Monday, February 9, 2009

Trip Report - Alaska Air: Seattle - SFO

I had another EARLY (6AM) flight from Seattle to San Francisco on Alaska Airlines. I was happy I got the upgrade, since upon my arrival at 4:45am the normal security lines were VERY long.

Luckily there was a nice Horizon employee working the PDX Shuttle/First Class/Elite bypass line, so I was able to pass by about 70 folks in line.

I noticed Alaska is boarding their 737-900 flights at 45mins prior to departure. While I think thats good, it didnt seem to help "leaving early" from the gate.

Here is the View from Seat 2C in First Class. The nice thing about Alaska's 737-800 and 900's is that there is ample overhead space for Bulkhead folks in first class.

Alaska is still serving a nice warm breakfast -- BIG cinnamon roll, Yogurt, plus a nice bowl of fruit. Service was "ok" -- the flight attendant never greeted anyone by name. And his introduction was more like "SO -- what do you want to drink". Not bad service, but gees is it that hard to greet folks by name?

Flight arrived on-time, even though we were a bit late off the gate in Seattle. We arrived into Gate 22 in the domestic terminal. It appears Alaska is no longer arriving into the SFO International Terminal for this 6am flight that continues to Mexico (PVR). This is a good thing for most folks, since it allows easier access to Baggage Claim at SFO.

I also had flight on a brand new (smelling) Horizon Dash 8-400 aircraft. This plane was dedicated to Horizon's founder Milton Kuolt, who pass away last May.

Very cool metal plaque faces folks in Seats 2DE on this Dash8-400.