Showing posts with label Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. Show all posts

Wednesday 21 June 2023

Alaska Airlines reopens renovated D Concourse Lounge in Seattle


Alaska Airlines is all set to welcome back members and passengers to its popular D Concourse Lounge at the carrier's hometown airport of Seattle, which has been renovated to offer 50% more seating and improved amenities. 

Alaska Airlines has doubled the footprint of lounges with an investment of some $30 million for improvements over the past five years. The airline said its focus was on producing fresh upgrades and new amenities to make the spaces bigger and better than ever. 


The renovated lounge has a new barista station located on the first level so members and guests can grab a quick, hand-crafted espresso beverage or brewed coffee to go (a big request by travellers on their way to their gate), or they can simply hang out for a bit. 


"The revamped D Concourse Lounge in Seattle will be a huge hit with all those travellers who visit. We added thoughtful touches – from being able to quickly grab a delicious hand-crafted espresso beverage to more comfy chairs to relax in."  said Sangita Woerner, senior vice president of marketing and guest experience at Alaska Airlines.

The redesigned D Concourse Lounge features artwork by the influential Coast Salish artist Louie Gong (Nooksack). His unique style merges traditional Native art with influences from his mixed heritage and urban environment to create work that resonates widely across communities and cultures.
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Sunday 21 May 2023

Seattle: The city hidden beneath the clouds

Seattle: The city hidden beneath the clouds

Mykela Lowe



The biggest myth that surrounds this metropolitan city is the idea that rain is a constant, but don’t be fooled. Many Seattleites encourage sightseers to embrace the occasional drizzle as they explore. Every season has something you can do or see – and you can experience all four seasons without extreme weather conditions, writes Mykela Lowe.


Seattle’s greatest attribute is its weather. Yes, I said it. I stand by it. That’s because beyond the rain showers and grey skies live vast evergreen forests, soothing Pacific waters, a temperate climate every single season of the year – and a city just waiting to be discovered.

Picture it: A busy city nestled between two seemingly infinite mountain ranges, surrounded by more than 50 hiking trails and unforgettable views. Sound too good to be true? I thought so, too until I experienced it for myself.

  • Must See....
  • Pike Place Market: Visitors will find everything they could want in fresh fish and produce. Just make sure you watch where you’re going and where you came from. It's easy to get turned around if you’re new to the market.
  • The first Starbucks: Grab coffee and limited-edition merchandise that can only be found at 1912 Pike Place – the Original Starbucks.
  • Space Needle: A historical structure left over from Seattle’s first World Fair in 1926 is one of the most iconic tourist attractions in the city. Enjoy a nice cocktail in the Loupe Lounge, as you rotate capturing multiple unimaginable views of Seattle Center below. For those looking to tame their inner adventurer, experience a virtual reality bungee jump from the top of the Space Needle.
  • Ride the ferry: Take a ride on the ferry across Puget Sound from the shores of Seattle.


But to help unlock the wonders of this marvellous city, I enlisted the help of two Seattleites: Michael Surkis, a scheduler for Delta’s ramp operation, and Amneris Molina-Nunez, a customer service agent.

The biggest myth that surrounds this metropolitan city is the idea that rain is a constant, but don’t be fooled. Many Seattleites encourage sightseers to embrace the occasional drizzle as they explore. According to Molina-Nunez, every season has something you can do or see – and you can experience all four seasons without extreme weather conditions.

Springtime in Seattle is one of the largest celebrations of the year. No part of the city can resist the urge to welcome a new season into its midst. “The cherry blossom in Seattle is a feast for the eyes,” said Surkis while describing his time on the University of Washington’s campus. For a more tourist-like experience, visit Skagit Valley’s numerous tulip farms, available for tours throughout the season.

During the summers, locals and tourists flock to Alki Beach to escape the uniform and bungalow architecture dominating the metropolitan area. Some might even say it even resembles the boardwalks of California. “Fine-grain sand, burger and ice cream shops, unobstructed views of the Olympic Mountain Range to the west, and if you take the short walk around the cape, you have a commanding view of downtown Seattle," said Surkis. Anywhere you go, you can’t lose.

Fall is an exciting time to be outside in Seattle. The warm weather starts to cool, and the leaves begin to change. One of Molina-Nunez’s favourite things to do is take a ferry across Puget Sound to go hiking or visit one of the many towns just a short ride away. The Bumbershoot Music Festival will be making its grand return Labor Day weekend following its hiatus during the pandemic.

