Alaska Airlines has unveiled a new cabin experience, and we have to say that it is pretty impressive. According to a News Release by Alaska Airlines, guests traveling on the airline will be able to enjoy the new cabin experience on some of its Airbus flights as early as this month.
The airline is working on retrofitting all of its Airbus A319, A320, and A321 aircraft this year. As a matter of fact, by 2020, as many as 36% of Alaska Airlines’ aircraft, including all of its Airbus aircraft, as well as Boeing 737-700s and three new Boeing MAX 9s, will feature the modern interior.
Ben Minicucci, Alaska Airlines’ president and COO, stated “Just two years after acquiring Virgin America, we’re thrilled to introduce a modern cabin that aligns the onboard experience across our fleet. After extensive feedback from our guests and in collaboration with our partners, we’ve infused the Alaska Airlines cabin with key brand elements from Virgin America – the result is a premium experience at an affordable price.”
Let’s take a look at all the features of Alaska Airlines’ new cabin.
First of all, Alaska Airlines has updated the colors throughout the cabin. The entire cabin looks more relaxing and appealing in the new neutral tones.
The newly updated seats feature memory foam and genuine leather for a comfortable and luxurious feeling.
Ambient Mood Lighting
Virgin America heavily advertised its “mood lighting” when the airline started service in 2007. This popular feature will be part of Alaska Airlines’ new cabin experience. The purpose of the ambient mood lighting is to support the human body’s natural circadian rhythm. Consequently, the lighting changes during the course of a flight depending on the time of the day.
The music program with a West Coast vibe will further support the relaxing atmosphere onboard the aircraft.
Redesigned First Class
The First Class cabin of the retrofitted aircraft features Recaro seats with a 40″ pitch as well as footrests for added passenger comfort. Additionally, there are cup holders in First Class and Premium Class, so passengers do not have to put their drinks on the tray table.
Wi-Fi is available on many flights nowadays. Alaska Airlines’ aircraft, however, will boast a high-speed satellite Wi-Fi with faster connection speeds. Passengers will even be able to stream programs from Netflix and HBOGo.
Many passengers will surely appreciate this new feature: tablet holders. The tablet holders are designed to hold most tablets and smartphones in perfect view of the passengers.
Flexible Mesh Pockets
Alaska Airlines definitely had passenger convenience in mind when designing the new interior. Flexible mesh pockets are available in front of every seat, so passengers can easily access their small items during the flight. Furthermore, passengers can charge two devices at once thanks to USB and power outlets located right in front of them.
New Food and Beverage Choices
Alaska Airlines is not only retrofitting the cabin of its aircraft though. The airline is taking it a step further and is also introducing new food and beverage choices. As a result, there will be seasonal menus offering meals prepared with fresh and locally-sourced ingredients.
All in all, it appears that Alaska Airlines has done a great job listening to its passengers and upgrading its cabins. We are definitely looking forward to traveling on one of Alaska Airlines’ retrofitted aircraft in the near future.
How do you feel about Alaska Airlines’ new cabin experience?