Tagged With "Alaska"

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Re: Jan. 10, 2019: Driving the Alaska Highway to Kluane

Amateuremigrant ·
Definitely getting away from it all. A slice of time to clear the mind of the junk we carry around
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Re: Emirates Adds a 3rd US Frequent Flier Partner

Former Member ·
There are a lot of possibilities with these airlines to both have budget flights and earn lots of miles. The combined route maps must be interesting.
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Re: Alaska Airlines adds alcohol...to its engines

DrFumblefinger ·
I've always been skeptical of using alcohol based fuels simply because it takes grains out of the food chain and drives up the global price for things like corn. Those who suffer live in poor countries, and are those who can least afford it. I do think it's a great idea to use products like old cooking oil. Someone I know has converted a VW bug (diesel) to burn old cooking oil. He has worked out a deal with a local fast food place wherein he relieves them of their old cooking oil and he gets...
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Re: Alaska Airlines adds alcohol...to its engines

PHeymont ·
Good point on the grain situation, and I agree. However, that's not what's involved here! The ethanol we're familiar with as a gasoline additive is a grain/corn-based product, and does indeed impact food prices—at home as well as in the developing countries. But the Gevo project is producing isobutanol, a different alcohol. It is produced by cyanobacteria, not from grain. Genetic engineering of the bacteria has enabled it to produce the compound on a much greater scale, and on non-arable...
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Re: Crowded Sky: Boeing finds more room overhead

DrFumblefinger ·
I was aware that Boeing was working on this idea and it sounds like a real winner. A carry-on bag is almost a necessity for people who fly. Boeing deserves full credit and thanks from consumers for this innovation.
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Re: Crowded Sky: Boeing finds more room overhead

Travel Rob ·
The Dreamliner has a lot of overhead space compared to the planes I'v flown, so this will even be better!
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, December 10, 2014: Black Arctic Ground Squirrel

DrFumblefinger ·
Great photo. And I like a man with a mission!
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Emirates Adds a 3rd US Frequent Flier Partner

PHeymont ·
Emirates Airways, which serves over 130 cities on 6 continents from its hub in Dubai, has added another U.S. frequent-flyer partner: Virgin America, which flies from 7 of Emirates' 8 U.S. cities. Emirates already has links with JetBlue and Alaska. The...
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Airline ratings: Frontier is worst and latest

PHeymont ·
Frontier and Southwest planes pass each other at Seattle. Photo: Wikimedia / rsocol   In two different surveys recently released, Frontier takes the cake...sort of. On one, it was the airline garnering the most complaints; on the other (perhaps...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, September 29, 2015: The Beauty of Alaska’s Tracy Arm Fjord

Marilyn Jones ·
    A fjord is a long, narrow inlet created by glacial erosion. Fjords can be found all over the world, but in Alaska they are especially beautiful.     Tracy Arm Fjord — named for Secretary of the Navy Benjamin Franklin...
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Alaska and Icelandair shake (cold) hands

PHeymont ·
Two specialists in cold homelands, Alaska Airways and Icelandair, have signed a deal for code-shares and for reciprocal mileage earning in their loyalty programs. The upshot should be increased availability for Americans visiting Iceland, and more...
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Big Ooops! Alaska Airlines loses boss's luggage

PHeymont ·
Brad Tilden speaking on-field with plane.              Photo: AP Images for Alaska Airlines   Turns out that we peasants in cattle class aren't the only victims of mis-handled baggage. Alaska Airlines CEO Brad...
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Not-so-good day for flying airplanes...

PHeymont ·
Leaving aside the big stuff—like the Southwest Airlines computer glitch that grounded or delayed hundreds of flights over the weekend—it's been a tough couple of days for flying.   Monday, on an Alaska Airlines 737, a credit-card...
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Crowded Sky: Boeing finds more room overhead

PHeymont ·
Or, in a way, less room overhead. By sacrificing two inches of headroom and making a few more tweaks, Boeing has created what it calls "Space Bins," overhead compartments for 737 that can take 6 carry-ons where 4 fit before. Alaska Airlines got the...
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New name for U.S. highest mountain

