Alaska Airlines to hire over 3,000 frontline employees in 2019

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Myrcedes recently joined Alaska as a Lounge hospitality host, becoming our 10,000th employee in Washington state. Photo by Ingrid Barrentine.

New year, new job? On the heels of hiring our 10,000th employee in Washington state, we’re announcing our 2019 jobs forecast. We plan to add 3,000+ jobs, mostly frontline positions, across Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air in the next 12 months.

Three-quarters of the new jobs will reside in our home state.

We’re planning to hire a range of roles across different parts of Alaska and Horizon, including maintenance technicians, airport operations, pilots, customer service, cargo and flight attendants. A majority of the new jobs, which will be posted online at and, do not require previous airline experience.

“An airline needs great planes, but also great people. We’re thankful for the community here in our home state that is producing diverse talent and strong local partnerships,” said Andy Schneider, Alaska Airlines vice president of people. “Together, we’re building long-term, sustainable growth across Washington and, most importantly, giving the next generation a chance to succeed.”

Growing our home state, together

In addition to our own workforce, we rely on a rich supply chain of manufacturing, service and technology providers, as well as local vendors, to create an airline people love – and keep growing.

Together, we contributed $7 billion to Washington’s economy, according to our just-released Economic Impact Study.

Report highlights:

  • In 2017 alone, our operations contributed to 23,500+ jobs across the state, including positions at Alaska Air Group, companies in our supply chain and those supported by the earnings of our employees.
  • Our total employment impact in Washington increased 42 percent over the past five years.
  • We’ve doubled the number of partnerships we have with local vendors – Starbucks, Fremont Brewing, Beecher’s Handmade Cheese to name a few.
  • We spent nearly $2.4 billion on Boeing planes over the past five years, which created an additional $3.4 billion in economic activity in Washington.
  • Of the $15.5 million we donated to charity in 2017, half went to charities in Washington state.

As we look ahead, Washington will continue to be a central focus, as we connect our guests at home and abroad. Sea-Tac is our largest hub for national and international passenger travel and cargo, and we’re committed to continue growing together.

Check out our full report to learn more.

39 comments on "Alaska Airlines to hire over 3,000 frontline employees in 2019"

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  2. I live I Seattle. When will the jobsbe posted and is a driver’s license required? I can bus pretty much anywhere or take the train.

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  4. Dear,
    I want to apply as a flight attendant. What is the requirements? How can I apply?
    Thank you

  5. It’s great to hear how well our hometown airline is doing! I’m hoping to be part of the team someday 🙂

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  7. Good for the Northwest! Alaska Airlines it is the greatest – Especially the employees, like my flight attendant daughter.

  8. Whether traveling to Washington from Dallas or Houston, we always try to fly Alaska. The planes are cleaner and the staff/service is always the best.

  9. Great news! I have 36 years of training and customer service training delivery skills and would love to bring them to Alaska Airlines. tell me how!!

  10. Will there be any openings for IT roles? I’d love to apply for a help desk or desktop support role with Alaska Airlines!

  11. A breath of fresh air….a Company staying local and expanding locally, even post Virgin acquisition. I will continue to make every effort to only fly Alaska, period. Hoping it’s as great a place to work as it is to fly!

  12. Great to see Alaska doing so well. I fly Alaska both domestic and international. And wouldn’t have it any other way! I think I will reconsider going back to work. I have procurement and customer service skills you can use.

  13. So happy that you’re opening in Everett❤️No more commuting through Seattle! Thank You!

  14. Congratulations Alaska!!!! I love that you have a “Vice President of People”. Alaska is my all time favorite airline and I travel often domestically and internationally; no other airline competes. Keep the Pacific Northwest strong!!! (from Portland)

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