20 MARCH 2017
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Non-stop service in three new markets was inaugurated last week by Alaska Airlines as the company continued its growth surge following its takeover last year of Virgin America to become the fifth largest US carrier.
The new routes are between San Jose (California) and Newark, which began on 12 March; and San Jose and Burbank (California), and Portland (Oregon) and Orlando, which launched on Thursday.
Flights between San Jose and Newark and Portland and Orlando are being operated with the Boeing B737 once a day. Flights between San Jose and Burbank are three times daily, using the Embraer E175.
Vice president of capacity planning John Kirby said the new non-stops to Newark and Burbank from San Jose were designed to maintain Alaska Airlines’ position as a prime carrier for Silicon Valley passengers.
“We’re also pleased to add Orlando to our list of non-stop destinations served from our Portland hub, now at 55 destinations and counting,” he added.
The flights between Portland and Orlando provide the only non-stop service on that route, while the importance of Orlando was as a popular destination for business and convention travel, as well as a family favourite for its tourist attractions.
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