Alaska Airlines Inaugurates Service To Kauai, Hawaii

10/26/2007 7:59 a.m.

SEATTLE Alaska Airlines on Sunday will inaugurate year-round service to Lihue on the Hawaiian island of Kauai, becoming the only airline to fly the route nonstop. Alaska launched Seattle-Honolulu service on Oct. 12 and will begin Anchorage-Honolulu service on Dec. 9.

"Prized for its dramatic beauty, the island of Kauai is one of Hawaii's most popular destinations, making this new route the perfect complement to our new Honolulu service," said Gregg Saretsky, Alaska Airlines' executive vice president of flight and marketing. "Customers from the Pacific Northwest now have a convenient way to visit the garden isle' without having to change planes."

The new daily Seattle-Lihue flights depart Seattle-Tacoma International Airport at
4:20 p.m. Pacific time and arrive in Lihue at 7:45 p.m. Hawaii time. Return flights depart Lihue at 9:15 p.m. Hawaii time and arrive in Seattle at 5:55 a.m. Pacific time. The schedule offers convenient connections for travelers in other cities served by Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air throughout the Pacific Northwest and state of Alaska.
     
The new flights are operated with Boeing 737-800 aircraft, accommodating 16 passengers in first class and 141 in the main cabin. All flights to Hawaii offer Hawaiian-themed beverage and meal service. Customers in the main cabin are offered complimentary Mauna Loa macadamia nuts and a complimentary Mai Tai or POG juice, as well as a Hawaiian-themed meal-for-purchase option for $5. Customers in first class enjoy exotic meals such as macadamia nut-encrusted mahi mahi.
     
Inflight service includes Alaska Airlines' digEplayer, a personal entertainment system offering a variety of movies, television shows, music and other features. The rented systems include a channel devoted to Hawaii programming, including extreme surfing programs and the television show "Hawaii Five-O."
     
Alaska's Hawaii flights are available for purchase at alaskaair.com or by calling
(800) ALASKAAIR. Alaska Airlines Vacations also offers a full line of vacation packages for travel to the islands of Oahu, Kauai, Maui and the Big Island of Hawaii. Packages include air transportation, hotel accommodations, ground transportation and tours.
     
Alaska Airlines and its sister carrier, Horizon Air, serve 92 cities through an expansive network in Alaska, the Lower 48, Hawaii, Canada and Mexico. This year Alaska Airlines celebrates its 75th anniversary, marking the airline's growth from a single-aircraft operation in 1932 to one of the largest U.S. carriers. For reservations, visit alaskaair.com. For more news and information, visit the Alaska Airlines/Horizon Air Newsroom at alaskaair.com/newsroom.