Ohio

Alaska Airlines announced they would be introducing service from its main hub at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport to John Glenn Columbus International in Columbus, Ohio. The route will be the airline's first flight to the state of Ohio as well as the first and only nonstop flight from the Pacific Northwest…

Alaska and Southwest Win J.D. Power Awards

Alaska Airlines won the J.D. Power award as the highest ranked airline in customer satisfaction in North America for the 11th year in a row. The airline ranked highest among traditional carriers according to the 2018 North America Airline Satisfaction Study. Southwest Airlines won for the second year in a…

An Ode to Virgin America: Flying the Old Virgin Brand…

Virgin America, the unlikely brainchild of eccentric British entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson, began operations in the United States in 2007. With its emphasis on passenger comfort and entertainment, It was a new, exciting endeavor that most Americans had never seen before. Until it started operations, the closest thing we had…

Alaska Airlines Announces Basic Economy Fares

Seattle-based Alaska Airlines has announced the introduction of a basic economy fare for its passengers. The announcement was made during an earnings call earlier this week. The new fare class will be called “Saver Fare,” with Alaska joining American, United and Delta in offering a no-frills, basic fare. The launch…

A Virgin Farewell: What It Was Like to Go Behind-the-Scenes…

At midnight on Wednesday, April 25, 2018, the airline business lost another brand that helped to change and revolutionize the industry. On this day, the Virgin America brand was retired by Alaska Airlines, who had purchased Virgin America in 2016. Because of Virgin America’s innovative ideas, the airline had a…

A Flying Force for Good: Organizations and Airline Livery Combinations

When it comes to sponsorships with organizations and foundations, airlines tend to keep most of their work behind-the-scenes as they donate time and money to various caregiving organizations around their community. However, there are sometimes when a carrier wants to make their cause known or promote travelers to give by…

Alaska Airlines Expands in New York with New JFK Flights

Alaska Airlines announced on Wednesday two additions to its newly-combined outstation at New York’s JFK airport. The new service will see a new flight between New York and Alaska’s hub in Seattle, as well as a new route between New York and San Jose, Calif., a focus city for the…

28 Passengers and a Fading Brand: The Legacy of Virgin…

Virgin America is, and always has been, unlike any other airline in the United States. They offer a degree of luxury overtakes any of the other American competition, while keeping prices affordable. I had been on the airline once before and had an image ingrained in my head that came with…