Alaska Airlines to offer flights to Honolulu

The Bellingham Business Journal

Alaska Airlines will start its new nonstop service between Bellingham and Honolulu on Jan. 7, 2011. The daily flights will provide an alternative for travelers in northwest Washington and Lower Mainland, British Columbia.

“Alaska Airlines is proud to call the Pacific Northwest home. So we’re delighted to offer Bellingham its first-ever nonstop scheduled service to Hawaii,” Joe Sprague, Alaska Airlines’ vice president of marketing, said in a press release.

Alaska Airlines currently flies between Bellingham and Las Vegas while its sister carrier, Horizon Air, offers Bellingham-Seattle service.

Flights to Honolulu will leave Bellingham at 5:20 p.m. and arrive at 9:40 p.m. local time. Return flights will leave Honolulu at 10:25 p.m. and arrive at 6:05 a.m. in Bellingham. The flights will be operated with Boeing 737-800 aircraft, which can seat 16 passengers in first class and 141 in the main cabin.

Alaska Airlines currently offers 42 flights a week to four of the Hawaiian Islands from its hub in Seattle. Demand for these flights is increasing, which led the company to add the flight from Bellingham, spokesperson Bobbie Egan said.

“The Hawaiian Islands have been one of the most popular destinations that our passengers have been requesting,” Egan said. “They represent about 17 percent of the flights that we currently serve.”

Prices for the Bellingham-Honolulu flight have not been released yet. Tickets go on sale Aug. 5.

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