Alaska Airlines takes flight with a new service

HONOLULU (KHNL) - Alaska Airlines began its service from the Pacific Northwest to Maui, Thursday. The inaugural flight from Seattle to Kahului was full with 157 passengers.

The flight departed from Seattle Tacoma International airport at 8:20am Pacific time and arrived at Kahului airport at 11:35am Hawaiian time.

"Our customers have welcomed our new Hawaii service with open arms, " said Gregg Saretsky, executive vice president of flight and marketing Alaska Airlines,

Passengers aboard the Boeing 737-800 were offered complimentary Mauna Loa macadamia nuts and a choice of a mai tai or POG juice.

The airline plans on continuing to offer Hawaiian themed beverages and a $5 dollar optional meal service for all of its flights to the islands.

"In addition to Kauai and Honolulu, which we began serving last winter, customers now can enjoy Alaska's unique brand of service and earn Mileage Plan miles to the beautiful island of Maui, " said Saretsky.

Alaska Airlines daily year round service from Seattle to Kahului, Maui accomodates 16 first class passengers and 141 in the main cabin.

In addition to the Seattle to Maui flights, the airline will also begin flying three times a week between Anchorage, Alaska and Maui starting, October, 31 through April, 25, 2009.

Year round service between Seattle and Kona on the Big Island will also be starting up in November of this year.