Alaska Airlines

3:16 pm
Thu April 23, 2015

Alaska Airlines To Experiment With Premium Economy Seating

Alaska Airlines announced a 67 percent increase in net income in the first quarter of 2015.
Alaska Airlines

Originally published on Thu April 23, 2015 10:07 pm

Starting next month, Alaska Airlines will explore charging extra for main cabin seats with more legroom and creature comforts.

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3:41 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

Passengers Unlikely To Benefit From Decline In Airline Fuel Costs

Alaska Airlines announced record profits for the fourth quarter and for calendar year 2014.
Tom Banse Northwest News Network

Originally published on Thu January 22, 2015 3:09 pm

The steep drop in oil prices is helping to pad the bottom line of Seattle-based Alaska Airlines. But don't expect lower fares on the horizon.

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5:09 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

Delta Air Lines Resets Bar Higher For Pacific Northwest Hub

Delta Air Lines and Alaska Airlines are partners and rivals at Sea-Tac Airport.
Credit Tom Banse / Northwest News Network

Delta Air Lines CEO Richard Anderson said his company wants to nearly double its footprint at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. That implies an even stronger challenge than was already in the works to hometown carrier Alaska Airlines.

Anderson visited Seattle last week to discuss expansion plans with airport officials and corporate customers. Afterwards, he recorded a message for his employees. Anderson said he wants to acquire 30 gates to operate a global hub. Delta currently uses about 16 airport gates at Sea-Tac.

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Relief Flights
7:52 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Alaska Airlines Schedules More Rescue Flights From Baja Mexico

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Seattle-based Alaska Airlines plans to launch five more jets Friday to evacuate American vacationers from Los Cabos, Mexico. A hurricane slammed the resort area at the beginning of this week. Since then, there have been reports of looting, no water and electricity, and food shortages. Airlifts to get stranded tourists out of there started Wednesday and ramped up Thursday. Alaska Airlines spokeswoman Halley Knigge greeted the first wave of arrivals in Los Angeles.

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Relief Flights
4:00 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Alaska Rescue Flights Dispatched To Mexico

Vacationers eager to get out of Los Cabos, Mexico, lined up on the tarmac Wednesday.
Credit Alaska Airlines

Seattle-based Alaska Airlines is dispatching jets today to evacuate American vacationers from Los Cabos, Mexico. Baja California is still reeling from the direct hit by Hurricane Odile at the beginning of this week.

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5:53 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Alaska Air Says It Is Holding Its Own Against Delta Onslaught

Seattle-based Alaska Air posted a record second quarter profit.
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The intensifying competition between Alaska Airlines and rival Delta Air Lines in the Western skies does not seem to be hurting the bottom line of either company. Seattle-based Alaska Air posted a record second quarter profit Thursday. This, a day after Delta toasted its own high revenues. Alaska executives are still concerned about a flood of new seats on its home turf. 

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Delta At Sea-Tac
1:59 am
Mon June 30, 2014

Delta, Alaska Airlines Fight For Market Share In Seattle

Originally published on Mon June 30, 2014 10:32 am



In the airline industry, we've gone through a period of mergers, consolidation and downsizing. Because of all this, some airlines have had to disappoint cities. They've stopped using them as hubs, which brings us something unusual at Seattle-Tocoma International Airport. The Northwest News Network's Tom Banse reports that Delta Air Lines has made it its newest hub.

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Seattle Delta Hub
7:26 am
Tue June 17, 2014

Delta Air Lines Building Hub In Seattle, Putative Partner’s Hometown

Port of Seattle fire trucks salute a Delta Airbus A330 as it departs for Hong Kong on Monday.
Credit Port of Seattle

Pacific Northwest travelers will get ringside seats to see if two airlines can be partners and rivals at the same time. One of those "frenemies" - if you will - is Seattle-based Alaska Airlines. And in the other corner is Delta Air Lines. The two are long-term contractual allies. But the relationship is being tested.

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4:22 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

Delta Airlines Building Pacific Hub In Alaska Air’s Hometown

Delta is adding domestic flights to its new hub in Seattle to feed traffic to the international routes.
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Delta Airlines is celebrating a new nonstop service to Hong Kong at SeaTac Airport today. The new route is another building block for a global gateway Delta is developing in Seattle.

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4:39 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

Alaska Air CEO "Confident" As Delta Spreads Wings On Home Turf

Airline rivals and allies converge at Atlanta's airport this week.
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The parent company of Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air announced strong earnings for the first quarter of the year on Friday. The airline group's CEO said he expects good results for the rest of 2014 as well, notwithstanding growing competition from Delta Air Lines on Alaska's home turf.

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