- IATA / ICAO Code:
- AS / ASA
- Airline Type:
- Full Service Carrier
- Hub (s):
- Anchorage International Airport, Los Angeles International Airport, Portland International Airport, San Francisco International Airport, Seattle-Tacoma International Airport
- Year Founded:
- Ben Minicucci
- United States
Alaska Airlines will now commit two Embraer 175 jets of its Horizon Air subsidiary to connect Everett, Washington, to Anchorage, Alaska. This is a welcome development for Paine Field, an airport that restarted commercial service on March 4, 2019.
Everett’s Paine Field will have one round-trip connection to Anchorage, Alaska’s Ted Stevens International Airport starting November 30. Photo: Joe Kunzler | Simple Flying
|Nov. 30||PAE-ANC||11:05 am||2:05 pm||Daily||E175|
|Nov. 30||ANC-PAE||1:40 pm||6:10 pm||Daily||E175|
All times Pacific Standard Time, and all flights are year-round.
Economic Alliance Snohomish County happy with forward-thinking
For Garry Clark, president, and CEO at Economic Alliance Snohomish County, this is;
Another example of Alaska Airlines’ willingness to be forward-thinking is valuing its customers to create desired opportunities for travel and connection. This is extra sweet due to Alaska Airlines’ history: Anchorage served as the first flight location for Alaska Airlines and its founder Linious McGee back in 1932. Snohomish County is grateful for Alaska and its continued efforts at Paine Field.
Indeed, Alaska Airlines had a post-war hangar for aircraft maintenance. The same hangar is now one of the three that Wartime History Museum (formerly Flying Heritage & Combat Armor Museum) uses as its Paine Field campus centerpiece. Wartime History Museum will reopen its facility to the public in 2023, so stay tuned.
Alaska Airlines also just invested in a new hangar big enough for four Embraer 175 jets to undergo maintenance at Paine Field at a time. Considering what will become the route network for Paine Field as of November 30, Paine Field is a hub for Alaska Airlines’ Embraer 175 operations.
Why Alaska Airlines added Anchorage to Paine Field’s options
Here’s a map of where Everett’s Paine Field will connect to after the November 30 addition of Anchorage will be added. Map: Alaska Airlines
In the words of Brett Catlin, vice president of network and alliances for Alaska Airlines, this is good for business.
There’s a significant need and demand to connect workers and businesses in the two regions – from the fishing industry to aviation – in addition to the desire for leisure travel. We’re ready to welcome our guests on this new route this fall.
Yes, there is significant economic synergy between Everett and Anchorage. Both are hubs of aviation – Everett’s Paine Field with Boeing and subcontractors’ manufacturing, plus Boeing’s Future of Flight and the aforementioned Wartime History Museum. There is also Anchorage’s Ted Stevens International Airport being the aviation passenger + freight hub for the large American state of Alaska. Both areas also have substantial fishing industries.
But for Alaska Airlines, this was also a matter of listening. For Catlin, passengers from the north of Seattle and living in Canada were asking for a connection to Anchorage. As Clark responded,
For Economic Alliance Snohomish County, the City of Everett, and Paine Field, we are thankful for the rich history of business and community engagement provided by Alaska Airlines.
About the Embraer 175
The Embraer 175 is a very capable aircraft that can take 76 passengers 1,800 nautical miles. Photo: Joe Kunzler | Simple Flying
The Embraer 175 can fly 1,800 nautical miles or 2071,403 standard miles at a cruise speed of 495 mph (797 km / h). The aircraft has passenger seating for 52 economy, 12 premium, and 12 first for a total of 76 passengers – and as such, it requires two pilots and two flight attendants.
About the Paine Field terminal
Paine Field Terminal With Lounge Seating. Photo: Propeller Airports
The Paine Field terminal, launched on March 4, 2019, has three gates – two with sky bridges and one requiring a walk in the elements. The terminal is run by Propeller Airports as a public-private partnership with Snohomish County Government and built to be an environmentally friendly lounge alternative to the hectic nature of Seattle-Tacoma International to the south. So far, according to August 26, 2022, Everett Herald flights are leaving using an average of 90% capacity, according to Alaska Airlines’ Caitlin. Plus, recently, higher capacity Boeing 737s have been inserted into some of Alaska Airlines’ routes to / from Paine Field.
The terminal also is connected by Everett Transit’s Route 8 and after a short walk Community Transit’s SWIFT Green Line + Route 108. There are also plans by 2041 to have Sound Transt Link Light Rail reasonably close by and connecting to the terminal by a bus transfer. There is also Bellair Airporter private coach service to connect Paine Field with nearby counties, plus if need be, ample car parking.
Where do you want to fly from or into Paine Field? Let us know in the comments.
Source: Everett Herald