Articles tagged “alaska airlines”

Let’s Not Get Carried Away With New Airport Security Procedures

Let’s Not Get Carried Away With New Airport Security Procedures

Brian Sumers, Skift

Last week's stolen plane tragedy in Seattle made for great television. It also scared some travelers. But let's call it what it was: a fluke.

1 month ago

Airports Debate How to Protect Against Rogue Employees

Airports Debate How to Protect Against Rogue Employees

Gene Johnson , Associated Press

After a tragedy, airports have to go through the motions to assure the public they're improving security procedures. But remember, many ground employees need unimpeded access to aircraft. It's not practical to punish all airport workers because one employee went rogue.

1 month ago

Don’t Expect Greater Airport Security After Alaska Air Crash

Don’t Expect Greater Airport Security After Alaska Air Crash

Brian Sumers, Skift

Security is all about tolerances. Yes, there's probably a way to ensure that no airline employee ever steals an airplane again. But it's probably not worth instituting such procedures. This was more likely a tragic fluke than anything.

1 month ago

Alaska Airlines Made a Costly Loyalty Mistake by Offering Too Many Free Seats

Alaska Airlines Made a Costly Loyalty Mistake by Offering Too Many Free Seats

Brian Sumers, Skift

There's no doubt U.S. airlines are spooked by higher oil prices. By historical levels, they're not that bad. But perhaps they're catching carriers by surprise.

2 months ago

U.S. Airlines Lose Tolerance for Money-Losing Flights as Fuel Prices Rise

U.S. Airlines Lose Tolerance for Money-Losing Flights as Fuel Prices Rise

Brian Sumers, Skift

Nothing refocuses airline executives like rising fuel prices. If they continue to creep up, expect airlines to cancel more marginal routes.

4 months ago

Alaska Airlines Will Enter Basic Economy Market Later This Year

Alaska Airlines Will Enter Basic Economy Market Later This Year

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

Alaska Airlines is turning to basic economy fares to help drive additional revenue. But, hey, at least flyers will be assigned a seat when they book one of these fares, easing some of the stress that usually comes with taking the risk of flying for cheap.

5 months ago

Virgin America as Standalone Brand Disappears Next Week

Virgin America as Standalone Brand Disappears Next Week

Brian Sumers, Skift

After acquiring Virgin America, Alaska Airlines will switch to a single reservations system next week. The company is confident it will avoid some of the problems other airlines have faced after cutovers. We tend to agree. Let's hope it's a non-event.

5 months ago

Alaska Airlines CEO Outlines New Measures to Prevent Sexual Harassment

Alaska Airlines CEO Outlines New Measures to Prevent Sexual Harassment

Brian Sumers, Skift

It's nice to see Alaska Air's CEO saying all the right things about preventing sexual assault and harassment. Now let's see if the new training and procedures actually work.

6 months ago

Virgin America Is No Longer an Airline in the Government’s Eyes

Virgin America Is No Longer an Airline in the Government’s Eyes

Brian Sumers, Skift

Slowly, Virgin America is disappearing. That's bad news for its loyal customers in San Francisco, Los Angeles and other parts of the country. But it's necessary. Virgin America was too small as a stand-alone carrier to compete with the nation's four largest carriers.

8 months ago

Alaska Airlines Probes Sexual Harassment Complaint By Former Facebook Exec

Alaska Airlines Probes Sexual Harassment Complaint By Former Facebook Exec

Associated Press

This alleged incident on Alaska Airlines should be a warning heard throughout the airline — and larger travel industry — that companies had better review and tighten their sexual harassment policies immediately. Other than at Uber, the travel industry has largely escaped the latest round of revelations, but rest assured there will be more headlines coming.

10 months ago

Alaska Airlines Blames Trump Administration for Decision to Pull Out of Cuba

Alaska Airlines Blames Trump Administration for Decision to Pull Out of Cuba

Associated Press

Alaska Airlines' blaming of the Trump Administration might be a little disingenuous given the fact that other U.S. airlines have been pulling back from Cuba all year because of high costs and limited demand. Still, the imposition of further restrictions on travel to the country announced last week was likely the final nail in the coffin for the route.

10 months ago

Analysts Take Alaska Airlines to Task for Mishandling a Broad Array of Issues

Analysts Take Alaska Airlines to Task for Mishandling a Broad Array of Issues

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Many have dreamt of finding easy fortune in California. But Alaska Airlines is discovering -- via its merger with Virgin America -- that the airport tarmacs aren't paved with gold.

11 months ago