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Alaska Airlines has announced that it has opened bookings for 18 daily non-stop flights between Paine Field and eight cities on the West Coast. As long as the government gives the go-ahead (which it will) the flights will launch on 11 February 2019.
With flights to Portland, San Francisco, San Jose, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Orange County, Phoenix and San Diego, travelers based to the north of Seattle (Alaska’s home town airport) should now be able to save a considerable amount of traveling time when using Alaska to fly up and down the West Coast.
Here’s the currently published initial schedule (click to enlarge):
An Alaska Airlines spokesperson has confirmed that after the services start up on 11 February 2019 the plan is to ramp up the daily frequencies once it’s clear that services are running smoothly.
Further details can be found on Alaska’s timetable page.
Alaska’s new services from Paine Field will be operated by Horizon Air flying Embraer 175 aircraft “featuring first class and premium class” cabins.
A quick look at SeatGuru suggests that Alaska/Horizon only have one cabin layout for the Embraer 175s so, unless they plan to make changes I haven’t heard about, this is the cabin configuration we can expect:
- 12 First Class seats
- 12 Premium Class seats
- 52 Economy Class seats
The First Class cabin is set out in a 1-2 layout while the Premium cabin and the Economy Class cabin both offer a 2-2 layout.
Regional jets aren’t usually known for being the most comfortable aircraft to fly in (especially at the back) but this configuration looks pretty good.
Here’s what Alaska Airlines had to say about the aircraft:
The E175 aircraft offers a three-class cabin, including first class and premium class – with more legroom, early boarding and complimentary drinks and snacks. On the E175, every seat is either a window or an aisle – there are no middle seats. Guests will enjoy hundreds of free movies and TV shows, free texting, and new fresh and local food items and beverage selections onboard. This is all part of Alaska’s award-winning service and focus on offering low fares and great value to our guests.
According to SeatGuru the First Class seats offer 42″ of pitch (legroom) and 21″ of width and that’s about as generous as you’ll find on any narrow-body domestic aircraft.
The Premium seats offer 36″ of pitch and over 18″ of width while even the Economy Class seats look ok with 32″ of pitch and over 18″ of width – that’s more room than you’ll find in most (all?) transatlantic Economy Class cabins.
Sale Prices & Double Miles On Offer
Alaska Airlines has launched a 2-day fare sale to celebrate the opening of bookings from Paine Field and fares are starting from $39 one-way.
The headline promotional one-way fares are as follows:
- Portland from $39
- San Jose from $59
- San Francisco from $59
- Las Vegas from $69
- Los Angeles from $69
- San Diego from $69
The sale ends on 16 November 2018 (link to sale page).
As well as offering a 2-day sale Alaska Airlines is also offering double miles on all of its routes out of Pain Field for a limited period of time. The promotion is remarkably simple:
- Register before 31 March 2019 (here)
- Travel on qualifying nonstop flights between February 11, 2019 and March 31, 2019 and earn double miles.
- Flight must be marketed by Alaska Airlines and operated by Alaska Airlines, Horizon Air, or SkyWest.
- Mileage for qualifying flights must be credited to a member’s Mileage Plan™ account.
- Not valid on free or award travel.
- Double Miles do not count towards Mileage Plan™ Elite Status.
- Double Miles will be awarded within four to six weeks of meeting the promotion’s qualifications.
- All terms and conditions of the Mileage Plan™ program apply.
- Offer subject to change without notice.
The small print:
Qualifying nonstop flights include flights between Pine Field and any of the following airports: Portland (PDX), San Francisco (SFO), San Jose (SJC), Las Vegas (LAS), Los Angeles (LAX), Orange County (SNA), San Diego (SAN) or Phoenix (PHX).