Alaska Airlines, Virgin America Strengthen Bay Area Route Network

Today Alaska Airlines announced over a dozen new routes from the Bay Area.  A total of 13 new routes will be added from San Francisco International Airport (SFO) and San Jose International Airport (SJC).  The announcement of these new routes follows Alaska Airlines’ merger with San Francisco-based Virgin America.  Alaska Airlines noted in a press release that with the additional routes, Alaska Airlines and Virgin America will operate a combined 125 daily nonstop flights to 42 destinations from three major Bay Area airports.

The expansion is widespread with new routes including Hawaii, the east coast, the Midwest, the Southern US, and Mexico.


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13 New Alaska Airlines, Virgin America Routes

Start DateCity PairAircraft TypeFrequency
Aug 31San Francisco to PhiladelphiaAirbus a320 FamilyDaily
Sep 21San Francisco to New OrleansAirbus a320 FamilyDaily
Sep 5San Francisco to NashvilleAirbus a320 FamilyDaily
Sep 26San Francisco to IndianapolisAirbus a320 FamilyDaily
Oct 19San Francisco to Raleigh-DurhamAirbus a320 FamilyDaily
Oct 16San Francisco to Baltimore-WashingtonAirbus a320 FamilyDaily
Dec 14San Francisco to KonaAirbus a320 FamilyDaily
Sep 18San Francisco to AlbuquerqueEmbraer 175Daily
Sep 18San Francisco to Kansas CityEmbraer 175Daily
Aug 28San Jose to AustinEmbraer 175Daily
Aug 28San Jose to TucsonEmbraer 175Daily
Sep 20San Jose to Los AngelesEmbraer 175Four Times Daily
TBD (Pending Approval)San Francisco to Mexico CityAirbus a320 FamilyTBD
(Image: Alaska Airlines)

(Image: Alaska Airlines)


Alaska Airlines Using Virgin America Aircraft

What’s especially interesting about these new routes is that Alaska Airlines decided to use Virgin America Airbus a320s and a319s for many of these routes.  Anytime the aircraft type is “Airbus a320 Family” in the chart above; the aircraft is operated by Virgin America.Historically, Alaska Airlines operated an all-Boeing fleet.  There has been a lot of speculation regarding what Alaska Airlines was planning to do with Virgin America’s fleet of Airbuses.  For now, Alaska Airlines is planning to keep them and operate them on a variety of routes.

Historically, Alaska Airlines operated an all-Boeing fleet.  There has been a lot of speculation regarding what Alaska Airlines was planning to do with Virgin America’s fleet of Airbuses.  For now, Alaska Airlines is planning to keep them and operate them on a variety of routes.

Virgin America Airbus a320

Virgin America Airbus a320

Additionally, this shows that Alaska Airlines is truly working towards west coast growth.  When Alaska Airlines and Virgin America announced their merger, Alaska Airlines stated that the two airlines’ goal was to build the “West Coast’s premiere airline.”

Andrew Harrison, executive vice president and chief commercial officer at Alaska Airlines, said the following in a press release.

“The 10 new San Francisco routes and three new San Jose routes offer something for both the leisure and business traveler, including exciting destinations like New Orleans, Baltimore, Austin and Kona, Hawaii.  Our strategy is to use the same philosophy that’s worked well for us in our Pacific Northwest hubs, which is to offer convenient, nonstop flights to the places guests fly to most. And if your itinerary requires travel overseas, our 10 global airline partners offer 137 international departures a week from the Bay Area.”

You can read the full press release here.

What do you think about these new routes?