Alaska Airlines to begin service between Portland, Ore., and Orlando

Seattle-headquartered Alaska Airlines will begin new daily nonstop flights between Portland, Ore. (PDX) and Orlando, Florida (MCO) next spring.

The new flights, which will commence March 16, will provide the first and only nonstop connection between PDX and MCO, the airline said. Flights will leave PDX at 6:40 a.m., arriving at MCO at 3:15 p.m. Return flights will leave Florida at 4:15 p.m., arriving in Oregon at 7:35 p.m.

The flights will be aboard Boeing (NYSE:BA) 737-800, -900 and -900ER aircraft. Alaska operates 737s in five different configurations according to, including the “combi” which is a combination passenger and freight aircraft commonly used in Alaska.

The 737s that will be used for the route include 16 First Class seats and either 147 or 165 economy seats. First class seats are 21 inches wide with 36 inches of pitch while the economy seats are 17 inches wide with 32 inches of pitch in those versions of the airliner.

With the addition of the new flights, Alaska (NYSE:ALK) will offer a total of 21 weekly nonstop flights to Orlando from three West Coast airports: PDX, Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) and San Diego International Airport (SAN).

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