Alaska Airlines is an airline based at the Seatac airport, Washington State, USA, near Seattle. It has grown from a small regional airline to become a company that transports more than 12 million passengers a year.
It’s main hubs are the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and the Ted Stevens International Airport Anchorage in Anchorage, Alaska. It also performs major operations in the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and at the Portland International Airport.
In the beginning, the airline took the name of McGee Airways, which was opened with its route between Anchorage and the bay of Bristol in 1932. Through several processes of mergers and acquisitions with other companies, the changes occurred in the corporate name, also, the business expanded into Alaska and the USA. Their name was adopted in 1944. A subsidiary of the airline, Horizon Air, was created in 1981 to serve routes neglected by other larger airlines. In 1985, the Alaska Air Group was formed, as a type of holding company for the airline. A year later the holding company acquired Horizon Air and Jet America Airlines, which joined the airline in 1987.
Its routes cover more than 80 cities in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. The reputation of the airline for providing excellent service has earned it high marks in publications such as Travel Leisure and Conde Nast Traveler. It is considered as one of the pioneers in implementing leading edge technology. It was the first to sell tickets from its own web site, in allowing the registration of boarding passes for your flight from the internet, and installing automatic self-registration kiosks to get the passengers to the gates at airports. Alaska Airlines was also the first to introduce the digEplayer, a portable entertainment system that provides movies, in accordance with the tastes of the passenger, television programs, cartoons, music and information about the destination city.
Historically it has been one of the larger airline companies on the west coast of the United States, as well as in the state of Alaska, with a strong presence in Seattle, Portland, the San Francisco Bay Area and the Metropolitan Area of Los Angeles (serving the whole of the five major airports in the Los Angeles area and three in the Bay Area). With the acquisition of next generation Boeing 737 aircraft in 1999, Alaska began to cover more long-range flights. In 2000, began operating between Anchorage and Chicago. In 2001, it was awarded the “slot exemptions” by the Department of Transport to operate a non-stop flight from the Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) to Seattle, which was suspended after only a few days, due to the attacks of September 11. However, services were resumed the following year, as well as adding another al flight from Washington National Airport to Seattle, which was inaugurated in 2004, as well as a non-stop flight between the National in Washington and Los Angeles. Other long-range flights from Seattle began in 2002, including operations to Boston, Miami, and Newark. In October of 2007 the airline started service to Hawaii, making a non-stop flight to Honolulu from Seattle and Anchorage as well as a service to Lihue, Kauai from Seattle.