Review of Alaska Airlines flight Fairbanks Seattle in Domestic First

Airline Alaska Airlines
Flight AS 118
Seat 02F
Aircraft Boeing 737-700
Flight time 03:30
Take-off 14 Feb 14, 08:50
Arrival at 14 Feb 14, 13:20
AS   #30 out of 121 Airlines A minimum of 10 flight-reports within the past two years is required to appear in the rankings. 67 reviews
Esteban
By GOLD 3619
Published on 2nd April 2014


After a wonderful time in Alaska, it is already time to go back to France. At that point of time, I must say that I was very sad. I loved every moment in Alaska… People are friendly and welcoming, the landscape is amazing, the temperature was terrible ;)

That's the Fairbanks airport, lovely wooden floor, very nice little airport:

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Morning's departure board, not that busy:

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There is a flight for Prudhoe Bay, top north of the Dalton Highway. That's the place where most of America's oil is extracted and the start point of the trans-alaskan pipeline. Should you once wish to see the Arctic Ocean from there, forget it, you can't access to the bay, as there is a check point leading to it because of the oil fields. However, if you register to special tours, access can be granted, but no walk in allowed. Barrow is a better option, easily reachable by plane, and … via Prudhoe Bay ;)

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Next to us:

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Dawn is coming over this B1900D from ERA Aviation, a local company operating intra Alaska flights:

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My plane is arriving from Anchorage with a light load of 10 pax. Meaning landing, offboarding, boarding ;)

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I managed to board first in order to take some cabin shoots, but a guy was already seated at the seat next to mine, speaking with a lady seated at the seat on the opposite of the row. How did they manage to board before me? I learnt short after that he is Fairbanks'major with his assistant, and they boarding via tarmac.



Legroom and welcome water:

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Plane next to us:

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Safety card 737-700 :



A welcome coffee will be offered as well:

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Alaska Air Alaska's network:

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Push back on time and we see the japanese coach arriving :)

In fact, FAI is an international airport, with year round connections to Japan, and summer only to Germany with Condor.

That's a part of the interesting Everts Air Cargo fleet, with, among others, DC6, Curtis C46, DC9 and other old stuff:



As the sun is rising, we are taking off:

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Beautiful views of the airport and the frozen Chena River:



Digiplayers, as for the inbound flight:

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A first coffee round for everyone, with … savoury snacks. What a strange idea, at least for Europeans, at 08:50a!!

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A very good breakfast plate, plated in the galley, and seconds for people asking more:

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A visit to the lavatory after the b'fast:

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The cabin carpeted wall:

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And a baileys with some snacks… What else:

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Soon enough we start our descent towards SEA, with nice views of the city:



And some ground spotting to finish:



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Verdict

Alaska Airlines

8.9/10
Cabin8.0
Cabin crew9.0
Entertainment/wifi9.5
Meal/catering9.0

Fairbanks - FAI

10.0/10
Efficiency10.0
Access10.0
Services10.0
Cleanliness10.0

Seattle - SEA

9.6/10
Efficiency8.5
Access10.0
Services10.0
Cleanliness10.0

Conclusion

AS has a good hard product. However the F seat begins to show its age and would need to be changed soon, in comparison with the new 739ER.

Information on the route Fairbanks (FAI) Seattle (SEA)

The contributors of Flight-Report published 4 reviews of 3 airlines on the route Fairbanks (FAI) → Seattle (SEA).


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The airline with the best average rating is Delta Air Lines with 7.3/10.

The average flight time is 3 hours and 46 minutes.

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