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ALASKA AIRLINES CONNECTS CHARLESTON, S.C., AND SEATTLE, WA, WITH NEW DIRECT, NON-STOP SERVICE Flights

For Immediate Release, April 2015


ALASKA AIRLINES CONNECTS CHARLESTON, S.C., AND SEATTLE, WA, WITH NEW DIRECT, NON-STOP SERVICE

Flights Begin this November, Introductory Fares Starting at $139*

April 28, 2015 (CHARLESTON, S.C.) - Charleston's growing air service reached a milestone today with the announcement that Alaska Airlines is adding direct, non-stop transcontinental flights between Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and Charleston International Airports starting November 16.

"We're invading the Southeast from Seattle with new non-stop service to three top destination and business centers," said John Kirby, vice president of capacity planning with Alaska Airlines. "Charleston has been named the Top U.S. City by Conde Nast Traveler four years in a row, and the Boeing Company's investment has served as a catalyst for economic growth and increased business synergies between Charleston and Seattle."

Seattle-based Alaska Airlines is the seventh largest U.S. air carrier in passenger volume. In addition to the new Charleston service, Alaska Airlines is launching nonstop service from its Seattle hub to Nashville, Tennessee, and Raleigh/Durham, North Carolina.

"Thanks to Alaska Airlines, Charleston is rolling out the welcome mat for visitors from the Pacific Northwest," says Dan Blumenstock, Chairman of the Charleston Area Convention & Visitors Bureau. "The introduction of non-stop transcontinental air service between Charleston and the West Coast is an exciting and significant development for our hospitality industry as we now have easy access from the highly populated Portland-Seattle-Vancouver corridor."

Introductory one-way fares starting at $139* to Charleston are on sale today at www.alaskaair.com. Tickets must be purchased by May 4, 2015 and travel completed by Dec. 19, 2015.

Fuel-efficient Next Generation 737 aircraft will operate the flights to Charleston. Onboard, passengers will have an opportunity to enjoy an inflight menu created by Seattle chef Tom

Douglas, a three-time James Beard Award-winner. "Great food is a part of every adventure, " according to Alaska Airlines. "Whether you are a
true foodie explorer, or just like your favorite comfort foods prepared in a new way, there will be something to savor on your flight."

Inbound passengers to Charleston will have a chance to savor Southern flavor while en route thanks to Alaska Airlines' biscuits and gravy breakfast option. Meanwhile, flights from Seattle are scheduled to arrive in Charleston at 4:50 pm.-just in time to enjoy dinner at one
of the Charleston area's many acclaimed restaurants.

"The Boeing Company continues to make a profound impact on the Charleston community, " says Helen Hill, Executive Director of the Charleston Area Convention & Visitors Bureau.

"Boeing has not only been vitally important to the our hospitality industry but it has also created positive impact by its generosity with organizations like the MUSC Children's Hospital. Today is yet another day to celebrate the positive ripple effects credited to Boeing. "

Alaska Airlines' route system spans more than 92 cities in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. The airline also has codeshare agreements with British Airways, LAN Airlines, American Airlines, Air France, Korean Air, and Delta Air Lines.

Start date City pair Departs Arrives Frequency

Nov 16 Seattle-Charleston 8:30 a.m. 4:50 p.m. Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun

Nov 16 Charleston-Seattle 5:50 p.m. 9:10 p.m. Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun

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