Jourdan747 From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 221 posts, RR: 0 Posted (7 years 10 months 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 5360 times:
Alaska Airlines Welcomes Frontier Alaska As New Partner In 49th State
SEATTLE — Alaska Airlines announced today it is entering into a strategic partnership with regional air group Frontier Alaska that will allow Frontier customers to earn and redeem miles in Alaska Airlines' Mileage Plan and to book through-travel on Alaska Airlines in select markets, starting this fall.
"We're excited to be exploring the possibilities of working with Frontier Alaska as a new airline partner in the state of Alaska," said Rick Rasmussen, Alaska Airlines' director of customer loyalty and marketing programs. "Once we bring Frontier Alaska on as a partner, frequent fliers in the state of Alaska will enjoy easier connections on the two carriers as well as even more opportunities to earn and redeem miles in the Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan."
Frontier Alaska operates an extensive year-round commuter and postal service operation from Fairbanks and Anchorage to the state's bush communities. Formed by the recent combination of Hageland Aviation Services and Frontier Flying Service, Frontier Alaska is the state's largest regional transportation network, with service to 92 communities.
"Frontier has a great service reputation and its routes complement Alaska Airlines' existing passenger and cargo service within the state," said Bill MacKay, Alaska Airlines' vice president for the state of Alaska.
"The reason we formed this network of service throughout the state was to provide seamless service for our customers from their homes to our larger hubs and on to the Lower 48," said Bob Hajdukovich, president of Frontier. "Alaska Airlines provides the final link and perfect synergy to our services. And the Alaska Mileage Plan will make every penny count — whether customers are traveling locally or vacationing to Hawaii."
Alaska Airlines' Mileage Plan was recently named "Program of the Year" at InsideFlyer magazine's 20th annual Freddie Awards, the most prestigious consumer-generated honors in the travel industry.
Mileage Plan members earn and redeem mileage on more than a dozen airlines, including more major U.S. airlines than any other frequent flier program. Mileage Plan offers additional opportunities to earn miles through an extensive network of partners, including the Alaska Airlines Visa credit and debit cards, Mileage Plan Shopping, Mileage Plan Dining, Safeway, and more than 30 hotel and car rental partners worldwide.
Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air together serve 94 cities through an expansive network in Alaska, the Lower 48, Hawaii, Canada and Mexico. For reservations, visit alaskaair.com. For more news and information, visit the Alaska Airlines/Horizon Air Newsroom at alaskaair.com/newsroom.
Hatbutton From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 1517 posts, RR: 13
Reply 2, posted (7 years 10 months 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 5097 times:
Quoting Chugach (Reply 1): I saw this; part of me wonders if this might be a precursor to AS reducing jet service to some of the smaller outlying communities.
I doubt it. I've seen the numbers on a lot of those routes and the cargo justifies light passenger loads in the winter. Those communities need AS for their groceries and everything else. You just can't ship that much stuff in every day on a Dash 8/Saab 340 or smaller. The smaller feeders also can't ship in large cargo items that a 737 combi or freighter aircraft can.
If AS wasn't making money on these routes then they would have been gone a long time ago while using the gas guzzling 737-200s. I feel this was done just because of the fact that 2F covers a lot of ground AS's other partners in Alaska don't and it only makes sense.
Jourdan747 From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 221 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (7 years 10 months 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 4810 times:
Alaska Air hasn't opened any new destinations within the State. But they keep expanding in the Lower 48 routes (ie LAX-DCA, SEA-MIA, SEA-MSP, SEA-BOS). Seems like they want the lower 48 stuff. They even opposed expanding the Juneau airport.
Chugach From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 1041 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (7 years 10 months 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 4727 times:
Quoting Jourdan747 (Reply 3): Alaska Air hasn't opened any new destinations within the State. But they keep expanding in the Lower 48 routes (ie LAX-DCA, SEA-MIA, SEA-MSP, SEA-BOS). Seems like they want the lower 48 stuff. They even opposed expanding the Juneau airport.
Where else can they profitably fly within the state?
Also, AS retracted their opposition to JNU's expansion. Evidently it was a wayward station manager and not an official company position.