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…

Alaska Airlines Reveals First Airbus A320 in Alaska Livery

On Wednesday, Alaska Airlines revealed its first, long-awaited Airbus A320 in the Alaska livery. The lucky aircraft, registration: N625VA, is the first from the Virgin America fleet to be repainted. The newly painted A320 comes just over a month after Virgin America formally merged with the Seattle-based carrier. From its merger…

Alaska Unveils 13 Daily Departures to 8 Destinations from Paine…

In a press release on Tuesday, Alaska announced that it will connect Paine Field to eight destinations along the West Coast with 13 daily nonstop departures starting in Fall 2018, subject to government approval. The all-jet service from Paine Field will fly to Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Orange County, Phoenix,…

Delta Takes First Place in Airline Performance in 2017

Delta Air Lines overtook Alaska Airlines in 2017 to become the best airline in the United States for performance. Delta surpassed every major carrier in the country, even with multiple meltdowns that resulted in thousands of canceled flights and tens of thousands of passengers stranded. For the past four years,…