Alaska Airlines is set to add a Brazilian element to its services in and out of the state as it expands the scheduled use of its Embraer E175s to the region for the first time.
The carrier, through its regional partner Horizon Air, plans to serve select markets in Alaska with the South American narrowbody from October this year.
Marilyn Romano, regional vice president, said: “Alaskans who have flown the E175 jet in the Lower 48 have frequently asked when they might see the plane in the state, and we're thrilled the time has come.”
The use of the E175 will complement the operator’s operation of the Boeing 737 on its mainline routes. Alaska Airlines says the Brazilian-built narrowbody is best suited for communities where larger jets are not the best option.
Romano added: “This jet gives us the flexibility to increase daily frequency between Anchorage and Fairbanks up to seven times a day, and to provide year-round service to King Salmon and Dillingham. In time, the new mix of aircraft will unlock other markets in the state for future service.”
With no middle seats, the regional jet is configured with 12 seats in first class, 12 in premium class and 52 in the main cabin.
The Alaskan carrier currently holds a fleet of 62 E175s, with an average fleet age of 2.8 years.