Alaska Airlines launched flights between Burbank and San Jose on 16 March, with the latter airport celebrating the connection with cupcakes. The week previous to Alaska Airlines’ first Burbank service, the carrier had begun a daily connection from New York Newark. The airline’s Burbank service will operate three times daily.
For the inaugural flight between Portland and Orlando on 16 March, both airports teamed up for something that has never been done before, a carpet exchange! PeeDee, Portland Airport’s lovable carpet character was on the first flight to Orlando from Portland, while Orlando sent “McCoy Force One”, a paper airplane made completely out of Orlando Airport carpet, was on the first return flight to Portland. Alaska Airlines will operate the 4,070-kilometre route daily.
- Alaska Airlines commenced four new routes from the US West Coast between 15 and 16 March, one each from Burbank (BUR) and Portland (PDX) and two from San Diego (SAN). Of the four new services only one, Portland – Orlando (MCO), is a unique city pair, with the remaining three set to compete directly with Southwest Airlines. Alaska Airlines’ average weekly frequency on its new services is 13.5, while the average sector length is 2,250 kilometres.
||San Diego (SAN)
||Southwest Airlines (21)
||San Jose (SJC)
||Southwest Airlines (45)
|San Diego (SAN)
||Southwest Airlines (66)
|Source: OAG Schedules Analyser data w/c 21 March 2017. WF = Weekly Frequency.