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News Article - February 11, 2008

ALASKA AIRLINES TO FLY TO PHL?  
Alaska Airlines has initiated flights to five East Coast destinations since 2001. Might Philadelphia be next? Steve Danishek, president of TMA Inc., a corporate travel agency based in Seattle, said an Alaska Airlines marketing person recently told him that the next 737 the company receives from Boeing is destined to go into service to Philadelphia, rather than to Hawaii as Danishek had supposed. If so, it would round out the East Coast cities the airline already flies to: Boston, Miami, Newark, Orlando, and Washington, D.C. Alaska Airlines spokesman Paul McElroy declined to comment on the report, saying only that Alaska is "evaluating new routes all the time." Danishek said Philadelphia could be a natural for a next flight, because it's a business hub, which tends to yield more expensive tickets than holiday destinations. Another possibility, Atlanta, is already served by Delta. Right now, US Airways flies the only nonstop flight to Philadelphia from Seattle, leaving once a day.

  

Source - Puget Sound Business Journal



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