Alaska Airlines to Serve New York, Newark and Miami

26th Aug 2002

The Big Apple, Biscayne Bay, or both.  Alaska Airlines` passengers
now have that choice.

The airline today announced new service to the New York City metropolitan area
and to Miami to begin this fall.

Alaska will inaugurate one daily nonstop flight between Seattle and Newark
International Airport on October 28 and another daily nonstop flight between
Seattle and Miami International Airport on November 21.

Bill Ayer, Alaska`s president and chief executive officer, said the addition of
these new cities is the next logical step in the carrier`s ongoing effort to
build and strengthen its Seattle hub.  Within the past year, the airline has
successfully introduced service from Seattle to Boston, Denver and to the
Washington, D.C. area.

“The New York City region and South Florida are top travel destinations for our
frequent fliers,” Ayer said.  “We expect to duplicate the same success with
both of these new destinations that we`ve had with Washington, Boston and
Denver.  I`m optimistic based on our strong Pacific Northwest presence and the
opportunity to exchange traffic with our code share partners.”  Two of Alaska`s
code share partners, Continental Airlines and American Airlines, operate major
hubs in Newark and Miami respectively. 

Alaska Air will operate 120-seat Boeing 737-700s on both routes. 


The eastbound flight to New York/Newark, Flight 8, will depart Seattle at 8:45
a.m. and arrive at Newark International at 5:01 p.m.  The westbound return,
Flight 7, will depart Newark at 6:00 p.m. and arrive in Seattle at 9:11 p.m.

The eastbound flight to Miami International, Flight 16, will depart Seattle at
8:40 a.m. and arrive at Miami at 5:10 p.m.  The westbound flight, Flight 17,
will leave Miami at 6:00 p.m. and arrive at 9:30 p.m.

The nation`s ninth largest carrier, Alaska celebrates its 70th anniversary this
year. Readers of Travel+Leisure magazine recently ranked Alaska Airlines the
best among the major carriers.  Alaska will now serve 51 cities in the Lower
48, Alaska, Canada and Mexico.



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