Review of Alaska Airlines flight Anchorage Seattle in First

Airline Alaska Airlines
Flight AS 80
Class First
Seat 02A
Aircraft Boeing 737-800
Flight time 03:10
Take-off 11 Jan 15, 10:40
Arrival at 11 Jan 15, 14:50
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Esteban
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Published on 15th January 2015
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Next leg of my January trip, with the flight between Anchorage and Seattle. As soon as we landed in ANC we headed to the Alaska Airlines Board Room that we know pretty well after the 5H layover we had there a week ago.

One can make its pancakes, what we did. They are quite good.

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The lounge is pretty empty this Sunday morning:

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Excellent Wi-Fi that works fast and well.

Our plane is already here, we'll get the retro-livery that KévinDC already took.



The Dash that brought us from FAI is leaving for FAI again:



A bit of spotting, ANC is a freight hub, as seen from the pictures:



Close call on the retro logo:

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Boarding screen:

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The seat is similar to the ones of the 739ER, but no sky interior aboard this 738.



Water is already set on the seats, I usually do not make lots of difference between waters, but that one was very good

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Safety card, hold by Mom:



Our neighbor:



I had a good laugh with my Mom at that point, as I opened the cocktail table. I left it open at a mid-vertical position and she stared at it wondering what it was. I put the water bottle against it and explained that Alaskan water is best if the bottle stay in that position :)



Seat pitch:

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On time push back, de-icing and a bit of spotting:



After take-off some nice exterior shoots, with a military plane below us:



DigEplayer time:

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Recline:

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Bailey's to start:



More exterior shoots:



And then, the letdown of the flight, as the catering was the same as for the way to Anchorage. Yes, it was good, but twice the same meal, the same week, that's a pity.

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At the end of the meal, a luke warm, soaked thing is handed out:

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Arrival onto Seattle with Boeing Field:



Now, time for the second part of the bonus. First I start with the Trans-Alaskan Pipeline, which is a technological wonder. The pipeline is not underground as there is permafrost in this region. It would have heated the ground around and began to make the permafrost melt, that would have resulted in the pipeline moving and eventually breaking. It is, thus, almost over ground and in order to make the heat dissipate better, there are some heat repartitions installed on top of each section.



Happy family on holidays:

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The city of North Pole, nothing special, but famous as it is home of Santa Claus, and the candy city lights:



Some sunrises at around 03:00PM (in January sun sets at around 10:45AM, the day is quite short!)



The start of an aurora borealis, which, unfortunately never really made it past its start. So no better pictures :(

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Chena Hot Springs ice museum, cocktails are served in ice glasses. Quite funny!



Another northern light display but on a very cloudy sky. It was only active for a few minutes, so the pictures are not really nice. The last picture is not an aurora but Fairbanks city lights in distance.


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Verdict

Alaska Airlines

7.5/10
Cabin8.0
Cabin crew10.0
Entertainment9.0
Meal/catering3.0

Alaska Airlines Board Room

9.2/10
Comfort9.0
Meal/catering9.0
Entertainment10.0
Services9.0

Anchorage - ANC

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

Seattle - SEA

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

Conclusion

The seats are comfy, the crew was really great and did a superb job, as always with Alaska. It seems their crews are really proud to work for AS, and this reflects on the quality of service.

The food was good, but it was a sandwich, and the same as the week before. Wi-Fi was available, DigEplayer is great, but no moving map which is a pain on longer flights.

Early departure, early arrival, lounges were great, nothing more to say :)

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4 Comments

  • Comment 127026 by
    jetsetpanda 2177 Comments

    And the adventure continues...thanks for sharing this amazing trip of a lifetime with superb pics and bonus.

    Too bad about the catering letdown on AS. I guess on routes to Alaska they do not have to be very competitive since they have a large share of the market. It will be interesting to see what will happen to this airline in the future, as DL tries to take more of its market share @ SEA. AS does not belong to any alliance and in a way can provide the best of two worlds since it partners with both Oneworld and Skyteam carriers, not to mention EK for award redemptions.

  • Comment 127032 by
    marathon 7837 Comments

    That vintage livery is great. Close call on the logo... I hope it was a close up, rather :)
    Thanks for sharing !

  • Comment 127406 by
    KévinDC TEAM 3949 Comments

    OK, I'm super late reading up on FRs...Yay, you got to fly the retro livery too! It's so pretty! Did I tell you Julien got me the 1/200 model for Xmas? The seats in F look really comfy with much more padding than the slimline seats most airlines are switching to now. A sandwich is disappointing in F and I feel your pain about no moving map...I'm addicted to the air show, LOL. Some beautiful colors while flying over the Alaskan mountains! Nice exotic bonus pics at the end. Thanks for sharing.

  • Comment 127418 by
    Esteban AUTHOR 3097 Comments

    Thanks guys for your comments.

    Yes Kévin you told me about the 1/200 model, that is a lovely Christmas Gift!!

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