Three generations of 737s help Alaska Airlines ride the Boeing efficiency boom

Alaska Airlines 737-MAX8

To understand the importance of Boeing’sadvances in 737 fuel efficiency to the airline industry, look no further than Alaska Airlines. The Seattle-based airline, now head-to-head in a market fight against much-larger rival Delta Air Lines, is basing much of its strategy on Boeing’s 737 planes, and on that aircraft’s substantial fuel burn improvements. The airline’s […]

Delta and Alaska Airline Rivalry Could Be a Boost For Boeing

United Airlines Boeing 787 Livery

While the merger of United Airlines and Continental left a gaping hole at the ticket counter at SeaTac International Airport, frequent fliers are noticing an expansion of Delta and Alaska check-in stations these days. That expansion could mean a great boost to Boeing and Washington’s economy in the future — if state lawmakers hold the […]

U.S. News & World Report – Best Airline Rewards Programs for 2014-2015

To help travelers make the most of airline and hotel rewards, U.S. News & World Report today released the 2014-15 Best Travel Rewards Programs. This year’s rankings feature information on 27 airline and hotel programs. New this year, JetBlue’s TrueBlue frequent flier plan is the No. 1 Best Airline Rewards Program. Marriott Rewards once again […]

Boeing, Alaska Airlines Announce Order for Two 737-900ERs and Delivery of 100th Next-Generation 737

Alaska 737-800

Boeing and Alaska Airlines completed Boeing’s first firm airplane order of 2014 for two additional 737-900ER (Extended Range) airplanes. The agreement, worth $192 million at current list prices, coincides with today’s direct delivery of the 100th Next-Generation 737 airplane to Alaska Airlines. The 737, the world’s best-selling commercial airliner, is a valuable contributor to the […]

Alaska Airlines Retrofitting 737 Fleet With New, Split Winglet [IMAGE]

Alaska Airlines Split Scimitar Winglet

Alaska Airlines jetliners will soon fly more efficiently thanks to a new performance-enhancing winglet the carrier is installing on its Boeing Next Generation 737s, which will reduce fuel consumption by 58,000 gallons a year per aircraft. The split winglet will save the airline $20 million and cut carbon dioxide emissions by 57,000 tons annually, which […]

Boeing, Alaska Airlines Announce Order for Five Next-Generation 737-900ERs [PHOTO]

Alaska Airlines 737-900 ER

Boeing and Alaska Airlines today announced an order for five additional Next-Generation 737-900ERs (Extended Range). The order, valued at $481 million at list prices, continues Alaska Airlines’ investment in its fleet and efforts to improve fuel performance. “Today’s announcement supports our goal of growing Alaska Airlines by 4 to 8 percent a year,” said Mark […]

Alaska Airlines Begins Flights Between San Diego and Kauai

Alaska Airlines inaugurates nonstop service today between San Diego and Lihue, Kauai. The flight operates daily through Aug. 26, and then will operate four days a week. Alaska also flies nonstop from San Diego to Honolulu and Maui. “With the addition of San Diego-Kauai, Alaska Airlines now offers 171 flights a week from San Diego […]

Alaska Airlines and ALPA Tentatively Agree on Five-Year Pilot Contract

Alaska Airlines and the Air Line Pilots Association, International announced today they have reached tentative agreement on a new five-year contract for the carrier’s 1,480 pilots. “I want to thank and congratulate the negotiators for Alaska and ALPA for reaching tentative agreement on a long-term contract, which is unusual in our industry,” said Gary Beck […]