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Alaska Airlines Takes Next Step in FAA Authorization for Paine Field Flights



 Alaska Airlines Takes Next Step in FAA Authorization for Paine Field Flights

PR Newswire

SEATTLE, Feb. 7, 2013

SEATTLE, Feb. 7, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Alaska Airlines is working with the
Federal Aviation Administration to add Paine Field in Everett, Wash., as an
authorized airport for the carrier's operations. This is a required step if
the carrier were to begin jet service out of the regional airport at some
point in the future. As required by its application, Alaska Airlines is
providing the FAA with a proposed schedule over the next five years that could
include 28 round-trip jet flights a week.

"We continue to believe that our flights at Sea-Tac Airport and in Bellingham
best serve the Puget Sound region's needs for affordable air travel,
particularly in light of the significant investments both airports have made
recently to improve their facilities," said Andrew Harrison, Alaska Airlines'
vice president of planning and revenue management. "That said, if one or more
other airlines begin operations at Paine Field, we would commence service
alongside these carriers. Submitting a schedule with the FAA along with a
request for authorization to serve Paine is a necessary step in the process."

Alaska Airlines' proposed schedule in the first year of operations would
include 14 weekly round-trip flights to Las Vegas, Honolulu and Maui, Hawaii,
using Boeing 737-800 jet aircraft. Alaska would also fly 21 weekly round-trip
flights to Portland, Ore., with Bombardier Q400 turboprop aircraft. Not all
destinations would be served daily.

By the fifth year of operations, Alaska would fly 49 weekly round-trip
flights. This would include 28 round-trips to Las Vegas, Honolulu, Maui, Los
Angeles, Phoenix and San Diego with 737-800s, plus 21 weekly round-trips to
Portland using Q400s.

Alaska Airlines informed the FAA that these proposed schedules could change
depending on competitors, business and economic factors, and the needs of its
customers. The carrier is also seeking information from the FAA about any
necessary environmental review of its proposed schedule, given a pending legal
challenge to the agency's approval of commercial air service at Paine Field in
December.

Alaska Airlines operates about 1,750 weekly round-trip flights at
Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, located 42 miles south of Paine Field,
and up to 63 weekly round-trip flights at Bellingham International Airport,
which is approximately a one-hour drive north of Everett.

Paine Field currently has no adequate passenger terminal, which would need to
be built before operations by any airline could begin.

Summary of proposed service for the first year — 35 round-trip flights a week:

City Pair          Weekly Frequency Aircraft
Everett-Honolulu   4                737-800
Everett -Las Vegas 7                737-800
Everett -Maui      3                737-800
Everett -Portland  21               Q400

 

Summary of proposed service by the fifth year — 49 round-trip flights a week:

City Pair            Weekly Frequency Aircraft
Everett -Honolulu    4                737-800
Everett -Las Vegas   7                737-800
Everett -Los Angeles 7                737-800
Everett -Maui        3                737-800
Everett -Phoenix     4                737-800
Everett -Portland    21               Q400
Everett -San Diego   3                737-800

 

Alaska Airlines, a subsidiary of Alaska Air Group (NYSE: ALK), together with
its partner regional airlines, serves 95 cities through an expansive network
in Alaska, the Lower 48, Hawaii, Canada and Mexico. Alaska Airlines has ranked
"Highest in Customer Satisfaction Among Traditional Network Carriers" in the
J.D. Power and Associates North America Airline Satisfaction Study^SM for five
consecutive years from 2008 to 2012. For reservations, visit
www.alaskaair.com. For more news and information, visit the Alaska Airlines
Newsroom at www.alaskaair.com/newsroom.

SOURCE Alaska Air Group

Website: http://www.alaskaair.com
Contact: Media Relations, Alaska Airlines, +1-206-392-5101
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