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As part of a new website and digital strategy, SeaPort Airlines will reopen a company blog by January 2016 directly on the company website. In the meantime, please visit http://www.seaportairlines.com or follow us on Facebook for news and announcements.

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SCHEDULED FLIGHTS TAKE OFF TO BAJA CALIFORNIA WITH SEAPORT AIRLINES’ NEW NONSTOP FLIGHT FROM SAN DIEGO TO SAN FELIPE

Regional Airline Begins Four Nonstop Roundtrip Flights per Week to Mexican State on Dec. 15

SAN FELIPE, Mexico, Nov. 19, 2014 – Baja California Tourism announces scheduled airline service from the United States to San Felipe via SeaPort Airlines, which will begin direct flights from San Diego International Airport (SAN) on Dec. 15. The service will also provide access to San Felipe from Los Angeles via a convenient connection at San Diego with SeaPort’s nonstop flights to Burbank Bob Hope Airport (BUR).

As Baja California’s only scheduled airline service, this will also be the first international destination for SeaPort Airlines, expanding upon its current network of 23 airports across nine states. The new route will initially operate four times each week on Monday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday, with a 9-passenger Cessna Caravan aircraft making one roundtrip flight per day. Flights will depart from San Diego at 9:15 a.m. and arrive in San Felipe approximately 10:35 a.m., with a return flight to San Diego departing at 11:30 a.m. and arriving at approximately 12:50 p.m.

“A San Felipe route has been in extremely high demand,” said Rob McKinney, President of SeaPort Airlines. “We’re so pleased to be the only airline to deliver this exciting new offering, and to further provide the best in commuter air service to our guests.”

Flights are available for sale at http://www.SeaPortAirlines.com or by calling 888-573-2767. Tickets may also be purchased through a travel agent or online travel agencies, such as Travelocity, Expedia, and Hipmunk. Current and future interline ticketing and baggage agreements with other U.S. carriers will give travelers from other locations across the U.S. and Canada the ability to book seamless connections through San Diego onto San Felipe. Special hotel rates will also be available for SeaPort Airlines passengers at http://www.sanfelipemarinaresort.com.mx through a partnership with the San Felipe Marina Resort.

“This is a significant milestone in improving the convenience for American travelers to visit San Felipe, and Baja California,” said Baja California State Tourism Secretary Oscar Escobedo. “With this quicker access, now even more visitors will be able to experience the coastal town’s beautiful scenery, exciting activities, and amazing cuisine.”

San Felipe is located on the eastern side of the Baja California peninsula, 130 miles south of Mexicali on Highway 5, typically about a four-hour road trip from San Diego. Known as the “gateway to the Sea of Cortez,” San Felipe draws travelers from around the world and is famous for its crystal clear waters and giant natural blue shrimp. The Sea of Cortez is ideal for kayaking, diving, swimming, and boasts some of the warmest waters in the closest proximity to Southern California. Sand dunes and the region’s rough terrain make an excellent environment for four wheel vehicles, rock climbing and off-road cycling. Nearby attractions include Puertecitos Hot Springs, and the thousand-year-old “Valley of the Giants,” a natural reserve forest featuring the world’s largest Cardon Cactus.

For more information about San Felipe and Baja California, visit discoverbajacalifornia.com.

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SeaPort Airlines Changes Service Pattern at Great Bend, KS

Nonstop service to Kansas City International Airport to replace current schedule

PORTLAND, ORE. (October 30, 2014) – SeaPort Airlines today announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation has approved an alternate service pattern for air service from Great Bend, Kansas. The new service will replace current scheduled service to Wichita Mid-Continent Airport with nonstop service to Kansas City International Airport. This service pattern will be implemented on Sunday, November 9th, and will include two daily round trip flights Monday – Friday, and one round trip flight on both Saturday and Sunday.

“Demand for Wichita flights was weak while that for our one-stop service to Kansas City has consistently been stronger. We believe that nonstop service to Kansas City will create additional connection opportunities for travelers at Great Bend,” said Rob McKinney, President of SeaPort Airlines.

Kansas City International Airport currently offers flights to 43 nonstop destinations operated by 11 airlines. The new nonstop service to Kansas City International will also connect with Alaska Airlines flights out of Kansas City to Seattle and beyond, which can be booked as a single itinerary under the SeaPort Airlines interline and e-ticketing agreement with Alaska Airlines by December 1st.

