Alaska Airlines recently partnered with Darling Media to launch the “Go, be you” video series, which follows eight women as they explore eight Alaska Airlines destinations. Each video is hosted by a traveler who shares the hidden gems that define the personality of each city.

San Diego with Jeanette Ogden

A breath of perfect air. The ultimate facial. Authentic Japanese Matcha. Campfire-inspired cuisine. Jeanette Ogden (founder of Shut the Kale Up – a wellness, health, and fitness platform) takes in the relaxing and rejuvenating air and aura of San Diego, and its surrounding natural beauty. Ready to fly? Shop now.

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Great trips require great planning. Whether you’re traveling for business, or flying some place new with the family, there’s a lot that goes into getting ready for travel.

You’ve scrolled through options for hotels, activities and restaurants, and made your selections. And now on Alaska, if you’ve splurged on a first class seat, or snagged an upgrade with your elite status, you can do the same with your in-flight meal options.

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Alone on the airfield, one cart is reserved for heroes.

With blue paint, red carpet and American flag curtains, the customized cart carries the remains of fallen service members along their journey home to their final resting place.

It’s the most visible component of the Alaska Airlines Fallen Soldier Program, which ensures the remains are treated with respect and dignity upon arrival.

In May 2018, Alaska’s ninth cart was delivered to San Francisco International Airport.

Today, Alaska Airlines has dedicated carts in Anchorage, Seattle, Portland, San Diego, Los Angeles, Honolulu, Washington, D.C., Dallas and San Francisco. While the carts remain under Alaska’s care at each of these locations, they are available for any airline to use when transporting remains.

Brian Bowden, one of the original creators of the program and line aircraft technician, says the cart program was a way to show support and respect for those who serve, as well as their families.

“We always get asked ‘Why do you do this?’ For us it’s simple: freedom isn’t free. It comes at a price,” said Bowden. “We are just trying to have soldiers’ backs and provide them with this service on their final journey home, so their loved ones know that people cared about what they did. If the family and military escort knows that we cared, then we did our job.”

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Alaska Airlines recently partnered with Darling Media to launch the “Go, be you” video series, which follows eight women as they explore eight Alaska Airlines destinations. Each video is hosted by a traveler who shares the hidden gems that define the personality of each city.

“Alaska provides West Coast residents with the most nonstop flights to places where they can truly discover themselves, rejuvenate and create memories,” said Natalie Bowman, Alaska’s managing director of marketing and advertising. “Partnering with Darling has allowed us to highlight these travel opportunities in such an authentic and engaging way.”

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On May 5, 2,000 students descended on Alaska’s Seattle hangar for a taste of the aviation industry. What they got was a nine-course meal.

Students tried their hand at landing a Boeing 737 in-flight simulator, built gliders with guidance from Boeing engineers, chatted up military fighter pilots, performed maintenance checks with Alaska mechanics and attended lectures with the pros to learn what it takes to pursue aviation careers.

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As Alaska Air Group breaks ground on a new office building near Sea-Tac Airport, we’re giving back to our communities and keeping as much as we can out of landfills.

Earlier this spring, Alaska teamed up with a group of volunteers from Habitat for Humanity to clear out each room of the former Sandstone Inn in SeaTac, across the street from Alaska’s Corporate Headquarters, to get it ready for the construction of the new office building.

“Habitat for Humanity is a valued partner serving communities where Alaska employees live and work,” said Shaunta Hyde, managing director of community relations. “As we strive to build a better future for our people, partnering with Habitat to benefit the lives of families in our backyard seemed like a logical next step for Alaska.”

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By Wyatt Curtiss

Captain Tom Rogers has had a remarkable career in aviation. Since starting his career in the 1970s, he’s flown more than 100 types of aircraft on four continents (including the F-15), racking up more than 21,000 hours as a pilot.

But as remarkable as his career has been, his path into aviation was pretty typical. Rogers’ father was a private pilot – he grew up around a tight-knit culture of aviators where some of his first jobs were around the airport, washing windows and gassing private planes.

Having spent decades flying in the Air Force and then for Alaska Airlines, he found the stories of the pilots he shared the flight deck with to be awfully similar. And, as the industry faced a looming shortage of aviation professionals, he realized those similarities were part of the problem.

“Aviation careers are so specialized that a lot of people don’t even know they are out there,” said Rogers. “And although aviation was a cool, leading edge career in the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s, now there are a lot of competing high-tech opportunities that scoop kids away.”

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By Abe Kislevitz 

Alaska Airlines’ program to send people to cool places around the world, the #WorldwideWanderer, gave me and my best friend Caleb Farro the opportunity to explore Hong Kong for the first time. No, Alaska Airlines doesn’t fly to Hong Kong, but Alaska Global Partner Cathay Pacific does! I always heard great things about this city but never had the chance to go until now. We spent a full six days in the heart of the city, adventuring to as many spots as we could.

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Hardcore runners travel with the goal of completing a race, and then flying home. But what’s the fun in that?  How about traveling to an amazing destination with the goal of having a great vacation – with a little running on the side?

5 tips for planning your racecation:

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UPDATE May 1, 2018: We have successfully moved to one reservation system – our biggest integration milestone. Also, we now have one airport brand, website, mobile app and call center. All of this work means our merger is now 75 percent complete.

UPDATE April 25, 2018: We’re making very good progress with our biggest integration milestone yet. We have transitioned all branding and signage to Alaska Airlines at the 29 airports served by both Alaska and Virgin America. Now when traveling, no matter where you’re flying or what type of plane you’re on, you’ll use Alaska’s website, mobile app, airport kiosks and call center. Plus, we now have one reservations system.

ORIGINAL STORY:

Over the last 18 months, we have been on a journey. At Alaska, we love journeys – to Hawaii, to Mexico, to Boston, to home. There’s excitement in the adventure. And even when there’s a little turbulence, we work hard to make yours a great experience – which is why we’re delighted to achieve a point in our integration with Virgin America when your travel with us will be more seamless, everywhere we fly.

As of April 25, you will:

  • Check-in using one website (alaskaair.com).
  • Use one mobile app (Alaska’s).
  • Call one call center (Alaska’s).
  • Look for Alaska flight numbers.

At the airport, check-in takes place at Alaska’s ticket counters and kiosks. Regardless of where you’re flying, you’ll head for Alaska gates.

On the night of April 24, we’ll complete physical changes at 29 airports around the U.S. and Mexico that are served by both Alaska and Virgin America. The only branding and signage will now be for Alaska Airlines. Signs and screens will all change to Alaska branding at curbside locations, lobbies, ticket counters, gates and baggage areas. While there will be some Virgin America painted aircraft still flying for a period of time after April 25, tickets will be sold only under the Alaska name.

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Planning a vacation is great fun. Packing for that vacation? Not so much – especially if you’re like many frequent travelers and prefer to travel light with a carry-on bag.

Streamline your day of travel with these five tips for wrangling your carry-on.

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More than a thousand times a day, our planes take off, following a careful symphony of process and procedure, to make your flight safe and smooth.  And with each takeoff, our values guide us to operate safely and on-time, to provide great service, to do the right thing, and to be kind-hearted.

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