Oct. 20, 2017 update:

Alaska Airlines is continuing its partnership with the Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program by investing an additional $1 million over the next three years. This brings Alaska Airlines total investment in the program to $2 million and will allow an additional 2,000 students from rural Alaska to participate in ANSEP.

This support is a part of Alaska Airlines’ continued commitment to support youth and education efforts in the communities they serve. In 2016, Alaska Airlines donated $3.6 million to over 300 nonprofits in the state of Alaska. Learn more about Alaska’s continued investment in ANSEP here.

Original story:

The temperature was well below zero when the sun began to rise on the frozen Kuskowim River in Bethel, Alaska. The bone-chilling dark slowly gave way to a pink glow that cast a warm light on this rural Alaska community.

When the sun finally peeked over the horizon at 9:45 a.m., residents were well into their daily routines. But this January morning was a bit different: 50 students from Bethel and remote villages gathered with packed bags for a special 12-day journey that could have ripple effects through the rest of their lives.

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In the world of aviation photography, the money shot looks like this: Alaska Airlines’ bright-blue Disney plane soars through billowy white clouds, perfectly spotlighted by midmorning sun. The Boeing 737-900 banks slightly to showcase its colorful fuselage painted with the “Fab Five” – Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Pluto and Goofy – along with the cheerful words, “We’re going to Disneyland.”

In an age of computer-generated everything, the surreal scenes look animated. But this magic is real.

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At Alaska your journey becomes part of the adventure as you watch free entertainment, snack on food and drinks with inspired flavors from the Pacific Northwest, relax in our custom, power equipped seats, and enjoy our award-winning service. It’s all part of Alaska Beyond™ – a new flight experience designed to go above and beyond your expectations.

At Alaska, we’re all about discovering new flavors to share with our friends and customers. In December, we announced a new partnership with three-time James Beard award-winning chef Tom Douglas to bring a rotating selection of signature items to customers flying from our Seattle and Portland, as well as all West Coast flights to Hawaii.

We also launched our new flight experience Alaska Beyond, featuring delicious food and beverages, comfortable custom-Recaro seats and all-new inflight entertainment featuring hit TV shows and movies direct to your own device.

All content, including premium movies and TV shows, will be complimentary through March 31, 2015. Starting April 1, customers can still enjoy free access to a wide selection of complimentary custom curated content and purchase premium movies and TV shows starting at $1.99.

But you don’t have to be flying to enjoy those signature Tom Douglas flavors, or great content from one of our local inflight entertainment partners: Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF).

You can bring the Alaska Beyond experience home with a delicious recipe for Tom Douglas’ Tasty Tomato Soup and an exclusive offer: up to 40 percent off tickets to movies and events during this year’s SIFF: www.SIFF.net/AlaskaBeyond.

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Sea-Tac International Airport is a blur of blue and green as Seattle football fans begin to make their way to Phoenix. Balloons, Skittles and cheers abound throughout the terminals this week.

Headed to Phoenix? Breeze through the airport with these big game travel tips.

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By Doug Branch, Captain, Alaska Airlines

Doug Branch’s interest in aviation began around the same time he could say the word “plane.” Captain Branch has deep roots in the Pacific Northwest, including growing up on Bainbridge Island and learning to fly at Eastern Washington’s Big Bend Community College. After three years flying for a commuter airline in the midwest, Doug joined Alaska Airlines in 2001. After 14 years, he has a passion for doing things safely and efficiently and is honored to have the opportunity to educate passengers and to facilitate life’s great memories by getting them safely to where they need to go.

In Ask an Alaska Pilot, he will address common questions he gets from friends, family and travelers. Do you have a question you’ve been wanting to ask a pilot? Let us know in the comments and your question could be featured in a future post.

What route do you fly?

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Pacific Northwest skiers and snowboarders are suffering another winter of discontent. With snow levels remaining at stubbornly high elevations in this El Niño year and local ski areas struggling to stay open, it’s easy to give in to despair.

I’ve been an avid skier and snowboarder for the past 30 years, so I decided to cheer myself up by heading to one of North America’s best powder destinations, Steamboat Springs, Colorado. It’s just a two-hour flight from Seattle to Hayden, Colorado, then a 30-minute drive or shuttle into the Steamboat resort area.

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Wall Street Journal ranks Alaska #1

When it comes to getting passengers to their final destination on time with their bags, Alaska Airlines is the best. In its annual survey of major U.S. airlines, The Wall Street Journal today ranked Alaska the best airline in the United States for the second consecutive year.

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By Marie LeBaron, Make and Takes

Marie LeBaron is the editor of Make and Takes, a popular parenting site featuring kids’ crafts, home projects, recipes, parenting tips and more. She lives in Seattle with her family, and loves to travel.

When traveling with children, you might need a few things to keep the kids entertained as you fly. I’ve come up with six must-have items to bring with you as you travel. These are tried and true items I’ve used with my own kids as we’re on the go. They are all things you can simply add to your child’s bag or place in a pocket of your own carry-on. These can all be played with while waiting for the airplane to arrive or as you fly to your destination. Hopefully these items will keep the kids busy for a little while before asking “are we there yet?”

** Be kind to your flight attendants and make sure to take used items off the plane with you when you leave.

Here are my top 6 must-haves for a traveling busy bag:

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Our Chief Football Officer Russell Wilson has a big game this weekend, and we can’t wait to cheer him on. In fact, we’re so excited that we’ve decided to take our support one step further.

For every touchdown scored by Wilson and his offense, Alaska Airlines will donate $3,000 to a cause we’re as passionate about as Seattle football: Strong Against Cancer.

Strong Against Cancer is a multi-year initiative dedicated to ending childhood cancer. Funds raised go directly to research in immunotherapy treatments developed by the Ben Towne Center for Childhood Cancer Research. In clinical trials, this breakthrough treatment has had an 85 percent success rate. In November, Russell Wilson joined as the captain of this important cause, continuing his well-known dedication to kids in the community.

Naturally, we wanted to join the Strong Against Cancer team as well, so in addition to the $100,000 we’ve already donated, we’ll be watching closely this weekend, excited to cheer on Wilson and the rest of our hometown football team while raising funds for childhood cancer research.

For fans crossing their fingers they might get to root Wilson on all month (knock on wood!), we’re making it easier for you to get to Phoenix. We’ve added an additional roundtrip flight between Seattle and Phoenix, departing Seattle at 5:55 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 30, and another flight leaving Phoenix at 5:55 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 2. The flights are on sale now at alaskaair.com.

Go Russell! #strongagainstcancer

A family’s beloved dog, who went on an unplanned cross-country adventure over the holidays, created quite a stir as dog lovers and Alaska Airlines helped to get her home.

Penny, a floppy-eared vizsla puppy from Royal City, Washington, went missing near her home on Dec. 19, leaving her owners, Kendra and Colt Brown, worried sick.  When Adams County Pet Rescue put Penny’s picture on Facebook, a woman called to say she recognized the dog from a truck stop. A cross-country truck driver had thought Penny was a stray and had taken the dog.

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