MISSOULA — Alaska Airlines has announced plans to increase the capacity of popular early morning and mid-afternoon flights from Montana to Washington state.
Alaska Airlines flights from Missoula to Seattle are expected to increase to a 119-seat Airbus, a mainline aircraft, the Missoulian reported Thursday. The larger aircraft will start landing in Missoula May 21 and the upgraded flights would take off at 6 a.m. and 2:50 p.m., officials said.
Those flights previously used a 76-seat regional jet that will continue to be used on three other daily flights, officials said.
The Airbus provides first- and premium-class seating and extra leg room to passengers, airline officials said.
An Airbus will also be used for one round trip flight each between Billings and Seattle and Bozeman and Seattle, Alaska Airlines officials said.
The airline inherited 67 Airbuses when it acquired Virgin America in 2016 allowing it to expand into more distant markets beyond its traditional west-coast base, officials said.
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