Alaska Airlines have announced a new route from Everett Paine Field airport. From the 5th November 2019, passengers departing from PAE will be able to fly direct to Palm Springs. As well as this, Alaska are increasing frequency to Phoenix, AZ and reducing Portland services by one flight a day.
Alaska began operating flights from Paine Field-Snohomish County Airport (PAE), Washington from the 11th February 2019. They started out running routes to eight West Coast cities, operating 18 services a day.
Their original destinations were Las Vegas (LAS), Los Angeles (LAX), Orange County (SNA), Phoenix (PHX), Portland (PDX), San Diego (SAN), San Francisco (SFO) and San Jose (SJC). However, since launch customers have been crying out for a service to Palm Springs, as the pull of the warm desert was just too much to resist.
Noelle Fredrickson, general manager of network planning and strategy for Alaska Airlines said in a press release,
“Hands down, Palm Springs was number one on our guests’ wish list for the next destination from Paine Field. After three months of flying at Everett, we thought this was a good time to make adjustments to improve the flying experiences for our guests. And hopefully make some people really happy.”
Alaska Airlines took to Twitter to announce the new route.
Ready to PAE a visit to PSP?
Starting this November, guests can fly nonstop daily between Everett, WA (PAE) and Palm Springs, CA (PSP)!
— Alaska Airlines (@AlaskaAir) June 5, 2019
What can we expect from Alaska’s Everett to Palm Springs service?
Passengers can enjoy Alaska Airlines’ ninth destination from Paine Field from November 5th onwards. The airline will operate a daily flight just after midday, returning mid afternoon. The planned schedule is as follows:
- Everett to Palm Springs: Departs 12:20, arrives 15:05
- Palm Springs to Everett: Departs 15:55, arrives 18:45
All the Alaska Airlines flight from Paine Field are taken care of by Horizon Air, using Embraer 175 aircraft. The aircraft features a three class cabin. There are 76 seats in total, split across 12 in first, 12 in premium and 52 in coach.
First passengers can enjoy a recliner seat with a 42” pitch and a comfortable 21” in width. In premium, the pitch is 36” and width a generous 18.25”. Coach seats feature the same width but a shorter 32” of pitch.
The Embraer 175 is a passenger favorite for short to mid-range flights across the continent. One of the reasons for this is the lack of a middle seat, meaning every passenger gets a window or an aisle seat. The windows are huge, even bigger than those on the 787 Dreamliner, making the cabin light and comfortable.
Other changes at Paine Field
Alaska say they’ve been doing really well at Paine Field since launching flights in February. At the end of May, more than 160,000 passengers had flown with Alaska from the Everett airport. Although flights from Paine Field have been a success, Alaska are limited to 18 departures per day, so adding capacity is not an option.
However, based on feedback from customers and popularity of routes, Alaska are shuffling schedules to add the capacity for Palm Springs and also for additional services to Phoenix. Starting August 26th, Alaska will add a second round trip to the Arizona desert, at the cost of one of their daily flights to Portland. Frederickson said,
“We’re optimizing our flight schedule to improve our operations. By flying three roundtrips a day instead of four to Portland and L.A., we can better provide the key flight times preferred by our business travelers and allow for better connection windows.”
Have you flown from Paine Field yet? Will you be taking Alaska Airlines to Palm Springs? Tell us in the comments.