Alaska Airlines strengthens its domestic network with six new routes

On 11 June, Alaska Airlines celebrated its inaugural flight from Salt Lake City to Los Angeles with plenty of Mickey Mouse ears. 

Celebrations continued the next day at Seattle-Tacoma Airport, where Alaska Airlines launched daily services to New Orleans. Following a ribbon cutting ceremony, the first flight departed in true laissez-faire fashion.

On the same day, Alaska Airlines’ 737-800s arrived at New Orleans Airport, where it was greeted with this special cake. Aimee Quirk, representing the City of New Orleans presents a Certificate of Recognition to Matthew Kessi, Alaska Airlines General Manager, Sales from New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu. Iftikhar Ahmad, Director of Aviation pictured next to Kessi gave the welcome on behalf of the New Orleans Aviation Board. 

  • Alaska Airlines added six domestic routes, of which five were launched from Salt Lake City, UT (SLC), to its offering during the course of last week. With the longest sector being the 3,357-kilometre service from Seattle-Tacoma, WA (SEA) to New Orleans, LA (MSY) launched on 12 June, and the shortest being inaugurated on 16 June from Salt Lake City, UT (SLC) to Boise, ID (BOI) at 468 kilometres, the carrier will face extensive competition on five of the new services from Delta Air Lines, American Airlines, Southwest Airlines and United Airlines. Alaska Airlines is analysed in more detail in this week’s airline analysis.
Launch date Origin Destination WF A/C Competition (WF)
11 June Salt Lake City, UT (SLC) Los Angeles, CA (LAX) 7 EQV Delta Air Lines (49), American Airlines (28),
Southwest Airlines (20), United Airlines (14)
16 June Boise, ID (BOI) DH4 Delta Air Lines (34)
Las Vegas, NV (LAS) 14 Delta Air Lines (41), Southwest Airlines (34)
10 June San Diego, CA (SAN) EQV Delta Air Lines (35)
13 June San Jose, CA (SJC) 7 B739 Delta Air Lines (34)
12 June Seattle-Tacoma, WA (SEA) New Orleans, LA (MSY) B738


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