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Flying the skies: major airlines are abundant in Alaska, serving major cities statewide and worldwide.

Getting from here to there via Alaska skies has never been so easy, now with a wide selection of world-class airlines from which to choose your travel. Airline companies transiting to, from and via Alaska, connect the state's primary communities to locales ranging from Houston to Hong Kong Hong Kong (hŏng kŏng), Mandarin Xianggang, special administrative region of China, formerly a British crown colony (2005 est. pop. 6,899,000), land area 422 sq mi (1,092 sq km), adjacent to Guangdong prov.  to Russia's oil-industry hub, Sakhalin Island Sakhalin Island

Island, extreme eastern Russia. Together with the Kuril Islands, it forms an administrative region of Russia. It is 589 mi (948 km) long and a maximum of 100 mi (160 km) wide; it covers 29,500 sq mi (76,400 sq km).

While long-time, local Alaska standbys like PenAir and Era Aviation tie together the internal transportation network, the state is host to a variety of large-scale, external commercial airlines that link Great Lake cities to population centers around the world. These include such familiar names as Air Canada, namesake Alaska Airlines Alaska Airlines, (NYSE: ALK) is an airline based in Seattle, Washington, United States. It operates hubs at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport, Los Angeles International Airport, and Portland International Airport. , America West, American Airlines American Airlines

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, Delta Airlines, China Airlines, Continental Airlines, Frontier Airlines This article is about Frontier Airlines that was founded in 1994. For the company known as Frontier Airlines from 1950 to 1986, see Frontier Airlines (1950-1986).

For the similarly named Frontier Flying Service see Frontier Flying Service.
, Northwest Airlines, Japan Airlines, Sun Country, United Airlines ... and several others.


Within the hallways of the north and south terminals at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (IATA: ANC, ICAO: PANC, FAA LID: ANC)[2] is the major airport in the United States state of Alaska located 4 miles (6 km) southwest of downtown Anchorage. , the concourses are progressively busier with the hubbub of arriving and departing traffic. Flights are landing and taking off to international and domestic population centers around the globe, with a bevy bevy

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 of airlines keen to offer air transportation via the northern Alaska city of Anchorage, already a critical fuel and cargo stop. Airlines offering Anchorage service include the following growing list of passenger carriers, among others, according to according to
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 company Web sites and published timetables. In the increasingly streamlined and consolidated world of transportation alliances, note that many carriers operate via code-share and alliance flights with partner airlines. The listing below is not intended as a an official list of all airlines serving the Ted Stevens-Anchorage International Airport, but more a sampling from which to understand the breadth of passenger service available to and from Alaska's largest city.

* Air Canada-Based out of Montreal Of Montreal is an American indie pop band formed in Athens, Georgia, fronted by Kevin Barnes. It was among the second wave of groups to emerge from The Elephant 6 Recording Company.  and known as Canada's largest full-service domestic and international airline, Air Canada connects Anchorage to Seattle and Vancouver with nonstop, daily flights.

* Alaska Airlines-Long considered a primary carrier to and from the Great Land via many U.S. cities, Alaska Airlines serves Anchorage daily with flights from Seattle and the Alaska Panhandle The Alaska Panhandle, sometimes referred to as Southeast Alaska, is the southeastern portion of the coast of the U.S. state of Alaska, which lies just west of the northern half of the Canadian province of British Columbia. . Lately spreading farther and more frequently into the southern market of Mexico, Alaska Airlines nonetheless remains a backbone carrier in Alaska skies, with dozens of nonstop flights daily to Alaska cities.

* America West-Last summer, the Phoenix-based low-cost airline opened nonstop service between Las Vegas Las Vegas (läs vā`gəs), city (1990 pop. 258,295), seat of Clark co., S Nev.; inc. 1911. It is the largest city in Nevada and the center of one of the fastest-growing urban areas in the United States.  and Anchorage, falling one year after America West had created its popular Phoenix-Anchorage route. "Our new nonstop, daylight flight between Anchorage and Las Vegas is a perfect complement to our Phoenix service ...," said Dion Flannery, vice president, scheduling and route planning, at the time of the route opening. "Additionally, our customers in Las Vegas can conveniently head north and escape the summer heat as they enjoy our full-service amenities and everyday low fares." The airline opened the route with its 124-seat Airbus 319 (A319) aircraft.

* American Airlines-A code-share partner with Alaska Airlines, Texas-based American Airlines, a traditional cornerstone carrier among the large, U.S. airlines, serves Anchorage with available flights to Lower 48 cities, including Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Long Beach, Los Angeles Los Angeles (lôs ăn`jələs, lŏs, ăn`jəlēz'), city (1990 pop. 3,485,398), seat of Los Angeles co., S Calif.; inc. 1850. , Newark, Palm Springs, San Diego, San Francisco and Seattle, according to company route information. Many of those destinations are served seasonally. The American Airlines suite of companies bills itself as the world's largest airline. "American, American Eagle and the AmericanConnection[R] airlines serve 250 cities in more than 40 countries with more than 3,900 daily flights. The combined network fleet numbers more than 1,000 aircraft," according to company information.

