Alaska Airlines Information
Alaska Airlines Overview
Alaska can trace its roots back to McGee Airways, which started in Anchorage in the year 1932. In 1944, McGee and several other airlines merged and reorganized as Alaska Airlines. The legacy carrier was a supporter and benefited from the Airline Deregulation Act of 1978 allowing the airline to expand to more West Coast cities. In 1999, Alaska Airlines was the launch customer of the Boeing 737, allowing the airline to add routes to Midwest and East Coast markets. Throughout the 2000’s the airline added more coast-to-coast routes and began service to Hawaii in 2007. In its most significant move to date, Alaska acquired Virgin America for $2.6 billion in 2016. The purchase established Alaska Airlines as the fifth-largest airline in the United States, regarding its fleet size and passengers served. Read More
The Seattle based airline offers an average of 1,200 daily flights to 115 destinations throughout the United States, Mexico, Canada, and Costa Rica. Alaska serves its 44 million annual customers via its hub airport in Seattle (SEA) and from its focus airports of Anchorage (ANC), Los Angeles (LAX), Portland (PDX), San Francisco (SFO), San Diego (SAN) and San Jose (SJC).
Alaska Airlines frequent flyers can join Mileage Plan, which is the airline’s loyalty program. While not a member of any of the three major airline alliances, Alaska has a large variety of codeshare agreements with various airlines. These airlines include Korean Air, Singapore Airlines, British Airways, and LATAM. Flyers who are residents of Alaska can join Club 49 a free program that allows additional benefits like extra checked bags and travel discounts.
Up until this year Alaska operated and all Boeing fleet supporting the airline manufacturer that it shares the home state of Washington with. However, with the recent takeover of Virgin America, the airline inherited a fleet of 70 Airbuses. The current fleet of Alaska Airlines now consists of roughly 315 airplanes of which the majority is Boeing 737s.
IATA Code: AS
ICAO Code: ASA
Frequent Flyer Program: Mileage Plan
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