Monday, September 22, 2014

Alaska Airlines launches daily service between Seattle and Albuquerque

Seattle-based Alaska Airlines (NYSE:ALK) has begun daily nonstop service between Seattle (SEA) and Albuquerque, New Mexico (ABQ), making the city the fifth new city to be served from the airline’s Seattle hub since June.

The city’s mayor called the commencement of service a tremendous win for the city.

San Felipe de Neri Parish
in Old Town Albuquerque
"This new service … enables [Alaska’s] customers to experience the true charm and hospitality of New Mexico, " Albuquerque mayor Richard Berry said in a news release announcing the new service, which began Sept. 18.

Airline executives echoed Berry’s description of the area’s attractiveness.

"Albuquerque's rich history and year-round sunshine provide endless adventure for leisure and business travelers alike," airline spokesperson Joe Sprague said.

A few years ago, my wife and I had the opportunity to see Albuquerque through the eyes of some long-time friends and found it a very interesting destination indeed. It also provided a convenient base from which to visit Santa Fe, which is about an hour’s drive away. The links connect to my posts about those destinations.

Historic Route 66
wends through the city
Outbound flights 790 depart SEA at 10:55 a.m., arriving at ABQ at 2:50 p.m., local time. Return flights 791 leave at 3:45 p.m. and arrive at SEA at 5:45 p.m. Each flight is approximately three hours in duration.

According to its website, the carrier operates 737-700s and 737-800s on the route. According to SeatGuru.com, economy seats aboard those particular aircraft are among the narrowest in the industry, at just 17 inches wide, with a pitch – distance from the back of one seat to the back of the seat in front of it – of 31 or 32 inches. First Class seats are 21 inches wide with a pitch of 36 inches.

Murals adorn walls of buildings
along Route 66
For a limited time, the airline is offering one-way introductory fares starting at $129, with a bonus offer of double miles. Tickets must be purchased by Sept. 24 for travel between Oct. 21 and Nov. 19. Flights can be booked and complete fare rules viewed at alaskaair.com or by calling 1-800-ALASKAAIR (800-252-7522).

Since June, Alaska Airlines has launched five new cities from its Seattle hub. With the new flights, Alaska will offer 268 peak-day departures nonstop to 79 destinations from Seattle.

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