PHeymont ·
It's hard times for famous Americans these days. Either Hamilton or Jackson is slated to lose his place on the money, and Ohio's William McKinley has now lost his spot on the tallest mountain in the U.S. It's now officially to be called Denali, a...
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Smaller airlines demand air (and ground) space

PHeymont ·
Laguardia taxiway, lined up for take-off: Is there room for more? Photo: Port Authority of NY&NJ A coalition of smaller airlines is stepping up pressure on the Department of Transportation to open up some landing and take-off 'slots' for them at New York's crowded airports, dominated by the 'Big 3' legacy carriers. Alaska, Allegiant , Frontier, Spirit and Virgin America call themselves "new entrants" in the business and the area, and are...
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Boeing, Alaska plan 'cheap and green' at Seattle

PHeymont ·
  Boeing and Alaska Airways have figured out a way to both reduce carbon emissions at Seattle's SeaTac International Airport, and save the airline money while doing it. And it doesn't even require new equipment or investment.   The two...
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United makes big 'biofuel' steps

PHeymont ·
Fill'er up, please! Kerosene-based fuels may soon give way to biofuel.      Photo: Sascheporsche / Wikimedia   Fuel has been a big issue for airlines, both in terms of cost, and in terms of greenhouse gases and carbon...
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It's official: Alaska Airlines buys Virgin America

PHeymont ·
It's a deal: Alaska Airlines made it official this morning that the company is buying Virgin America and will operate as a single airline, possibly under two names.
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Is Virgin America headed for the altar?

PHeymont ·
Virgin America may be up for sale, and there are reported offers from JetBlue and Alaska Airlines, with Delta possibly coming to the table as well.
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Alaska goes big on new regional jets

PHeymont ·
Alaska Airlines' Horizon subsidiary is adding Embraer regional jets to its turboprop fleet to serve longer routes without the cost of mainline jets.
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Still a future for Virgin America?

PHeymont ·
Alaska Airlines may continue to operate its Virgin America as a separate brand, similar to major European carriers such as Air France/KLM.
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Newark's moving up on airline radar

PHeymont ·
FAA has eased slot restrictions at Newark, leading to new carriers coming in and Alaska adding three new cities from the field.
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MSC builds 2 new mega-ships, eyes N. America

PHeymont ·
One of Europe's leading cruise lines treats itself to two huge new liners and considers where it will sail next.
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Alaska Airlines Starts Cyber Monday Sale on Sunday

Travel Rob ·
Cyber Monday has turned into one of the best days of the year for airline bargains.This year Alaska Air started their Cyber Monday sale on Sunday. Buy now for best selection.         ...
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Alaska Airlines to add Premium Economy seating

DrFumblefinger ·
Alaska Airlines to add Premium Economy section in 2016.
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Airlines ban hoverboards; batteries could burn on-board

PHeymont ·
Hoverboards, also known as balance boards, are being banned from most U.S. flights because their large lithium-ion batteries are a fire risk on board. Already banned by JetBlue, Hawaiian and Virgin America, the popular devices, a kind of self-balancing scooter, hit the no-fly list in the last two days for Alaska and the big three (American, United and Delta). Only Southwest, among large airlines, still allows them. Delta put the issue this way: "Poorly-labeled, powerful lithium-ion batteries...
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Delta expands W. Coast shuttles, ups competition

PHeymont ·
Delta extends its shuttle concept to Seattle-LA and Seattle-SF flights as part of its continuing competition with Alaska Airlines for West Coast traffic.
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JAL and Alaska in codeshare, loyalty deals

PHeymont ·
Alaska Airlines, in another growth move, adds yet another codeshare and miles partner, this one a major OneWorld member.
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Alaska Airlines heats up the Battle for Seattle

PHeymont ·
Alaska Airlines, for whom Seattle is a key hub, is highlighting its new codeshare partnership with British Airways by offering double frequent flyer miles on Seattle-London flights.   Delta has recently been moving aggressively into the Seattle...
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Looking for a quirky vacation spot? Here's "Northern Exposure"

PHeymont ·
Yes, Talkeetna, Alaska, the town that was the model and lent scenery to the TV series Northern Exposure has a well-tended reputation for quirkiness, and welcomes visitors. Although some may have found the welcome a bit rough: there are rumors that...
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Delta makes its 20-minute bag guarantee permanent

