History: The foundation of the airline was laid in 1932 when Mac McGee started flying his three-seat Stinson between Anchorage and Bristol Bay, Alaska. A merger with Star Air Service in 1934 created the largest airline in Alaska. After several more mergers, the name was changed a couple of times until they found one that stuck, Alaska Airlines.
By the late 1940s, using surplus military aircraft, the airline had branched into worldwide charter work, including the Berlin Airlift in 1948 and the airlift of thousands of Yemenite Jews to Israel in 1949.
In the late 1960s, Alaska strengthened the base by merging with Alaska Coastal-Ellis and Cordova airlines, legendary Southeast Alaska carriers owned by aviation pioneers.
In 1979, the airline industry was deregulated. For many carriers this was the end of the road. For Alaska, it was a new beginning. The airline expanded methodically throughout the West Coast and in 1987 joined forces with two carriers similarly committed to outstanding customer service—Horizon Air and Jet America.
By the end of the 80s, it had tripled in size. The fleet had increased five-fold and the route map included scheduled service to Mexico and Russia.
In 2001 Alaska opened up the East Coast with new services to Washington D.C. More recently, flying further west flying across the Pacific with new services to Hawaii.
Whenever the history of commercial aviation is written, people ask how an obscure little airline in America's hinterland has continued to survive and thrive while once-proud giants disappeared. The answer is simple, Alaska, has focused on key routes for many decades, creating a good reputation and reliable service, adding to this a good hub at Seattle airport in which it dominates the market. It continues to grow and adds modern equipment planes to it's fleet, the majority Boeing 737-800 with many new orders on the books.
Operations: The main bases for Alaska Airlines are Anchorage and Seattle in the USA. it operates mainly to Alaska and the west coast of the USA but it also flies all over the country to the main airports from Seattle. It reaches as far as Hawaii to the west and New York to the east. It flies to Canada, Cuba, Mexico and Costa Rica as an increase in International destinations are on the increase.
Fleet: The fleet consists entirely of Boeing 737-800/900 new generation aircraft for most of it's flights. For domestic and thinner routes it uses a mix of Dash-Q400 turboprop planes as well as Bombardier CRJ700 and more recently Embraer E170 jets.
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| Good quality service|| On all flights food is only for purchase. (drinks are for free).|
| Competitive prices|| |
| Free seat selection and online check-in. || |
| Associate member with many airlines in which you can earn miles such as British Airways, KLM, American Airlines, Japan Airlines, LATAM, Aeromexico, Air France, Qantas, Delta, korean Air and Emirates. || |
| Good connection service at Seattle Airport|| |
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