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Updates at Alaska Airlines

The airline based in Seattle, Washington, welcomes new daily route and personnel appointments

By Amanda Christensen

Over the last few weeks, Alaska Airlines based in Seattle, Washington, welcomed new daily routes and internal employment appointments to continue its focus on company growth—the former of which event planners can appreciate if they are hosting events in either Oregon or Louisiana early next year.

In mid-June, the airline announced a new nonstop flight from Portland, Oregon, to New Orleans, Louisiana, beginning January next year. Tickets became available for purchase on June 19. “As the largest carrier in Portland for more than 20 years, it’s important we continue to expand the nonstop destinations we offer our guests and give them choices when planning their next trip,” says Kirsten Amrine, vice president of revenue management and network planning at Alaska Airlines, in a prepared statement. “We can’t wait to offer another convenient way to connect our guests along the West Coast to New Orleans, a city rich in history and culture.”

The Big Easy will be Alaska Airlines’ 55th nonstop destination from Portland International Airport when service begins in January.

Row of Alaska Airlines aircraft at sunset. June 19, 2024
Row of Alaska Airlines aircraft at sunset at Portland International Airport || Photo by Eric BVD, courtesy of Adobe

The airline has also made three notable employment appointments to pivotal roles within the company focused on a commitment to safety, operational growth, and strong leadership. Justin Neff was named vice president of strategic sourcing and supply chain management for Alaska Airlines, previously serving as president of the airline’s subsidiary McGee Air Services.

Ann Ardizzone was named vice president of special projects at Alaska Airlines. She has been with the airline since 1981, serving an array of roles in finance, marketing, and supply chain. Just last year, she was named an Alaska Airlines Legend for her dedication and service to the company, the highest honor an employee can achieve.

Lastly, Jeff Helfrick was appointed president of McGee Air Services, where he will oversee some 2,000 employees at the Alaska Airlines subsidiary, managing ground services across eight airports. McGee provides aircraft management and aviation services across the country, focused on ground handling, aircraft cleaning, airport mobility, and check-in/gate services.