Alaska Airlines Blog

Archives

Astronaut Michael Barratt chats with participants in the Michael P. Anderson Memorial Aerospace Program's day-long event at the Museum of Flight in Seattle, Wash. on Feb. 4, 2017. Funded in part by Alaska Airlines, the program enables underserved children in grades 6-8 to learn about careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics and participate in the museumÕs educational flight and aerospace programs.

Sara Zaki used to think she’d like to be a doctor when she grows up. That was before she spent three formative middle school years as a Michael P. Anderson Memorial Aerospace Program scholar. Today? The 17-year-old Running Start student plans to be a pilot. An African-American female pilot, to be precise. Because “you just don’t hear about a lot of those.” Zaki spent three years in the program, which was created… Read More

Photo courtesy of Rick Ostraat

Being on a plane can be stressful for a lot of people. But for children with autism, it can be an especially overwhelming and even frightening. Alaska Airlines helped make the travel experience easier for 53 families this past Saturday during the “Sky’s the Limit” event at Portland International Airport. The event aims to alleviate some of the stress when flying for families who have a child with autism. Read more: 5 tips… Read More

Alaska Airlines Tribute to Veterans Livery Flyaway

By offering complimentary travel to veterans on Honor Flights, priority boarding for active duty military and donations to numerous non-profit military organizations, Alaska Airlines has long been a proud supporter of the United States military. But today, Alaska unveiled its largest (and heaviest) honor to date – a Boeing 737-900ER with a customized paint job to honor the brave men and women of the armed forces and their families. The livery is… Read More

FA fights childhood cancer-Gail Lopez and Kate at game

When Gail Lopez’s daughter was diagnosed with osteosarcoma (a rare aggressive bone cancer) in 2011, the flight attendant’s life changed forever. In nine short days, her 12-year-old Kate went from being an exuberant athlete sprinting down the soccer field to a helpless child in a hospital bed having the first of many rounds of chemotherapy injected into her little body. “I wanted to do everything I could for Kate, but at the… Read More

Campers from the Museum of Flight's Aerospace Camp Experience arrive on the first passenger flight of Alaska Airlines' brand-new, custom painted "Celebration of Boeing" 737 on June 30, 2016.

Twenty-five fourth and fifth graders recently had the flight of their lives. They were part of a select group of people invited to be on the very first passenger flight of a brand new Alaska Airlines 737-900ER with a special paint job celebrating Boeing’s 100th birthday. The students were part of a summer camp at the Museum of Flight that encourages youth to pursue degrees and careers in science, technology, engineering and math (S.T.E.M.)…. Read More

Pride_flag_square

By Andy Riffle, Chad Gabagat and Kevin Larson, Alaska Airlines GLOBE employee group As employees of Alaska Airlines, with a collective 30 years between us, we’ve always been proud to work for a company that is committed to supporting the communities it serves. As the leaders of GLOBE, Alaska’s resource group for LGBT employees and supporters, we truly believe this philosophy is ingrained in our company’s DNA, from airport customer service agent to… Read More

pride-parade

By Tammy Young, Alaska Airlines’ vice president of human resources Over the last several years, conversations about race relations, educational and pay equity, marriage equality, income inequality and social justice have dominated the headlines. These important themes have made their way from the airwaves to corporate boardrooms to dinner conversations and into our culture. Seattle musi­cians Macklemore & Ryan Lewis have attracted attention—both support and criticism—with their release of White Privilege II… Read More

_DSC5631

Fly a flight simulator with a pilot, turn a wrench on a jet engine with a mechanic, evacuate an aircraft with a flight attendant, students had the opportunity to try their hand at all three at the eighth annual Alaska Airlines Aviation Day today. More than 1,000 Seattle-area youth gathered at the Alaska Airlines hangar in SeaTac May 21, to learn about careers in the aviation and aerospace industries. Each year, Aviation… Read More

9410033330_d04fd1ca4e_o

It was nearly Christmas last year, and U.S. Army airborne paratrooper Justin Isham was facing the prospect of another holiday spent alone in the barracks at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Anchorage, Alaska. Isham’s wife and family were thousands of miles away in Phoenix while he completed 1.5 years in the Warrior Transition Unit at JBER, preparing Isham and fellow wounded or disabled soldiers for the transition to civilian life. A career of… Read More

_DSC1835

Some arrived in wheelchairs. Others were aided by walkers or canes. Some came on the arm of a guardian. But all of the veterans who arrived at Alaska Airlines terminals in Seattle, Portland and Anchorage this fall stood tall. The veterans, men and women who served their country during World War II, the Korean War and the Alaska Territorial Guard, enjoyed once-in-a-lifetime visits to Washington, D.C. to visit the national monuments named… Read More