Friday, November 18, 2016

Alaska Airlines to begin nonstop service between San Diego and Baltimore

Alaska Airlines will continue its expansion from the West Coast with the addition of new nonstop service between San Diego’s Lindberg Field (SAN) and Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI) beginning March 15, 2017.

The nonstop flights will increase the ease of access to our nation’s capital region for the carrier’s San Diego passengers, Alaska (NYSE:ALK) officials said in a statement announcing the new service.

Overnight flights will depart SAN at 10:55 p.m., arriving at BWI at 6:46 a.m. Westbound flights will depart Baltimore starting March 16 at 6:15 a.m., arriving on the West Coast at 8:39 a.m. All times are expressed as local times.

Alaska Airlines Boeing 737 departs Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA)
Alaska Boeing 737 departs SEA
Alaska will serve the route with next-gen Boeing (NYSE:BA) 737 aircraft. Onboard, customers will have access to free and premium entertainment downloaded direct to customer devices, Pacific Northwest-inspired food and beverages, as well as custom leather seats with power outlets at each seat to charge laptops and personal devices.

Alaska operates five versions of 737 aircraft in standard configurations plus a “combi” version, used to transport a combination of passengers and freight in Alaska.

The airline was not specific about which version it would operate on the new route. According to SeatGuru.com, the planes can accommodate either 12 or 16 First Class passengers and from 112 to 165 Economy passengers. Seat width is consistent across the fleet, with First Class seats 21 inches wide and Economy seats 17 inches wide. First Class pitch – the distance from the back of one seat to the back of the seat in front of it – is consistently 36 inches while Economy pitch is either 31 or 32 inches.

Baltimore represents the fourth East Coast destination added by Alaska from its Southern California focus city of San Diego since 2012. Other recently added destinations include Boston (BOS), Orlando (MCO) and Newark, New Jersey (EWR), which begins service Monday, Nov. 21.

Alaska also serves BWI from two other West Coast cities: Seattle (SEA) and Los Angeles (LAX).

More information can be obtained or tickets purchased by visiting the airline’s website at www.alaskaair.com or by calling 1-800-ALASKAAIR (800-252-7522).

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