Alaska Airlines is launching new daily non-stop service between Seattle and Philadelphia on June 11, and daily non-stop flights between Seattle and Fort Lauderdale on July 16.
“Philadelphia is one of the largest cities we don’t currently serve from Seattle while Fort Lauderdale is a popular departure point for cruise ship passengers,” said Joe Sprague, Alaska Airlines’ vice president of marketing.
From June 11, Alaska Airlines’ new Seattle-Philadelphia service will see the carrier’s daily flight departing Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) at 8:35 a.m. and landing at Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) at 4:55 p.m. local time. In the other direction, the Alaska Airlines flight will push back from the gate at PHL at 5:55 p.m. and touch down at SEA at 9:10 p.m. local time.
Beginning on July 16, Alaska Airlines’ daily Seattle-Fort Lauderdale service will depart SEA at 10:10 p.m. and reach Fort Lauderdale Hollywood International Airport (FLL) at 6:55 a.m. the following morning, local time. In the other direction, the return flight will begin taxiing at FLL at 8:10 a.m. and get to SEA at 11:25 a.m. local time.
With the introduction of its Seattle-Fort Lauderdale service, Alaska Airlines will discontinue flights to Miami, a city the carrier has served from its Seattle hub since 2002.
“Miami and Fort Lauderdale airports are about 27 miles apart, so changing the airport we serve should have little effect on our customers,” Sprague said. “By redirecting our flight to the lower-cost Fort Lauderdale airport, we can serve the same geographic area and continue to offer our customers low fares.”
To promote its new services, Alaska Airlines is offering introductory fares starting from $190 each way between Seattle and Philadelphia, and starting from $170 each way between Seattle and Fort Lauderdale. Both fares include all government taxes and fees. A ticket purchased at an Alaska Airlines airport location or through a reservation call center will cost $15 more per person than the advertised fare.
Tickets must be purchased by February 13 and can be used for travel through July 11 for Philadelphia and by August 29, 2012, for Fort Lauderdale.
Visit www.alaskaair.com to purchase a ticket or call 1-800-ALASKAAIR (1-800-252-7522 or TTY/TDD line 1-800-392-0228).
Members of Alaska Airlines’ Mileage Plan also can earn double miles on the carrier’s nonstop flights between Seattle and Philadelphia through August 6 and between Seattle and Fort Lauderdale through September 11, 2012. To qualify, customers must first register at www.alaskaair.com.
Alaska Airlines will operate the flights with Boeing 737-800s, configured to accommodate 16 passengers in first class and 141 in the main cabin. All flights will offer Alaska’s Northern Bites meal service, which allows passengers in the main cabin to purchase a hot meal for $6 or a cheese and fruit platter for $7.
The flights also will offer Alaska’s digEplayer inflight entertainment system, a handheld video-on-demand device featuring first-run movies, television programs and other entertainment options. The digEplayers are complimentary in first class and cost $14 to hire in the main cabin.