Alaska Airlines Blog


Irv Bertram (pictured above) has handled the paperwork for Alaska’s aircraft purchases for the past four decades. In the 50 years Alaska Airlines has been buying and flying Boeing planes, acquiring aircraft has never been easier. First, the airline has the cash to buy jets fresh off the assembly line in Renton. Second, Alaska is close to Boeing – both in proximity and in our longtime business relationship. The Seattle Delivery Center… Read More


3 p.m. June 30, 2016 update: broadcast quality b-roll and photos of Alaska’s June 30 Boeing centennial event are available for download at the bottom of this post. By Brad Tilden, Alaska Airlines CEO This summer, The Boeing Company celebrates its 100th anniversary. With its Commercial Airplanes division based in Seattle, the company traces its beginning to July 1916, when Bill Boeing and a few fellow engineers formed Pacific Aero Products Company, which was… Read More


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… Read More

737 flight simulator at night

Learning how to fly an aircraft like the Boeing 737 is no simple task. By the time that most pilots make it through the doors of Alaska Airlines, they already have extensive experience either flying with other airlines or in the military. No matter their background, every pilot will need to go through Alaska Airlines’ three months of additional training. Part of that training includes time in a flight simulator. The simulators… Read More