As part of an effort to use technology to enhance flight safety, improve efficiency and protect the environment, Alaska Airlines is issuing 1.5lb Apple iPad tablet computers to its pilots to replace up to 25lb of paper flight manuals that pilots are required to carry when they fly.

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The aircraft features the Portland Timbers’ name and logo in the team’s trademark colors, with a rising sun across the forward part of the fuselage.

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Alaska Airlines has reached agreement with Los Angeles World Airports to move from its existing location at Los Angeles International Airport’s Terminal 3 to Terminal 6. Alaska Airlines says the decision will pave the way for a major renovation of Terminal 6.

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Alaska Airlines is inaugurating nonstop services from San Jose and Oakland in California to Lihue on the Hawaiian island of Kauai on March 27 and March 28 respectively.

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Alaska Airlines is expanding service from the Bay Area to Hawaii, offering daily flights from both Oakland and San Jose, California to Kahului on the island of Maui, starting June 5.

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Alaska Airlines has ordered 15 Next-Generation Boeing 737s in a deal which includes 13 737-900ERs and two 737-800s. The 737-900ER is a new model for the Alaska Airlines fleet.

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American Airlines and its regional affiliate, American Eagle, are increasing their service to and from Mexico as a result of increased demand, partly as a result of Mexicana Airlines stopping operations on August 11.

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Alaska Airlines will inaugurate service between San José in California and Guadalajara in Mexico on December 15, and between Sacramento and Guadalajara on December 16.

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Alaska Airlines plans to launch three-times-weekly service between San Jose, California and Los Cabos in Mexico on November 20, subject to government approval.

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Icelandair, Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air have entered into a new codeshare agreement and will also launch a reciprocal frequent-flyer partnership.

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Alaska Airlines has exercised options for two additional Next-Generation 737-800s, in an order that was posted to Boeing’s Orders and Deliveries website in June and attributed to an unidentified customer.

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Alaska Airlines says it is now offering Aircell’s Gogo Inflight Internet service on more than half its aircraft, including all 55 of its Boeing 737-800s and 10 of its 737-900s.

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Alaska Airlines will inaugurate service between San Jose in California and Lihue on the Hawaiian island of Kauai on March 27, 2011, and between Oakland and Lihue beginning on March 28, 2011.

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Alaska Airlines is launching daily service between Seattle and St. Louis on September 27.

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Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air have improved their baggage-service guarantee to customers checking bags so that passengers can expect to retrieve their luggage five minutes sooner than previously guaranteed. However, the airlines have increased their fee for a first checked bag by $5, to $20.

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Alaska Air Group sister carriers Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air are reducing most of their service fees, effective for travel on or after June 16 for tickets purchased beginning May 1. However, they are joining the ranks of U.S. airlines which have done away with free same-day standby service for most customers.

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Alaska Airlines is launching daily service between San Diego and Kahului, Maui and its sister regional carrier Horizon Air is starting four-times-daily service between the Silicon Valley-area city of San Jose and Los Angeles.

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