Sunday, 8 September 2019

Alaska Airlines brings back Russell Wilson promotion just in time for football season and confirms start dates for new services from San Luis Obispo

Ahead of the September 8th home opener, Alaska Airlines is bringing back a special popular promotion: guests wearing a Russell Wilson No. 3 jersey will be granted early boarding on all Seattle-departing flights for the duration of the football season.

Russell Wilson No. 3 jersey Promotion

"Offering pre-boarding for guests sporting their No. 3 jerseys is just one way we celebrate our hometown quarterback here at Alaska Airlines," said Natalie Bowman, Alaska Airlines' managing director of brand and marketing communications. "We invite all Seattle sports fans to join us in cheering on Russell ahead of his team's season opener."

As Alaska Airlines' Chief Football Officer, Wilson is committed to a multi-year partnership with the airline to build a strong local community. Wilson works with the airline to support youth charities and education programs, including:

Seattle Children's hospital, where he visits patients every Tuesday during football season;
The Strong Against Cancer initiative to end childhood cancer;
His own Why Not You Foundation empowering kids to dream big, believe in themselves and have a "why not you" attitude;
The Russell Wilson Passing Academy, a football camp for developing young players; and
The airline's annual No Time 2 Sleep event in South Seattle's Highline Public Schools district encouraging graduates to define their goals and pursue their dreams.

Alaska Airlines announces new service from San Luis Obispo

Daily nonstop flights will connect Southern California
and the Pacific Northwest to San Luis Obispo

On Wednesday, the carrier confirmed the start dates for a number of new services between San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport and San Diego International Airport on January 7th, 2020, and San Luis Obispo Regional Airport and Portland International Airport on June 18th, 2020. The new destination offers travel enthusiasts from Southern California and the Pacific Northwest easier connectivity to California's fastest-growing wine and recreation region. 

"We are excited to add nonstop service to San Diego and Portland, Oregon, from San Luis Obispo, furthering our commitment to California's Central Coast," said Brett Catlin, Alaska Airlines managing director of capacity planning and alliances. "Whether visiting nearby Paso Robles to experience the renowned food and wine scene, cycling through hills and vistas, or enjoying our on-board West Coast-inspired food and beverage menu, Alaska guests can look forward to experiencing our award-winning service."
Effective Date
City Pair
Jan. 7, 2020
San Diego – San Luis Obispo
11:55 a.m.
1:07 p.m.
Jan. 7, 2020
San Luis Obispo – San Diego
1:50 p.m.
2:57 p.m.
June 18, 2020
Portland – San Luis Obispo
1:10 p.m.
3:18 p.m.
June 18, 2020
San Luis Obispo – Portland
3:55 p.m.
6:03 p.m.

"These new Alaska Airlines flights are the successful outcome of years of planning and coordination," said Kevin Bumen, A.A.E., San Luis Obispo airport director. "With the help of our community partners, the county and the airport are excited to bring these new opportunities to our travellers, and to provide deeper connections into the Alaska Airlines network."

Alaska will operate once daily nonstop service between San Luis Obispo and San Diego, and between San Luis Obispo and Portland, Oregon. Guests can begin booking travel today. The new routes further amplify Alaska's commitment to the California market, building on recently-announced service additions linking San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Diego to destinations including Anchorage, Boise, Spokane and Redmond/Bend.

San Luis Obispo, well-known for its wine and food scene, is a key new market for the airline and underscores Alaska's commitment to providing guests with bright flavors inspired by the West Coast. Alaska has a long-standing partnership with Broken Earth Winery, based in nearby Paso Robles, California, and currently serves noteworthy wine blends on all Main Cabin flights.

With Alaska's much-loved Wine Flies Free program, wine aficionados can check a case of wine with no baggage fee, after visiting 31 West Coast cities, including San Luis Obispo. For sports enthusiasts looking to break a sweat while on vacation, Alaska's sports equipment checked bag program is one to take advantage of.

To celebrate the launch of service, the airport unveiled a specially commissioned chalk mural by local artist Rachel Hamann, of Dot + Cross Studio, who created the artwork over the past week. The mural, which encompasses the airport's two-story parking elevator and is highly visible to all airport visitors, is a whimsical take on vintage aeroplane banners and features the Alaska logo and iconic aircraft tail.

Alaska Airlines and its regional partners fly 46 million guests a year to more than 115 destinations with an average of 1,200 daily flights across the United States and to Mexico, Canada and Costa Rica. Alaska Airlines ranked "Highest in Customer Satisfaction Among Traditional Carriers in North America" in the J.D. Power North America Airline Satisfaction Study for 12 consecutive years from 2008 to 2019. 

SOURCE Alaska Airlines

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