Thursday 16 February 2023

American Express opens new Centurion lounge at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport

American Express has opened a new Centurion Lounge at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA). The new lounge is nearly triple the size of the original Centurion Lounge at SEA and now located in the newly created mezzanine level of the Central Terminal post-security. 




It features spectacular views of the airfield and iconic Olympic mountains, ample room for guests to relax or work before their flight, and a locally-inspired menu from Seattle-based Communion Restaurant and Bar Executive Chef Kristi Brown. Plus, the new location includes “Blue Roast by American Express,” a coffee bar serving speciality coffee, espresso drinks, and cold brew from local Seattle roaster Caffè Umbria, and a one-of-a-kind mural of the Seattle skyline made from coffee beans by celebrated artist Harold Caudio.

“The new Centurion Lounge at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport delivers exactly what Card Members want while travelling – more space to relax and recharge and fantastic food and drink,” said Pablo Rivero, Vice President & General Manager, Global Lounge Experiences. “Inspired by the vibrant Seattle dining and coffee scene, this lounge showcases the best of what Seattle has to offer, including a custom menu from the talented Chef Kristi Brown and our first full-service coffee bar with locally-roasted beans Seattle is known for.”

A Taste of “Seattle Soul”


Chef Kristi Brown, James Beard Award semifinalist and owner and chef of Seattle-based Communion Restaurant and Bar, will bring her signature “Seattle Soul” cuisine to the lounge. Her cuisine uses fresh local ingredients honouring traditional soul food and flavours from communities represented in the Pacific Northwest, including Southeast Asia and East and West Africa. The menu at the Centurion Lounge at SEA will feature dishes like Trinidadian Spiced Pork Belly, Blackened Chicken Cobb Salad, and "Peach Cobbla” French Toast, her twist on the traditional breakfast treat.

Wednesday 15 February 2023

New Centurion Lounge opens at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA)

American Express has opened a new Centurion Lounge at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA). The new lounge is nearly triple the size of the original Centurion Lounge at SEA and now located in the newly created mezzanine level of the Central Terminal post-security. 




It features spectacular views of the airfield and iconic Olympic mountains, ample room for guests to relax or work before their flight, and a locally-inspired menu from Seattle-based Communion Restaurant and Bar Executive Chef Kristi Brown. Plus, the new location includes “Blue Roast by American Express,” a coffee bar serving speciality coffee, espresso drinks, and cold brew from local Seattle roaster Caffè Umbria, and a one-of-a-kind mural of the Seattle skyline made from coffee beans by celebrated artist Harold Caudio.

“The new Centurion Lounge at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport delivers exactly what Card Members want while travelling – more space to relax and recharge and fantastic food and drink,” said Pablo Rivero, Vice President & General Manager, Global Lounge Experiences. “Inspired by the vibrant Seattle dining and coffee scene, this lounge showcases the best of what Seattle has to offer, including a custom menu from the talented Chef Kristi Brown and our first full-service coffee bar with locally-roasted beans Seattle is known for.”

A Taste of “Seattle Soul”


Chef Kristi Brown, James Beard Award semifinalist and owner and chef of Seattle-based Communion Restaurant and Bar, will bring her signature “Seattle Soul” cuisine to the lounge. Her cuisine uses fresh local ingredients honouring traditional soul food and flavours from communities represented in the Pacific Northwest, including Southeast Asia and East and West Africa. The menu at the Centurion Lounge at SEA will feature dishes like Trinidadian Spiced Pork Belly, Blackened Chicken Cobb Salad, and "Peach Cobbla” French Toast, her twist on the traditional breakfast treat.

Wednesday 18 May 2022

Soaring Aerial Walkway Welcomes International Passengers to Seattle-Tacoma Airport’s Newest Facility

The most complex building project in SEA’s 70+ year history, the new facility expands capacity and speeds up the international arrivals process.


The new, expanded International Arrivals Facility (IAF) at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) is now open. Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) led the design team, replacing a 50-year-old arrivals facility with a dynamic structure nearly five times bigger, dramatically improving the passenger experience. The IAF comprises an aerial walkway—the longest of its kind in the world—a Grand Hall, and a secure corridor to increase the number of international-capable gates. 

“This is an all-new welcome to our region and airport for an international traveller, and it’s a dramatic improvement,” says Lance Lyttle, Managing Director of SEA Airport. “Everything from the views out the windows, the iconic walkway, and the intuitiveness of the facility make this an exceptional customer experience.”

Arriving international passengers are immersed in the landscape of the Pacific Northwest as they cross the soaring aerial walkway with 360-degree views of Mount Rainier, and the Olympic and Cascade mountain ranges. The walkway spans 780 feet across an active taxilane, creating a rare moment for passengers to watch planes pass underneath. “It is magnificent from an architectural perspective,” said Washington Governor Jay Inslee at the project reveal. “That walkway is a working piece of art.” 