* Delta Airlines-Atlanta-based Delta Airlines offers service from Anchorage to Atlanta, Cincinnati, Dallas, Denver, Los Angeles, Orlando, Portland, Salt Lake City and Seattle.

* China Airlines-Founded in 1959, China Airlines has 9,900 employees, 66 aircraft, and flies to 23 countries and 60 city destinations, including Anchorage. The airline operates a flight from Taipei to Anchorage, with connections on to New York City New York City: see New York, city.
New York City

City (pop., 2000: 8,008,278), southeastern New York, at the mouth of the Hudson River. The largest city in the U.S.

* Continental Airlines-The now Texas-based carrier started in 1934 in the Southwest with a single-engine aircraft, according to company information, and now serves the Great Land with seasonal, nonstop service to Detroit from Anchorage, as well as regular service to popular Lower 48 cities like Minneapolis-St. Paul, Houston, New York/Newark, Portland and Seattle.

* Frontier Airlines-Based in Denver, Colo., Frontier Airlines has expanded in recent years from a regional airline to now cornering a significant share of interest in North American North American

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 cities. "We began service on July 5, 1994, with 180 employees and two Boeing 737200s on routes between Denver, Colo., and Bismarck, Fargo, Grand Forks and Minot, North Dakota
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," the company Web site reports. "Since then we've grown to be the second-largest carrier out of Denver International Airport This article is about Denver International Airport. For other uses, see KDEN (disambiguation).

Denver International Airport (IATA: DEN, ICAO: KDEN, FAA LID: DEN), often called DIA
, with an average of 250 daily system-wide departures and arrivals. These serve 24 of the top 25 destinations out of Denver. Our team now numbers around 4,800 Frontier employees in cities throughout North America." Frontier Airlines serves the Alaska city of Anchorage with daily 5.25-hour flights from Denver.

* Northwest Airlines-Founded in 1926, flying airmail airmail, transport of mail by airplanes. Demonstration flights that showed the feasibility of carrying mail by air were made in Great Britain and in the United States in 1911.  from Minneapolis-St. Paul to Chicago via two rented, open-cockpit biplanes, Northwest Airlines has a considerable history serving Alaska's largest city. As early as 1995, Northwest and Alaska Airlines entered into a marketing and code-share agreement that would later be expanded to include the Russian Far East Russian Far East, formerly Soviet Far East, federal district (1989 est. pop. 7,941,000), c.2,400,000 sq mi (6,216,000 sq km), encompassing the entire northeast coast of Asia and including the Sakha Republic, Maritime Territory (Primorsky Kray), . Northwest Airlines currently serves Anchorage with a variety of flights to Lower 48 cities, including Minneapolis-St. Paul, Portland, Seattle, Los Angeles, San Francisco and others.

* Sun Country Airlines-With corporate headquarters in Mendota Heights, Minn., Sun Country Airlines connects Anchorage and Minneapolis a typical five days per week.

* United Airlines-Via its "friendly skies," United Airlines offers services between Anchorage and cities like Denver, Boston, Chicago, Seattle, San Francisco, New York New York, state, United States
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, and Vancouver, B.C., with most nonstop service.


As with Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport, the Fairbanks International Airport Fairbanks International Airport (IATA: FAI, ICAO: PAFA, FAA LID: FAI) is a state-owned public-use airport located three miles (5 km) southwest of the central business district of Fairbanks, a city in the Fairbanks North Star Borough of the U.S.  is owned and operated by the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities. The Fairbanks International Airport saw 7,374 jet landings during fiscal year 2005 with 464,000-plus passengers deplaning, according to the airport's comparative statistical report.

The airport has seen two major spurts of growth, according to state analysts, first during the trans-Alaska oil pipeline construction and later as the site's potential as a strategic fuel and cargo logistical center was realized by many international carriers. In addition to serving as the hub for passenger traffic into the oil fields and Interior, Fairbanks is attracting a growing share of the tourism market, as well. As a result, travelers are finding more and more options for flying into and out of the northern city.

In addition to a fleet of local, regional operators, Fairbanks International Airport is served by several of the heavy-hitter national passenger carriers, including daily Alaska Airlines service connecting the city to Anchorage, Seattle and connections beyond, like Portland and Los Angeles; daily service to Minneapolis via Northwest Airlines; and daily service to Salt Lake City with Delta Airlines.


Alaska Airlines offers Juneau access to its variety of alliance and code-share partners, with several daily flights linking the capital city to the Lower 48 and other Alaska cities. This includes seven daily flights to Seattle, according to the company's current timetable.

Alaska Airlines further serves the length of Southeast, including regular north-south flights to Petersburg, Sitka, Wrangell and Ketchikan.
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Date:Sep 1, 2006
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