Seattle-based Alaska Airlines will operate weekly flights between Bellingham, Washington and Kailua-Kona on the Big Island of Hawaii from mid-November 2016 through March 2017.
The nonstop, seasonal service that runs from Nov. 12, 2016 and ends April 1, 2017 will give the airline’s customers living in Northwest Washington and in British Columbia convenient access to the Big Island, which offers some of the state’s best snorkeling and other attractions including Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and the active Kilauea volcano.
Alaska’s new weekly flights will leave Bellingham International Airport (BLI) at 8:50 a.m. Saturdays, arriving at Kona International Airport (KOA) at 1:30 p.m. Return flights will leave KOA at 1:30 p.m. on Saturdays, arriving at BLI at 9:39 p.m.
At present, passengers departing from Bellingham bound for Kona must connect through Seattle (SEA), Portland (PDX) or Las Vegas (LAS) to fly Alaska the entire trip, or can connect with Hawaiian Airlines (NYSE:HA) in Honolulu (HNL). Overall travel time for those flight pairs can run from 9.5 hours to more than 31 hours, according to AlaskaAir.com.
The weekly flights will be operated with Boeing 737-800 Slimline aircraft, accommodating 16 passengers in first class and 147 in the main cabin. According to SeatGuru.com, First Class seats are 21 inches wide with 36 inches of pitch, while Main Cabin seats are 17 inches wide with between 31 and 32 inches of pitch.
Onboard, customers will have access to Alaska Beyond Entertainment, which offers free and premium entertainment direct to customer devices. Other 737-800 onboard amenities include a selection of food and beverage inspired by local flavors, custom leather seats with adjustable headrests, and power outlets for laptops and personal devices at every seat.
With the new weekly Kona flight, Alaska will offer nine peak-season flights from Bellingham, which includes five, year-round daily flights to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) and one year-round daily flight to Portland, Oregon (PDX); as well as seasonal daily service to Las Vegas (LAS) and seasonal, four-times weekly service to Maui (OGG).
Alaska Airlines is a subsidiary of Alaska Air Group (NYSE:ALK).
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