Alaska Airlines just announced that they would be launching new service from Seattle and Portland. The new destinations that they plan to serve from these cities are:
To fly these new routes, Alaska is expanding its partnership with SkyWest Airlines with the addition of new 76-seat Embraer E175 jets. These new jets have lots of room, Inflight Wi-Fi & entertainment, and a first class cabin with power in the seats. Service starts on July 1, 2015 and introductory fares start at $119 each way.
It’s great that Alaska Airlines is adding these new routes, but flying half way across the county on a regional jet doesn’t seem all that appealing to me. What are your thoughts on these new routes? Do you think Alaska is just trying to ward off Delta with these new routes from Seattle?