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We’re not quite ready to name a Jaunty winner for biggest mover and shaker of the airline industry for 2014 just yet, but Alaska Airlines seems to be making a case for the title each and every week. This time they’re introducing further technology at their destinations, specifically a way to check-in for flights with just your finger.
Alaska Airlines is checking out how to use fingerprints for your reservation, calling it “e-thumb” technology. It’s not just to get on the plane either, as if things go well they’ll put biometrics to use to credit cards for stuff like onboard purchases. Right now the testing seems limited to using the technology—and your thumb—to gain access to the airline lounge.
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Have plans for tomorrow? If not, try to make your way out to Seattle, as Alaska Airlines is hosting a scavenger hunt in and around the city. We would probably play along just for some airline swag or a t-shirt, but what they’re handing out to the winner is even better. To celebrate their order of a whole bunch of brand new Boeing 737-900ERs they are offering up a chance to drive one—at least in the simulator.
The airline will be revealing clues on both Instagram and Twitter beginning at 6am—local time—this Friday. Your job will be to use the hints to find spots in and around Seattle, and if you’re the first to arrive at each location you might just score some time in the Boeing 737 flight simulator.
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Los Cabos' battered airport is seen behind the wingtip of an Alaska Airlines relief flight
UPDATE, 9.24.14: The airport is now scheduled to reopen on October 8. That could change but we'll keep you updated if we hear otherwise.
The fallout from Hurricane Odile continues, now one week after the category 3 storm lashed the Baja Peninsula and stranded nearly 40,000 tourists. Although relief flights operated by governments and even by airlines have been successful in evacuating the stranded, the major airport for the regionLos Cabos International Airport (SJD)remains closed to regularly scheduled service and, as of Friday, the Directorate General of Civil Aeronautics suspended relief operations in order to begin airport repairs.
The latest word on a reopening date for SJD comes from the airport's operator, Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacifico, who are now planning to welcome limited flights no earlier than September 26. The danger lies not in the actual flying to/from or landing at the airport since the runways and taxiways themselves were not damaged. It's the airport buildings serving passengersTerminal 1 with a collapsed roof and Terminal 2 with structural damage, both a general messwhich delay the resumption of flights.
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Alaska Airlines has been utilizing quarterback Russell Wilson of the Seattle Seahawks to promote their cause as Seattle’s hometown airline, and so far so good. There have been funny commercials, appearances here and there, and now the airline is continuing their relationship into the 2014 football season.
His official title is Chief Football Officer—hope the true airline CFO doesn’t mind—and as part of his duties he’s passing some Alaska Airlines savings on to passengers.
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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.