Alaska Airlines to use Q400s as "jet bridge"

Fairbanks residents flying on Alaska Airlines´ (NYSE: ALK) Bombardier (TSX: BBD-B) Q400s starting next March will board and deplane the aircraft using the existing jet bridge at Fairbanks International Airport.

The carrier said it will modify the jet bridge at Gate 1 at the airport to provide passengers with warm, easy access to their flights on the turboprop aircraft.

Alaska Airlines is exploring a warm boarding solution for customers boarding and deplaning the Q400 at Ted Stevens International Airport in Anchorage, Romano said.

Starting next March, Alaska will increase service between Anchorage and Fairbanks from seven to nine daily flights; eight flights will be operated with the Q400 and one with a Boeing 737.

Additionally, the Q400 will replace an Alaska 737 on one of two daily round-trip flights between Anchorage and Kodiak. Initial service to Kodiak will begin March 3 and end April 30, then resume again for seasonal service between October and April.

Alaska Airlines, together with its partner regional airlines, serves 95 cities through an expansive network in Alaska, the Lower 48, Hawaii, Canada and Mexico.

Find out more at www.alaskaair.com.

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