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Alaska Air Group Arms Start San Francisco-New Orleans Service

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Alaska Air Group Inc.’s (ALK - Free Report) subsidiaries Alaska Airlines and Virgin America have introduced a daily nonstop service between San Francisco International Airport and Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport, connecting the Bay Area.

The new route will be operated on Virgin America’s Airbus A320 family of aircrafts, featuring power outlets across the cabin, food and beverages, inspired by local chefs, besides several other modern amenities.

With this service, the carrier intends to expand its Bay Area footprint with 18 new markets. By this year-end, Alaska Airlines and Virgin America hope to grow by covering 42 destinations from the major Bay Area airports.

The carrier, like its fellow airline operators, American Airlines (AAL - Free Report) and JetBlue Airways (JBLU - Free Report) has been constantly looking to expand its operations. To this end, it recently began daily, nonstop operations from San Jose, CA to Austin, TX and Tucson, AZ. Following these additional flights, the company widens base in California, offering nonstop services to 18 destinations from Mineta San Jose International Airport.

Moreover, it introduced flights to Mexico City from San Francisco and Los Angeles last month. It further aims to launch a service from San Diego to Mexico City ahead in November.

Another airline heavyweight Delta Air Lines (DAL - Free Report) too has been following suit. Most recently, the carrier announced plans to offer customers with more continuous flights to Europe from its hubs at Los Angeles, New York-JFK, Atlanta and Detroit.

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