A Place for All Alaskans
Alaskans have particularly unique travel needs – from flying in and out of remote communities, to bringing grocery hauls back from Anchorage or traveling with gear for a hunting trip. We know Alaska is different because it’s where we grew up. In 2011, we launched Club 49 as a way of recognizing those differences and to say thanks to the people who we owe so much of our growth and success to. Through Club 49, we’re able to provide Alaskans with Travel Now discounts, Two Free Checked Bags, Weekly Fare Sales and Freight for Less. It’s a place for all Alaskans, and it just makes sense.
What’s in a name?
For us, everything. Our name reflects our home and the people we care so much about. But we weren’t always Alaska Airlines. The plane that started it all bore the name McGee Airways, named after its pilot Linious “Mac” McGee. McGee was a fur trader, who bought his first Stinson to help with that endeavor. Little did he know, McGee Airways would grow into one of the country’s leading airlines. After a series of mergers, the Alaska Airlines name was born in 1944, we’ve worn it proudly ever since.
Alaska is our home, and we’ve spent 90 years becoming the best airline for Alaskans – through challenging weather, long distances and unique freight needs. In the coming months, we’ll be sharing memoires of our past and looking ahead to our future together. Check back here throughout the year for highlights from our history and a glimpse at where we’re headed.
Growing Up Together.
We are who we are because our roots are deep in service to Alaska. From our early days of a single plane flying out of Anchorage to today’s international airline, we’ve spent the last 90 years growing to meet the evolving needs of Alaskans. Thanks to our more than 1,800 Alaska-based employees setting the highest standards of customer care, we’re definitely not done yet.