airline industry http://www.kplu.org en Best Seattle-area stock since 2008? (Surprise, it’s not Amazon) http://www.kplu.org/post/best-seattle-area-stock-2008-surprise-it-s-not-amazon <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Sure, Amazon shares have done well over the past five years—up about 245 percent. And people fortunate enough to have bought Starbucks stock in March 2008 have seen their shares climb about 200 percent.</span></p><p>But the real standout stock in the Seattle area is Alaska Air Group. The shares have climbed more than 500 percent in the past five years. Mon, 01 Apr 2013 12:00:00 +0000 Ashley Gross 8192 at http://www.kplu.org Best Seattle-area stock since 2008? (Surprise, it’s not Amazon) Regional airlines intend to keep flying if control towers close http://www.kplu.org/post/regional-airlines-intend-keep-flying-if-control-towers-close <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2013/03/030113TB_Airports_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a> <P>According to an airport industry association, control towers at 14 small to medium sized airports around the Northwest will close on April 1 in response to automatic federal budget cuts: Four in Idaho and five each in Oregon and Washington. But regional airlines intend to keep flying to those cities they now serve.</P> <P>The Federal Aviation Administration pays a government contractor called Serco to staff the control towers at smaller Western airports. Sat, 02 Mar 2013 01:10:00 +0000 Tom Banse 7894 at http://www.kplu.org Regional airlines intend to keep flying if control towers close FAA approves commericial flights for Paine Field http://www.kplu.org/post/faa-approves-commericial-flights-paine-field <p>Vacationers wanting to fly from the Seattle area to destinations such as Hawaii and Phoenix may soon have another option. The Federal Aviation Administration<a href="http://www.painefield.com/eafr/FONSI-ROD_incl_appendix_a_b.pdf"> has approved</a> commercial flights out of Paine Field, near Everett. It’s a proposal that’s been in the works for years.</p> Wed, 05 Dec 2012 00:26:46 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 7285 at http://www.kplu.org Significant flight delays for Alaska Airlines http://www.kplu.org/post/significant-flight-delays-alaska-airlines <p></p><p>Company officials say a computer problem is causing significant delays for all Alaska Airlines flights.</p><p> Mon, 08 Oct 2012 16:37:48 +0000 The Associated Press 6631 at http://www.kplu.org Significant flight delays for Alaska Airlines Computer troubles freeze United Airlines' system, bringing a cascade of delays http://www.kplu.org/post/computer-troubles-freeze-united-airlines-system-bringing-cascade-delays Many travelers using United Airlines faced delays Tuesday, but they weren't connected to Hurricane Isaac. Instead, the airline's computer network crashed, leaving large parts of its system paralyzed Tuesday afternoon.<p>First noted around 2:15 p.m. EDT, the problems persisted until about 6:30 p.m. Tue, 28 Aug 2012 23:02:47 +0000 Bill Chappell 6119 at http://www.kplu.org Computer troubles freeze United Airlines' system, bringing a cascade of delays Alaska Airlines tries do-it-yourself luggage tagging http://www.kplu.org/post/alaska-airlines-tries-do-it-yourself-luggage-tagging Alaska Airlines is trying out a new luggage-tagging system at SeaTac Airport. It relies on customers using new kiosks to weigh their own bags and print out and attach labels.<p>Travelers still must drop off luggage with agents and show I.D. But airline spokeswoman Bobbie Egan says the change should save some time. Mon, 28 May 2012 15:39:29 +0000 Ed Schoenfeld 5119 at http://www.kplu.org Alaska Airlines tries do-it-yourself luggage tagging Prayers are fine, but Alaska Airlines retiring meal tray prayer cards http://www.kplu.org/post/prayers-are-fine-alaska-airlines-retiring-meal-tray-prayer-cards <p>After 30 years of giving passengers spiritual words to reflect on while they eat their meals, Alaska Airlines is retiring the prayer cards from meal trays.</p><p> Wed, 25 Jan 2012 21:04:01 +0000 The Associated Press 3917 at http://www.kplu.org Prayers are fine, but Alaska Airlines retiring meal tray prayer cards