PHeymont ·
Delta's guarantee that your bags will hit the conveyor belt in the terminal within 20 minutes of landing, announced as a test a few months ago, is now permanent. Delta passengers whose bags don't appear in time are eligible to fill out an online form...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, December 10, 2014: Black Arctic Ground Squirrel

My Thatched Hut ·
Ground Squirrels are fairly common in western North America.  Many people call them gophers but this is not correct.  A gopher is an animal that lives underground and stays there.  Most people have never seen one.   Ground...
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Delta/Alaska Battle for Seattle heats up

PHeymont ·
If you thought the boxing match in Las Vegas the other day was the "battle of the century," you haven't been watching Delta and Alaska Airlines fight it out over passenger traffic in Seattle. The two airlines have been codeshare partners for a long...
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Alaska Airlines adds alcohol...to its engines

PHeymont ·
Alaska Airlines is signed up to become the first to use Gevo Inc.s alcohol-based jet fuel as soon as it completes testing and certification. The hope is to be able to reduce pollution, reduce swings in fuel price, and have a steady, domestic source of...
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Visiting historic Skagway, Alaska

My Thatched Hut ·
    Skagway, Alaska owes its existence to the Klondike Gold Rush in the late 1800s.  There were three main routes to the Klondike.  One route was across Alaska.  A second was the all-Canadian route starting at Edmonton and...
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Flight cancellations continue: Not just winter, now it's ash!

PHeymont ·
Alaska Airlines has been forced to cancel a number of flights within Alaska due to poor visibility caused by an ash cloud from Russian volcanoes erupting on the Kamchatka Peninsula. From USA Today,  MORE     That's added to the chaos...
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Hats off to Judy! Alaska employee rescues stranded Delta passenger

PHeymont ·
If this customer service story had been made up by Alaska Airlines to embarrass West Coast rival and also codeshare partner Delta, it would have been unbelievable...but they didn't, and it happened. USA Today reports on a Delta business traveler who...
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Jan. 10, 2019: Driving the Alaska Highway to Kluane

DrFumblefinger ·
DrFumblefinger shares the story of the Alaska Highway and some photos taken while driving a segment of it this past summer.
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For Internet Day, a look at the first airline website

PHeymont ·
It's just over 20 years since it first became possible to buy tickets on the internet...and now it's hard to buy them any other way!
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Re: Delta makes its 20-minute bag guarantee permanent

DrFumblefinger ·
Nice to hear of something positive for consumers. As you know Alaska Airlines sparked this, as they've done this for at least a decade. But less waiting for a bag is a positive thing for travelers and I applaud them for doing so.
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Re: New name for U.S. highest mountain

PortMoresby ·
A new name, or an old name?
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Re: New name for U.S. highest mountain

PHeymont ·
Good point…new name as far as official government name goes…old name as far as local peoples are concerned!
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Re: Alaska goes big on new regional jets

Travel Rob ·
I know turboprops are safe but I always feel uneasy when I fly in one.
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Re: Visiting historic Skagway, Alaska

PHeymont ·
I had never realized that this was the only successful way in...and I think most of my images of the whole thing come from old silent movies showing would-be miners strugglng over that pass. Seems so peaceful now...
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Re: Visiting historic Skagway, Alaska

DrFumblefinger ·
I enjoyed this piece, Tom, and find the little town of Skagway charming if there's no cruise ships around. Make sure if you visit that you also go to the town's little cemetery and see if you can find the grave marker of the villainous Soapy Smith. There was a different way to reach the Klondike in addition to those Tom writes about, which while safer was not very successful. That involved sailing all the way up the coast of Alaska, entering the mouth of the Yukon river and navigating...
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March 6, 2020: Benny Benson Memorial, Seward

DrFumblefinger ·
DrFumblefinger shares the story of the Alaska state flag, and of the young orphan who designed it.
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April 3, 2020: Ray's Seafood Restaurant, Seward

DrFumblefinger ·
An excellent seafood restaurant in Seward, Ray's has won the prestigous "Alaska Best Restaurant" award.
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