In complaints to the pilots union and on private Facebook groups, Horizon Air pilots say that because the policy threatens to bar them from moving up to the more lucrative jobs at Alaska Airlines, it could threaten safety.
Each management volunteer had to sign up for computer-based training, followed by on-the-job training during the first shift.
An airport official said passengers used to the old facility, with low ceilings and limited light leaving it dark in typical Pacific Northwest weather, will “transition from the 20th century to the 21st” when they enter the new space.
The parent company of Alaska Airlines on Thursday reported another big loss in the first quarter of 2021, yet offered a ray of hope that an airline recovery is in sight.
With Alaska’s route network heavily focused on the West Coast and its passengers therefore more likely to be aware of climate change, the airline seeks to be a U.S. leader on the issue.
Three out of the four most highly paid executives at Alaska Air took pay cuts in a year when the airline lost $1.3 billion due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Retiring Brad Tilden, who will stay on as board chairman, said he’ll step away from any day-to-day management.
The snowstorm that hit the Pacific Northwest last week dropped more than a foot of snow at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and left airlines struggling to maintain their schedules.
Hit both by the grounding of the 737 MAX and the global pandemic that paralyzed its airline customers, Boeing suffered a massive net loss last year.
Financial results released Tuesday by Alaska Air, parent company of Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air, show total revenue down 64% and an unexpected loss of $430 million in the final quarter.
Alaska plans to have its first MAX enter service in March, with five more by summer 2021 and another seven by year end.
The transaction indicates that airlines willing to take new jets in the middle of a historic aviation downturn can get excellent discounted deals.
According to an internal memo sent Sunday to Alaska Airlines pilots, the carrier plans to take its first 737-9 Max delivery early next year and start flying it in service by the end of March.
He will be succeeded by his second-in-command, Ben Minicucci, Alaska Airlines' president and also a member of the Alaska Air board.
The flight included activation of the flight control software that went wrong on the MAX crash flights in Indonesia and Ethiopia that killed 346 people.