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UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 7, 2018

Airlines sue over new Washington state sick leave law

A coalition of airlines including Alaska, JetBlue, United and Southwest is suing Washington state over its new sick leave law, saying the measure will increase costs and delays for travelers.


Alaska among two more airlines to give employees bonuses after tax law changes

Alaska Airlines and JetBlue Airways are the latest airlines to pay bonuses to employees after passage of a new tax law that figures to help the carriers.


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 28, 2017

Alaska Airlines sued for wrongful death after elderly woman falls down escalator

The family of a Spokane Valley woman filed a wrongful death lawsuit Wednesday against Alaska Airlines claiming that a contractor that works for the airlines failed to escort its elderly …


Former Facebook exec says she was harassed on flight

Alaska Airlines said Thursday it’s investigating a claim that flight attendants allowed a passenger to sexually harass a former Facebook executive on a flight.


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 21, 2017

Seattle-bound flight stops in Spokane for medical emergency

An Alaska Airlines flight from Chicago to Seattle made an emergency landing in Spokane because of a medical emergency.


UPDATED: Tue., June 6, 2017

Flash sales offer cheap summer and fall flights from Spokane, elsewhere

Looking for a cheap getaway? Some airlines are holding flash sales for domestic and international flights this week at drastically reduced prices.


UPDATED: Thu., May 18, 2017

Alaska Airlines will start passenger flights from Everett’s Paine Field

Starting next year, people living north of Seattle will have Everett’s Paine Field as an alternative to Seattle-Tacoma International, as Alaska Airlines begins daily passenger flights likely serving popular destinations …


Alaska Airlines to drop Virgin America name and logo

Alaska Airlines says as part of their merger with Virgin America they will drop the Virgin America name and logo.


Alaska Air, reversing course, will hire baggage handlers it outsourced

Alaska Airlines is taking its baggage-handling contract at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport away from Menzies Aviation and giving it to a new Alaska Air subsidiary, McGee Air Services.


Powder falls from plane vent, triggers emergency response

Officials say a while powder fell from an air vent of an Alaska Airlines plane and triggered a hazardous material response when the flight landed in San Jose, California.


Huckleberries: Preteen airplane passenger didn’t get wine despite his whine

A preteen on a Christmas Day flight from Spokane to Portland didn’t get an Official Red Ryder Carbine-Action Two-Hundred-Shot Range Model Air Rifle that day – nor the glass of …


Alaska-Virgin America merger joins very different airlines: Like ‘bacon on a donut’?

Alaska Air Group on Wednesday is completing its $4 billion acquisition of San Francisco-based Virgin America to become the fifth-largest U.S. airline.


Alaska Airlines settles lawsuit against Virgin America deal

Alaska Airlines has removed its last major hurdle to buying Virgin America.


Flights canceled as forecast calls for more snow

Alaska Airlines canceled about two dozen flights into and out of Sea-Tac Airport as snow was in the forecast throughout the Seattle area.


Alaska Airlines to offer flight from Portland to Hailey

Horizon Air, a subsidiary of Alaska Airlines, will offer a direct flight between the central Idaho resort city of Sun Valley and Portland starting this winter.


Alaska Airlines CEO says he might keep Virgin America brand

Alaska Airlines CEO Brad Tilden said Wednesday that he might keep the Virgin America brand, running it and Alaska as two different products within the same airline group.


Alaska Airlines announces summer Anchorage-Spokane flights

Alaska Airlines is planning direct flights this summer between Anchorage, Alaska, and Spokane.


United worst, Alaska Airlines best in J.D. Power survey

United Airlines ranked worst among traditional carriers in customer satisfaction in a new J.D. Power survey, but the carrier improved its scores from last year. Alaska Airlines made its passengers …


Passenger’s quest for beer forced flight to divert to Portland, feds say

A passenger who authorities say forced an Alaska Airlines flight to be diverted after he didn’t get a beer has pleaded not guilty in Portland to a charge of interfering …


Plane makes emergency landing in Portland

An Alaska Airlines flight has made an emergency landing in Portland.


Seattle-bound plane makes emergency landing

A flight headed to Seattle from Reagan National Airport had to make an emergency landing at nearby Dulles International Airport after its pilots reported smoke in the cockpit.


University of Washington, Alaska Airlines reach naming rights deal

The University of Washington and Alaska Airlines have agreed to a $41 million, 10-year partnership which includes naming rights for Husky Stadium. The school announced the partnership on Thursday and …


Alaska Airlines, WSU to test wood-based biofuel

Next year, Alaska Airlines will undertake a demonstration flight using 1,000 gallons of biofuel made from woody debris from Northwest forests. The airline is teaming up with Washington State University, …


Alaska Airlines will test jet fuel made from wood waste

Alaska Airlines says it will fly a demonstration flight next year using 1,000 gallons of a biofuel made from wood waste in Northwest forests.


UPDATED: Mon., April 13, 2015

Alaska Airlines flight returns to Sea-Tac after passengers hear person trapped in cargo hold

An Alaska Airlines flight bound for Los Angeles made an emergency return to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport today after passengers heard someone banging beneath the airplane.


Alaska Airlines announces Boise to Spokane flights

Alaska Airlines will be offering daily flights from Spokane to Boise starting Aug. 24, the company’s president said Wednesday before the Boise Chamber of Commerce.


Delta to add Spokane-Seattle flights

Alaska Airlines will once again face competition for flights between Spokane and Seattle. Delta Air Lines announced Tuesday that it will add four departure and four return flights between the …


Vestal: Spokane man back home after unusual flight

When Ryan Oelrich was awakened on the red-eye home from Alaska by a loud hissing noise, he wondered if the plane was going down. He says he wasn’t scared, exactly. …


Alaska Airlines starting Fairbanks-Portland flight

SEATTLE — Alaska Airlines is adding daily, nonstop flights this summer between Fairbanks and Portland. Service starts June 9 and continues through Sept. 2.


Getting There: STA grime-fighters take on bus shelters

Now that winter is easing its grip, workers for Spokane Transit Authority are giving the system’s bus shelters a sprucing up. Grime has been building up at the shelters since …