By Shaunta Hyde, Managing Director of Community Relations, Alaska Airlines

Every minute, 20 people are victims of physical violence by an intimate partner in the United States.

Today, Alaska Airlines joins our Chief Football Officer Russell Wilson in standing up and working to change that.

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85,000 horsepower, zero to 60 in 8 seconds, best-in-class fuel economy … and five lucky people to sit behind the controls of a new Boeing 737 simulator.

Today, we are thrilled to announce the purchase of ten more Boeing 737-900 ER aircraft, which will soon join our fleet of the most fuel efficient aircraft of any airline in North America. To celebrate, Alaska Airlines announces a contest where you could see what it’s like to fly a 737.

Here’s how it works –

  1. Follow us on Twitter, or Instagram and keep your eyes peeled for clues starting at 6 a.m. PT this Friday, Oct. 10. We will post five hints that will lead to favorite local spots around Seattle and the Puget Sound.
  2. Solve the clue and be the first person at each location and say “Seattle’s Airline” and you’ll land a test drive in our state-of-the-art Boeing 737 flight simulator — along with two round trip tickets from Seattle to any of Alaska’s more than 100 destinations in North America, including Mexico and Hawaii. We’ll post the next clue within one hour of announcing a location’s winner.
  3. We aren’t stopping there. If you are the runner-up at any location, you’ll be invited to take a ride aboard a delivery flight on one of our new aircraft next year. With a special departure from Boeing Field, you’ll cruise around and see the Pacific Northwest like never before.

Don’t forget to share your progress as you go, by posting to Twitter and Instagram with the hashtag #seattlesairline.

Complete rules, terms and conditions.

Hint: follow both Twitter and Instagram for a better chance of figuring out the clues.

abuquerque hot air balloons

By Eric Lucas, Alaska Airlines Magazine

It is the metropolitan center of an area whose civilization dates back thousands of years; its Old Town breathes 18th century frontier character; it is transected by the mid-20th century’s most famous road; yet Albuquerque’s modern public persona consists of an iconic image known around the world—colorful hot-air balloons rising in the desert.

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Alaska Airlines flight attendants take notes on Alaska’s new wine offerings at Chateau Ste. Michelle in Woodinville, Washington.

Alaska Airlines flight attendants take notes on Alaska’s new wine offerings at Chateau Ste. Michelle in Woodinville, Washington.

Deborah Chvila-Dols knows her wine. She and her husband are members of many wineries and travel to the country’s major wine events five to six times per year.

But what the 10-year Alaska Airlines flight attendant particularly loves is sharing that passion with the customers she meets onboard. That’s why she and fellow oenophile flight attendants have been so excited to share two new wines from local Washington winery Chateau Ste. Michelle with customers flying first class this fall.

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Ben Pierce, of Dallas, is only 9, but after a trip to Alaska last week, he now has lifetime of visual memories.

Born premature, weighing just over a pound, Ben had suffered numerous setbacks in his young life, chief among them being the gradual loss of his eyesight due to scar tissue from surgery. His doctors coached him to put together a “visual wish list” of all the things he’d like to see, and Ben decided that, among other things, he wanted to see the northern lights.

On a trip to Dallas this spring, Alaska Airlines Capt. Chris Cice heard Ben’s story on the news and knew he had to help. A few weeks later, Cice and Alaska Airlines surprised Ben and his family with tickets to travel to Fairbanks – one of the best places in the world to see the northern lights.

Watch: ABC Alaska 13 journalist Ryan Overton’s report on the family’s unforgettable trip.

By Shaunta Hyde, Managing Director of Community Relations, Alaska Air Group

Alaska Airlines’ Shaunta Hyde presents 1 million miles to Barry McConnell, Make-a-Wish Alaska and Washington chapter president and CEO, and Make-A-Wish board chair Mitch Hansen before a Mariners game on Friday, Sept. 26.

Alaska Airlines’ Shaunta Hyde presents 1 million miles to Barry McConnell, Make-a-Wish Alaska and Washington chapter president and CEO, and Make-A-Wish board chair Mitch Hansen before a Mariners game on Friday, Sept. 26.

Witnessing a child’s wish come true is one of life’s true joys. On Friday, I was humbled to present Make-A-Wish Alaska and Washington with a gift of 1 million miles so that more children can experience their heartfelt wishes. In partnership with the Seattle Mariners, Alaska Airlines has been accumulating miles for our local Make-A-Wish chapter each time a Mariner hits a homerun since 2010. The “Home Runs for Wishes” program receives 10,000 miles from Alaska for each home run, and 40,000 miles for a Mariner grand slam. This season has been an amazing one for the M’s, which means more miles for Make-A-Wish and more dreams turning into reality for children in our region.

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Alaska Airlines will resume flying one daily roundtrip flight from Los Angeles to Los Cabos starting Oct. 8 following the recent announcement that Los Cabos International Airport will reopen. Tickets are now available for purchase at

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Hurricane Odile was bad. The aftermath was even worse.

Amid the devastation and destruction, one bright spot was the response from Alaska Airlines employees who lent a hand when it was needed most.

In the week since the storm slammed into Los Cabos, people who were evacuated on Alaska’s humanitarian relief flights have started to share stories of gratitude for employees – on the ground and in the air – who went above and beyond.

“You have no idea what we went through – it was simply terrifying,” one traveler wrote in a post-flight survey. “Your staff was amazing – hugging us, comforting us, humoring us, and delighting us with supreme service. It wasn’t just one person, it was the entire staff.”

Through their heroic actions, employees showed the world what it means to say, “I am Alaska.”

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Annette Dixon never sets foot on an aircraft without her good luck charms — an alabaster elephant known to symbolize good luck and strength, an uplifting card with personal meaning, and earrings that symbolize 30 years of friendship.

A year ago the Seattle resident wasn’t even sure she’d ever get on a plane again. She had a trip to Africa planned and tickets purchased but she wasn’t sure she should go through with it. Although Dixon was no stranger to airline travel – she had travelled to Europe, Africa, and South America in the past – a flight with severe turbulence and a separate incident involving a bird caught in the engine of a plane made her wary of flying.

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Alaska Airlines has donated $20,000 to the Mexican Red Cross to support relief efforts in Los Cabos, which was devastated last week by Hurricane Odile.

“Alaska is proud to support the humanitarian efforts in Los Cabos with a donation to the Mexican Red Cross,” said Shaunta Hyde, Alaska Airlines’ managing director of community relations. “We have an opportunity to help a community that has experienced something truly devastating, rebuild itself.”

Last week, Alaska Airlines donated $30,000 to Alaska’s Employee Assistance Fund (EAF) to help the airline’s 45 employees who live and work in Los Cabos. The EAF set up a “Los Cabos Relief Fund” to assist Alaska employees and matched the airline’s contribution dollar-for-dollar bringing the total amount of funds to $60,000 for Los Cabos employees.

Los Cabos International Airport remains closed for the time being after sustaining severe damage from the hurricane.

Alaska Airlines is offering customers who purchased tickets or out of Los Cabos before Sept. 14 for travel Sept. 14-Nov. 20 a flexible travel policy. Visit for more information.

How you can help

Donate to Charity Miles: To donate your Mileage Plan™ Miles to Hurricane Odile/Los Cabos disaster relief efforts, please select the Alaska Airlines Charity Miles Pool for your donation. Contributions will be used to support charities involved with Hurricane Odile relief efforts and for transportation of medical staff and volunteers. Learn more.

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