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Sometimes it’s hard to stay on top of all the new route announcements that come our way, so we’ve complied a little bit of a rundown below. As long as you can afford the fares, this should definitely help add to your passport stamp collection.
· Cathay Pacific:
Heading to Hong Kong is about to get a little bit easier, as Cathay Pacific is preparing for some new nonstop flights to and from the nifty fifty. This time they will be departing from Boston on their way to Hong Kong, and it looks like things are scheduled to takeoff for the first time on May 3, 2015. Once the necessary government seals and stamps are in place the flights will do their thing four times per week, and the flying fun will be completed thanks to some Boeing 777-300ER—complete a true first class cabin!
· Virgin Atlantic:
Great news for those who call the Motor City home, as it looks like Virgin Atlantic is putting the pieces in place for a new route across the pond. The plan is for the carrier to do the nonstop thing between Detroit and London beginning during the summer of 2015. Obviously things can change between now and then, but it does sound like this should be a daily option.
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We’re still a month away from the true kickoff of the NFL football season, but Alaska Airlines is already banking for your fall travel dollars with a football-theme promotion. Along with their Chief Football Officer—and Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson—they’ve got a new commercial promoting their general airline awesomeness.
The ad depicts Alaska Airlines employees going through some traditional football training camp activities, but of course with a little bit more of an airline edgethink flight attendants tossing bags of peanuts to cardboard passengers aboard golf carts.
It’s pretty darn funny and definitely worth thirty seconds of your time on a Friday, so be sure to check it out.
[Photo / Video: Alaska Airlines]
[Photo / Video: Alaska Airlines]
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There seems to be a little bit of buzz coming out of the Alaska Airlines Board Room, and it all has to do with a little bit of breakfast. Like plenty of airport and airline lounges the folks at Alaska Airlines put out a little bit of a morning spread, but here there’s also a little bit of breakfast technology hard at work.
The lounge’s pancake machine is well known, and after making its debut at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport the contraption has also found a home in Anchorage, Los Angeles, and Portland as well. You’ll need to access the Alaska Airlines Board Room to check things out, and thankfully they’re offering $10 off a day pass through the end of the month—that’s just $35 for the day.
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Good news from the planes and people over at Alaska Airlines, and this time it has nothing to do with their in-flight oatmeal. The carrier is pretty darn proud of their latest airplane advancement—thanks to Boeing—and now they’re all about sharing the news about their expanded overhead bins.
These new so-called Space Bins can increase carry-on capacity by roughly 50 percent, and that’s certainly appealing to those passengers bringing plenty of personal belongings along for overhead storage.
Alaska Airlines is apparently the first carrier that will offer these up, and for those familiar with the airline’s current Boeing Sky Interior—it’s kind of a similar look but with even more capacity.
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Here’s something to improve your morning, as it combines two of our favorite things—airlines and breakfast. Alaska Airlines adds some fun stuff to their blog now and then, and just the other day they included a recipe for some good looking oatmeal that they serve up in first class.
We’re hardly travel nutritionists over here, but we have to say that the ingredients below look pretty good. Most importantly they also look pretty darn tasty.
It’s not every day that an airline offers up some flight attendant positions, so we figured we would let you know about the latest carrier to do so. Openings are usually limited to only a few days, as there are so many applicants and so much interest—so get that cover letter and resume up-to-date and ready to go sooner than later.
The folks over at Alaska Airlines are looking for a few good men and women to join their team, as they’re holding a training class for those lucky enough to score a position later this summer. These positions will do their thing from their base in Anchorage, so be sure that’s going to work for you before clicking submit. They do note that eventually base assignments can change, and later options might include spots like Portland, San Diego, Los Angeles, and Seattle.
Alaska Airlines is spreading its wings and venturing into another mode of transportation, as they’re kind of getting into the bicycle business. In actuality it’s more of a sponsorship deal—advertising their main business of flying to here and there—as they’re chipping in $2.5 million to help get the Seattle metro area’s bike share up and running later this year.
Pronto Emerald City Cycle Share will be similar to bike sharing systems set up in cities across the country and the globe, so we don’t bore your with all the nitty gritty details. Do note that organizers recognize that the city is a little more hilly than other metro areas, and they’re preparing the rental bikes to have a few more gears than in other cities and systems—seven to be exact.
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Beginning May 1st, Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan members will be able to check one case of wine for free on their return flight to all domestic destinations departing out of four Oregon airports (Portland, Medford, Redmond, Eugene) as well as one in Washington (Walla Walla). As someone who has routinely debated whether a bottle of booze or two is worth the extra baggage fee it would cost get them home, this writer loves the concept and cooperation the program exemplifies.
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Treat yourself during your next flight, as airlines are adding better beers and beverages suitable for an in-flight toast. Here’s a few of the carriers doing the microbrew thing at 35,000-feet, and their newest additions to the up in the air menu:
Delta & SweetWater Brewing Company
No offense to the Budweiser and Coors Light crew, but there’s better things brewing in Delta’s beverage cart. Last month the carrier introduced a little local flavor to their in-flight menu, as they’re offering up something from Atlanta’s SweetWater Brewing Company. Thanks to some new canning techniques sky-high distribution is now available, and you can enjoy some 420 Extra Pale Ale on select Delta flights. These will set you back $6, but for now are limited to flights between Atlanta and New York-LaGuardia.
Just a couple weeks ago we were discussing the new beer options aboard Alaska Airlines, and now this week it’s once again time to raise a glass—cheers!
Alaska Airlines knows that tastes and smells all work a little bit differently when high in the sky, so they’ve selected some blends and vintages that will perform well on the palate at cruising altitude. Now they’ve partnered with a Walla Walla, Washington winery—say that three times fast—to get some new stuff loaded into the beverage cart.
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We’re all about the beverage cart, and we’re not talking about the difficult decision regarding Coke or Diet Coke. We’re interested in new additions to the in-flight menu, so we wanted to share that Alaska Airlines is adding a new option to their mile high menu.
The airline is starting up a little in-flight beer tasting, as they’re welcoming Silver Gulch Brewing & Bottling Co.'s Old 55 Pale Ale into the cabin. Things will be limited to Bombardier Q400 flights between spots like Anchorage and Fairbanks as well as Anchorage and Kodiak. However, even with the limited availability—we certainly can't complain about a free drink while up in the air.
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Southwest will join Frontier and Alaska Airlines in offering craft beer aboard its flights when it begins serving New Belgium's Fat Tire this weekend. The price will be a reasonable $5, on par if not cheaper than what you'd pay in a bar on the ground (outside of the airport, of course).
This is obviously good news for beer drinkers, but it also speaks on a larger level about the growing supply capabilities of craft brewers. New Belgium is the third largest craft brewer in the States, and will have its hands full stocking the shelves of all 683 Southwest and AirTran planes. As it turns out, it's also another benefit of the craft beer canning movement. Because glass bottles are prohibited in-flight, a beer has to come in a can to be served at 30,000 ft.