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Alaska Begins Service Between Seattle and Chicago

Alaska Airlines begins service today between Seattle and Chicago's O'Hare International Airport.

The carrier will operate two flights daily in each direction using Boeing 737 aircraft.

Eastbound Flight 20 departs Seattle at 8:45 a.m. and arrives in Chicago at 2:42 p.m. Flight 22 departs Seattle at 4:00 p.m. and arrives in Chicago at 9:42 p.m.

Westbound Flight 21 departs Chicago at 8:15 a.m. and arrives in Seattle at 10:37 a.m. Flight 23 departs Chicago at 3:50 p.m. and arrives in Seattle at 6:23 p.m.

"Advance bookings even prior to today's first flight indicate that this new Seattle-Chicago route is very popular with our existing customer base," said Gregg Saretsky, executive vice president of marketing and planning. "Similarly, now that we're finally underway, we look forward to acquainting Chicago-area passengers traveling to Seattle and throughout the Pacific Northwest with Alaska's special brand of award-winning customer service."

Saretsky said that Alaska's flights to and from the Windy City are timed for easy connections to and from Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air points throughout the Pacific Northwest, Canada and Alaska. In addition, eastbound travelers will have access to 68 cities beyond Chicago through Alaska's codeshare partnership with American Airlines.

An added customer service on all flights to and from Chicago is Alaska's digEplayer inflight entertainment system. The state-of-the-art system gives Alaska's customers the choice of up to 20 full length features, including first run movies, television shows, music and destination information.

The nation's ninth largest carrier, Alaska Airlines serves 53 cities in Alaska, the Lower 48, Canada and Mexico. In a recent annual survey on customer service, Wichita State University and the University of Nebraska-Omaha rated Alaska Airlines as one of the nation's two best airlines for the fourth year in a row and for the fifth time in the past six years. Renowned as an innovator in the air and on the ground, Alaska last year was named Technology Leader of the Year by Air Transport World Magazine. For more information, visit the Alaska Airlines Newsroom at .

SOURCE: Alaska Airlines

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