Alaska Airlines is continuing its expansion on the West Coast with the announcement of new flights to Dallas Love Field and the inauguration of new flights from its Seattle hub.
Along with merger partner Virgin America, Alaska Airlines is expanding its service to Dallas Love Field from four West Coast airports: Seattle; San Diego; Portland, Oregon; and San Jose, California. The new routes mean that the combined airline will serve eight destinations from Love Field with 18 daily peak season departures, an increase of 40 percent, Alaska Airlines said.
The new flights will begin to roll out starting at the end of August through October and into February of next year. Three-class jets will fly the route. The Embraer 175 jet, operated by SkyWest Airlines, will fly daily to Portland, San Diego, San Jose and Seattle. One of the two daily flights to Seattle will be operated by Virgin America using an A320 family aircraft. All guests flying the new routes will be able to enjoy Free Chat, free movies, premium food and beverages, Wi-Fi and advance seat selection, Alaska Airlines said.
In addition to the new flights, Alaska Airlines and Virgin America have also announced plans to streamline their route network at Love Field. Starting this summer, Virgin America jets will be replaced with a 76-seat E175 jet in two Love Field markets – New York's LaGuardia Airport and Washington, D.C.'s Reagan National Airport. On August 27, three-times daily service to New York's LaGuardia Airport will operate using an E175 and increase to four daily flights on October 28. Starting February 18, twice-daily service to Reagan National Airport will also be replaced with an E175. The third daily Love Field-Washington Reagan National daily trip will continue to be operated by Virgin America until March 11, when SkyWest will take over the evening flight. As part of these schedule changes, Virgin America will permanently exit Love Field-Las Vegas on August 26.
The moves come as Alaska Airlines inaugurates new nonstop flights from Seattle to San Luis Obispo, California, and Wichita, Kansas. The airline will operate daily flights to each destination.
Alaska will fly the new routes with 76-seat E175 jets, operated by SkyWest Airlines, which feature 12 seats in first class, 12 seats in premium class and 52 seats in the main cabin.