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Ten years ago today, a Boeing 737 landed in Honolulu and flight attendant Joanie Spring opened the cabin door to a new era for Alaska Airlines. Alaska’s inaugural hop across the Pacific to the Hawaiian Islands was a dream come true for longtime employees – and for guests who could use their Mileage Plan miles to fly to an exciting new tropical destination.

Alaska Airlines began daily service between Seattle and Tampa, Florida, on June 20 – the first nonstop flight to link the cities, which cuts a few hours of flight time for tourists and business travelers. Aboard the 5-hour-40-minute inaugural flight, my wife and I left our kids and escaped for a quick two-night trip. At a welcome celebration that featured live pink flamingos and a reggae band (“Don’t worry, be happy –… Read More

This is the first in a multi-part series about Alaska Airlines’ new service to New Orleans. The last time I was in New Orleans was nearly 20 years ago when I was working as a room steward on the American Queen, a sternwheeler plying the Mississippi River with passengers on a week-long cruise of Mark Twain’s South. During our short shore leave, the boat crew was mainly interested in finding the tallest… Read More