Three months after its acquisition of Virgin America, Alaska Airlines announced that it would increase its Bay Area footprint, adding 13 new nonstop markets from the area to include Kansas City from San Francisco International Airport. The routes marked the single largest new market announcement in Alaska Airlines history. A few days later, Alaska announced the addition of six nonstop routes from San Diego International Airport, and Kansas City again was included.
On September 18 Alaska Airlines will begin once-daily nonstop service from Kansas City International Airport to San Francisco and San Diego on December 15. Both new routes will be served by 76-seat Embraer E175 jets, which feature 12 seats in first class, 12 seats in premium class and 52 seats in the main cabin. The E175 boasts cabin dimensions on par with a narrow-body jet. The new service brings the total Alaska nonstop markets from Kansas City to four. More information can be found on the Alaska Airlines web site.
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