Alaska Airlines Opening Flight Attendant Base in San Diego

Fri Jan 18, 2013 8:00am EST

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SEATTLE,  Jan. 18, 2013  /PRNewswire/ -- Alaska Airlines will open a flight
attendant base in  San Diego  on  April 1. Between 150 and 200 flight attendants
are expected to fly out of  San Diego,  Alaska's fifth base in its network,
which will save the carrier more than  $1 million  annually in travel-related

"This is an exciting time for us," said  Andy Schneider, Alaska Airlines' vice
president of inflight services. "As one of our fastest-growing cities, the time
was right to open a base in San Diego-a city where many of our flight attendants
already live."

Schneider said about 15 percent of the flight attendants needed at the new base
already live in  San Diego  and commute more than two hours to  Los Angeles  and
other airports in the area. She expects the sunny  Southern California  location
will easily attract the additional employees needed to staff the base.

In addition to reducing the company's employee travel costs, the new  San Diego 
base is also expected to help with on-time performance since flight attendants
will be living in the  San Diego  region rather than commuting to a different
airport for departures.

Carolyn Ward, a 20-year Alaska Airlines flight attendant and lifelong resident
of  San Diego, commutes 90 minutes each way to her crew base in  Los Angeles.
"Having my crew base located right in my hometown will literally change my
life," Ward said. "I'm really looking forward to working a single roundtrip
flight in one day, which will allow me to leave in the morning and return in the
evening so that I can spend time with my family."

In addition to  San Diego, Alaska Airlines has flight attendant bases in 
Anchorage, Alaska,  Los Angeles,  Portland, Ore., and  Seattle.

"Opening a flight attendant domicile in  San Diego  demonstrates Alaska
Airlines' commitment to serve the region," said  Jeffrey Peterson, Master
Executive Council president for the Association of Flight Attendants at Alaska
Airlines. "We're thrilled to have a presence in such a beautiful location.  San
Diego  truly lives up to its nickname as 'America's Finest City.' "

By this summer, Alaska Airlines will operate 24 departures a day from  San Diego
 during the peak season. Last year, the carrier inaugurated nonstop flights to 
Fresno,  Monterey, and  Santa Rosa, Calif., and to  Orlando, Fla.Alaska  will
begin new  San Diego-Boston  service on  March 29  and flights to  Lihue, 
Kauai, on  June 7.

Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air, subsidiaries of Alaska Air Group (NYSE: ALK),
together serve more than 95 cities through an expansive network in  Alaska, the
Lower 48,  Hawaii,  Canada  and  Mexico. Alaska Airlines has ranked "Highest in
Customer Satisfaction Among Traditional Network Carriers" in the J.D. Power and
Associates North America Airline Satisfaction StudySM  for five consecutive
years from 2008 to 2012. For reservations, visit For more
news and information, visit the Alaska Airlines newsroom at

SOURCE  Alaska Air Group

Bobbie Egan, Alaska Airlines, +1-206-392-5101

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