The walkway connects to IAF’s Grand Hall – an expansive, light-filled space with floor to ceiling windows. The building’s sweeping roofline tilts and arcs reflect the motion of a landing aeroplane. Site-specific artworks include “Magnetic Anomaly,” a set of three kinetic artworks created by Ned Kahn, suspended overhead and a colourful five-piece sculpture by Marela Zacarías, “Chalchiutlicue,” that floats above baggage claim carousels.

“An airport creates your first impression of a new place, and the Puget Sound region offers an incredible palette to draw from,” said Michael Duncan, design partner at SOM. “The design significantly improves efficiency and elevates the passenger experience. Most importantly, it creates an uplifting, light-filled experience – with its dramatic roof and bridge, and is a welcoming sequence of spaces.” 

The interior design references elements of the Pacific Northwest–its plant life, terrain, and topography. The Grand Hall features a terrazzo floor with local stones, and entry portals lined with Douglas fir. Passengers depart the Passport Control area, alongside a small forest of evergreen trees, which culminates at ground level in a landscaped creek with native ferns and plantings nestled between granite slabs.

A new secure international corridor along the face of the existing A Concourse allows eight international wide-body aircraft gates direct access to the IAF, with dual-use for domestic flights, bolstering the building’s future flexibility. SEA is the nation’s first major hub airport to roll out ‘Bags First,’ a streamlined Customs and Border Protection entrance process.

It looks very impressive and is an asset to the airport, our editor Jason Shaw said, whilst also comparing it to a bigger version of the walkway at London Gatwick's North Terminal.


   

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Saturday 30 October 2021

Hotel giant MCR buys the Lakeside Residence Inn by Marriott Seattle Sea-Tac Airport

MCR — the 4th-largest hotel owner-operator in the U.S. has purchased the newly built 170-suite Residence Inn by Marriott Seattle Sea-Tac Airport in Washington. The new property is just 10 minutes from the Residence Inn by Marriott Seattle South/Renton that MCR acquired in June of this year.

One of the fastest-growing airports, Sea-Tac ranks among the top 10 in the U.S., having welcomed more than 51 million passengers in 2019. And it’s getting bigger every day: The Port of Seattle, which owns and operates the airport, is investing more than $4 billion in 30 improvement projects by 2027.

The Residence Inn by Marriott Seattle Sea-Tac Airport is located at 19608 International Boulevard and features:

170 pet-friendly suites
Complimentary 24-hour airport shuttle service
A rooftop patio featuring sprawling views of Angle Lake
Free fast Wi-Fi
A 24-hour convenience store
A fitness centre
A business centre
A lobby bar
Complimentary breakfast
Laundry facilities
Onsite parking
480 square feet of meeting space




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Tuesday 19 February 2019

Alaska Airlines begins daily nonstop service to El Paso from Seattle and San Diego


US Alaska Airlines has launched daily nonstop service today between Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and El Paso International Airport, along with daily nonstop service between El Paso and San Diego International Airport.

El Paso is a new destination for Alaska and becomes the 90th nonstop destination served from the airline's largest hub in Seattle. El Paso also becomes the 31st nonstop destination served from San Diego. Alaska has the most nonstops from the West Coast, including the most flights to Hawaii.

Alaska is the only airline providing nonstop flights between Seattle and El Paso. The easier, more convenient connection between the cities will help improve the travel time for employees who commute between Western Washington and West Texas – two regions with significant industry and business ties.

Thursday 19 July 2018

Seattle's calling for Cathay Pacific Seattle's call

Seattle set to become the 8th US destination for Cathay Pacific  Image Seattle Port Authority 
Direct from Hong Kong - Cathay Pacific has announced it will start a new nonstop service to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport on 1st April 2019,. It will be the only airline offering a direct link between Hong Kong and the fastest-growing city on the West Coast.

The service will operate four times each week and will become Cathay's eighth passenger gateway in the United States, and its 10th in North America. The airline already flies to Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York (JFK), New York (Newark), San Francisco, Toronto and Vancouver. Plus in September this year, a service to Washington, DC will be started. 

Cathay Pacific Chief Executive Officer Rupert Hogg said the Seattle route, which will be operated by the airline's state-of-the-art Airbus A350-900 aircraft, underscores the airline's expansion strategy to connect new destinations not otherwise served from Hong Kong–and to link its home, one of the most innovative cities in Asia, with tech hubs the world over.