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Alaska Airways might be greatest recognized for being a West Coast service specializing in flights out of the Pacific Northwest, nevertheless it has some transcontinental routes too and beginning this winter, two new coast to coast routes can be added to the airline’s schedules.
As we speak, 15 June 2023, Alaska Airways has introduced that the Winter 2023/24 season will see it working two new routes between the coasts in addition to a brand new shorter, extra native route as properly.
Alaska’s new transcon flights
Portland – Miami
On 17 November 2023, Alaska Airways will provide its second service to Miami when it launches its Portland – Miami route utilizing Boeing 737 plane (the airline has served Miami from Seattle for nearly precisely a 12 months).
The at the moment printed schedules present that this can be a day by day service and that the flight occasions (for winter season) appear like this:
AS441 PDX 22:00 – 06:40+1 day MIA (Day by day)
AS440 MIA 08:00 – 11:45 PDX (Day by day)
Alaska Airways can be utilizing a Boeing 737-900 plane to function this route and particulars of what seating this plane gives might be discovered later on this article.
Palm Springs – New York JFK
This winter will even see Alaska Airways launch a seasonal service between Palm Springs and New York JFK, and whereas the airline’s e-mail announcement didn’t trouble to furnish us with the dates that the brand new route will function, and ExpertFlyer sears suggests that it’ll launch on 14 December 2023 and can finish on 22 April 2024.
As issues stand, that is what the printed schedule seems like:
AS462 PSP 14:25 – 23:05 JFK (Day by day)
AS461 JFK 09:00 – 12:20 PSP (Day by day)
Alaska Airways can be utilizing a Boeing 737-900 plane to function this route and particulars of what seating this plane gives might be discovered under.
The seat maps at the moment loaded within the reserving techniques present that the 737-900s that can be working these two route will provide the next cabin configuration:
- First Class – 12 seats
- Premium Cabin – 24 seats
- Financial system Cabin – as much as 135 seats
This configuration doesn’t seem to match any of the cabin configurations printed by Alaska Airways, however based mostly on what we all know concerning the airways common 737-900s, it’s most likely comparatively secure to imagine the next seat dimensions:
- First Class – Pitch 41″/Width 21″
- Premium Cabin – Pitch 35″/Width 17″
- Financial system Cabin – Pitch 31″/Width 17″
That makes the First Class cabin good and spacious, the Premium Cabin acceptable (for these of us who aren’t overly huge), and the Financial system Class cabin (with simply 31″ of pitch) extremely tight for flights that would take method over 5 and even 6 hours (Miami – Portland is blocked at 6 hours 45 minutes and JFK – Palm Springs is blocked at 6 hours 20 minutes).
I don’t learn about you, however I wouldn’t need to spend over 5 hours on a red-eye flight (PDX-MIA) caught in a seat that has 31″ of pitch and 17″ of width until I completely had no different selection.
Alaska’s new path to Vegas
In addition to saying two new transcontinental routes as we speak, Alaska Airways has additionally stated that it plans to launch a day by day route between San Luis Obispo and Las Vegas later this 12 months.
As soon as once more, the data supplied by the airline didn’t embrace particulars about when the route would launch and when it will finish, however assuming ExpertFlyer is correct, the primary flights will depart on 14 December 2023 and the final flights will depart on 10 April 2024.
AS3362 SBP 09:00 – 10:14 LAS (Day by day)*
AS3479 LAS 19:55 – 21:18 SBP (Day by day)
*Sooner or later within the schedule, this flight quantity modifications to AS3361
These flights can be operated by SkyWest Airways as AlaskaSkyWest utilizing Embraer ERJ 175.
Per the seat maps on the Alaska Airways web site, the ERJ175 gives 12 First Class seats in a 1-2 structure, 12 Premium Class seats in a 2-2 structure, and 52 common Financial system Class seats.
Based on SeatGuru.com these are the seat dimensions on this plane:
- First Class – Pitch 37″/Width 21″
- Premium Cabin – Pitch 34″/Width 18.25″
- Financial system Cabin – Pitch 30″/Width 18.25″
The reality is that the seat dimensions most likely don’t actually matter very a lot right here because the flight time is unlikely to ever be longer than ~70 minutes, so whereas the 30″ pitch within the Financial system Class cabin would me tantamount to torture on numerous different flights, until you’re properly over 6ft, have mobility points or are “massive”, you must be capable to survive in any of the seats on this plane.
Alaska Airways will launch a brand new year-round service between Portland and Miami this winter season and also will add seasonal routes between Palm Springs and New York JFK and San Luis Obispo and Las Vegas.
Fares for all three routes look like loaded within the Alaska Airways techniques and on the time of writing, award seats can be found too.