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New Route of the Day – Americas (13 June 2024): Alaska Airlines between New York JFK and Anchorage


Alaska Airlines inaugurated a new seasonal service between New York JFK and Anchorage in Alaska on Thursday 13 June. The 5,450-kilometre route will be maintained daily until 19 August with the 737 MAX 8 aircraft.  The carrier faces no competition between the two cities.

Flight AS615 takes off from New York JFK at 09:45 local time, arriving in Anchorage at 13:30 local time. The return service, operating as flight AS607, is wheels up from the Alaskan city at 20:00 local time, touching back down in the Big Apple at 07:05 local time the following morning.

What they said

Marilyn Romano, Regional Vice President of Alaska at Alaska Airlines, said: “Our new service to New York JFK is a perfect addition to our flight schedule for Alaskans wanting some adventure in one of the world’s most dynamic cities, and for New Yorkers eager for new experiences in our great state.”

Jillian Simpson, president and CEO of the Alaska Travel Industry Association, added: “We’re eager to welcome guests to our great state from the city that never sleeps to the land of the midnight sun on Alaska’s new nonstop flight. Summer is an incredible time to visit Alaska with our warm, long days. There’s so much to do in Anchorage and in the smaller towns nearby, mapping out your itinerary might be the toughest thing you do before heading west.”

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Alaska Airlines’ longest route

The new service between New York JFK and Anchorage becomes the airline’s longest. At 5,450 kilometres, the flight time on the outbound service clocks to 7 hours and 45 minutes. The inbound flight is somewhat shorter at 7 hours and 5 minutes.

Alaska Airlines boasts the largest network out of Anchorage, serving 14 cities during S24 in the lower 48 and Hawaii. Destinations include Chicago ORD, Denver, Everett, Honolulu, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Minneapolis, Phoenix, Portland, Salt Lake City, San Diego, San Francisco, and Seattle, in addition to New York JFK.

During the height of S24, Alaska Airlines has just over 66,000 departing seats per week out of Anchorage, or a 64% share of total capacity. It is followed by Delta, United, and American.

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