Alaska Airlines is already planning new routes when they acquire their E175s next year and the first new route announcements will bolster their California presence with two new thrice daily intrastate flights between San Diego and Sacramento and San Jose and Burbank. These new routes will not be launched until March 16, 2017 but will grow the number of flights Alaska serves wholly within California.
The new flights have been timed to connect the LA Valley to Hainan and British Airways flights from San Jose and Sacramento fliers to JAL and British Airways flights in San Diego. In addition, with thrice daily service, business travelers will have more options on routes which are currently monopolized by Southwest.
Alaska will fly the routes with 76-seat E175 jets, operated by SkyWest Airlines, which features 12 seats in first class, 12 seats in premium class and 52 seats in the main cabin. The E175 boasts cabin dimensions on par with a mainline jet. Onboard amenities include Wi-Fi Internet access, and Alaska Beyond Entertainment, which includes free and premium entertainment direct to customer devices and power outlets in the first class cabin.
Summary of new service*:
|San Diego-Sacramento||7 a.m.||8:43 a.m.||Daily|
|12:10 p.m.||1:55 p.m.||Daily|
|5 p.m.||6:45 p.m.||Daily|
|Sacramento-San Diego||9:25 a.m.||11 a.m.||Daily|
|2:35 p.m.||4:20 p.m.||Daily|
|7:25 p.m.||9:10 p.m.||Daily|
|Burbank-San Jose||8:35 a.m.||9:42 a.m.||Daily|
|2:15 p.m.||3:22 p.m.||Daily|
|6:50 p.m.||7:57 p.m.||Daily|
|San Jose-Burbank||6:50 a.m.||7:59 a.m.||Daily|
|12:30 p.m.||1:39 p.m.||Daily|
|5:05 p.m.||6:14 p.m.||Daily|
These two new routes build upon other routes launched by Alaska/Horizon in California which includes San Jose – San Diego, San Jose – Orange County, Santa Rosa – Orange County, Los Angeles (LAX) – Monterey (MRY), and previous launched San Diego – Fresno, Monterey, and Mammoth Lakes. With these new routes and others, along with the pending merger with Virgin America, Alaska is trying to become the absolute West Coast powerhouse!