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Alaska's new "More to Love" special livery celebrating the merger with Virgin America (Photo: Tim Jue)

Marking a Milestone: Alaska Airlines Finalizes Acquisition of Virgin America to Become 5th Largest US…

Alaska Air Group closed its acquisition of Virgin America Wednesday with an acknowledgment that the two airlines are very different and a pledge to become the west coast's premier carrier. “There’s no threat to Alaska today, but if we want to be here decades from now, we think we need to be bigger,” said Alaska Air Group CEO Brad Tilden. “This was part of our idea to get bigger so we have more critical mass so we can do the…

Alaska Announces Specifics on New Premium Class

Alaska Airlines announced more details on their new Premium Class Thursday, which includes four inches of extra legroom, a free snack and drink, and early boarding. The product, akin to American's Main Cabin Extra or Delta's Comfort+, was announced in December 2015 at Delta's investor conference. The airline said on…

PHOTOS: Alaska Airlines Reveals New “Honoring Those Who Serve” Livery

Seattle-based Alaska Air debuted its newest special livery Wednesday with a 737-900ER called “Honoring Those Who Serve." The aircraft serves as a tribute to the men and women of the United States armed forces and their families. Many U.S. carriers not only provide travel for everyday civilians but also to…

Alaska Airlines Adds Service from Newark

Alaska Airlines announced today it will increase its presence in the New York City region with additional service to Newark's Liberty International Airport. The airline currently serves Newark with two daily flights from Seattle and will add a third in Spring or 2017. "We thank the Federal Aviation Administration, and…

Alaska Unveils New Look

On Monday, Alaska Airlines revealed a major overhaul to its brand, which has remained largely unchanged for almost 25 years. The new look features a revised Alaska word-mark and an updated rendition of the classic Eskimo on the tail of the aircraft. Alaska’s iconic Eskimo was first introduced in 1972…

How Is It Possible to Land An Airliner on a…

An Alaska Airlines 737 landed on a taxiway at Seattle's SeaTac Airport on December 19th at about 8:30 in the morning. While it is not unknown for this sort of thing to happen, it is thankfully rare but also exceedingly dangerous. Luckily for this crew and their passengers, the taxiway…

The Case for Flying Alaska Airlines

Over the next several weeks, AirlineGeeks staff writers will be completing a series focused on each of the major airlines based in the United States. We will take a closer look into the airline’s history, as well as where the airline stands today in proportion to its competition, and how…

Alaska Airlines Increases Overhead Storage Using New Bins

On October 9th, Alaska Airlines proudly announced that that are the first airline to feature Boeing's new overhead Space Bins throughout the cabin on many of their present and future airplanes. The redesigned bins will increase the storage space by almost 50 percent. According to Alaska, they will take delivery…

#TBT (Throwback Thursday) in Aviation History: Wien Air Alaska

Wien Air Alaska was originally formed by Noel and Ralph Wien who started by ordering a single Fokker F-III plane in 1921 as a way to teach themselves how to fly. After learning how to fly, Noel and Ralph started taking requests from local customers for help if they needed…

Alaska Airlines To Link Boise and Spokane

On Wednesday, March 18, 2015, Seattle-based, Alaska Airlines, announced a new route, not out of Seattle, but out of Boise, Idaho. The new route will link Spokane, Washington with Boise. The route is scheduled to begin service on August 24, 2015 with tickets currently on sale for $69 one way.…