How it all started
The airline traces its roots to McGee Airways, which flew its inaugural service from Anchorage and Bristol Bay in 1932 with a Stinson single-engined, three-passenger aircraft. Mergers and acquisitions produced changes in the name and saw business expand throughout Alaska. As of 1942, the airline was known as "Alaska Star Airlines." The name Alaska Airlines was adopted in 1944 having narrowly beat a competitor applying for the name. Alaska Airlines moved to the jet age when it introduced a Convair CV-880 in 1961. Alaska's sister (and wholly owned) airline, Horizon Air, was founded in 1981 to serve communities using routes vacated by larger airlines after the Airline Deregulation Act of 1978.
Boeing B 737 - 400
- Route: Vancouver - Los Angeles
- Date: 2 January 2009
- Time: 2h:55m