SeaPort Airlines will offer a $49 fare on every seat on every flight between Great Bend and Kansas City for a limited time to kick off the transition. To take advantage of this offer, travelers must purchase their ticket by November 20, 2014 and complete their travel by December 31,, 2014. Fare rules and restrictions apply. Sale fares can be booked on http://www.seaportairlines.com.

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Nonstop Flights Begin Between Burbank – San Diego

SeaPort Airlines begins operating scheduled flights four times daily

flySANPORTLAND, OR (October 1, 2014) – SeaPort Airlines, Inc. today inaugurated new nonstop scheduled air service between Burbank Bob Hope Airport (BUR) and San Diego International Airport (SAN).

The carrier is currently offering four roundtrips each weekday on the new route, one roundtrip on Saturday, and two roundtrips on Sunday. All flights will be operated with SeaPort’s Cessna 208 Caravan aircraft and are scheduled for 65 minutes from gate to gate.

To introduce the new service, SeaPort Airlines is offering an introductory fare of $79.00 – $89.00 each way, including taxes and fees for a limited time. The number of seats available at the introductory fare are limited. Once purchased, introductory fare tickets are non-refundable and non-changeable. Flights are available for sale today at http://www.SeaPortAirlines.com and through major online travel sites.

Schedules and fares are subject to change without notice and the most up-to-date information is always available at http://www.SeaPortAirlines.com.

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SeaPort Airlines to Launch Nonstop Flights Between Burbank and San Diego

PORTLAND, OR (July 30, 2014) – SeaPort Airlines, Inc. announced today that it will increase its presence in Southern California with the introduction of nonstop flights between Burbank Bob Hope Airport (BUR) and San Diego International Airport (SAN) beginning on October 1, 2014.

The carrier will initially offer four roundtrips each weekday on the new route, one roundtrip on Saturday, and two roundtrips on Sunday. All flights will be operated with SeaPort’s Cessna 208 Caravan aircraft and are scheduled for 65 minutes from gate to gate.

“We’ve been extremely pleased with the market response to our new service in Southern California launched nearly a year ago,” said Rob McKinney, president of SeaPort Airlines. “Since then, our customers have been asking us to offer frequent and affordable flights on important commuter routes, with service between San Diego and the Los Angeles area key among them.”

Flights on the Burbank – San Diego route will be timed to allow connections with SeaPort’s proposed new service between San Diego – San Felipe (Baja California, Mexico). Subject to receipt of necessary approvals from the United States and Mexico governments, SeaPort plans to offer four weekly roundtrips on the route beginning on or around November 1, 2014.

“We couldn’t be happier that SeaPort Airlines is bringing San Diego service back to Burbank, and we’re confident that travelers will feel the same way. Burbank-San Diego was a popular route for decades, and it is a great fit at Burbank Bob Hope Airport as well as a key enhancement to SeaPort’s presence in Southern California,” said Bob Hope Airport Executive Director Dan Feger.

“We’re excited that San Diegans will have another convenient option to access downtown Los Angeles and the Hollywood-area without the challenges of auto traffic,” said Thella F. Bowens, President/CEO of the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority. “With several roundtrip flights a day, business travelers can save time when commuting between San Diego and Burbank within the same day.”

To introduce the new service, SeaPort Airlines is offering an introductory fare of $69 each way, including taxes and fees, for travel during October. The number of seats available at the introductory fare are limited and tickets must be purchased by September 15, 2014. Once purchased, introductory fare tickets are non-refundable and non-changeable. Flights are available for sale today at http://www.SeaPortAirlines.com and through major online travel sites.

Flights schedules for the new service are shown below:

schedule BUR-SAN

SeaPort’s regular fares on the route will range between $89 and $199 each way, including taxes and fees. Schedules and fares are subject to change without notice and the most up-to-date information is always available at http://www.SeaPortAirlines.com.

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SeaPort Airlines Appoints Two Vice Presidents

PORTLAND, ORE. (July 7, 2014) – SeaPort Airlines today announced the appointment of two vice presidents to lead its finance and operations activities.

Max Griffin has joined the airline as Vice President of Operations following a 22-year career with AMR Corporation, including American Airlines and American Eagle. Most recently, Max was a pilot flying Boeing 757 and 767 aircraft on domestic and international routes. Previously, Max held a number of positions with American Eagle, the regional affiliate of American Airlines, including Director of Flight Operations and Managing Director of Recruitment.

Earlier in his career, Max worked for Piedmont Commuter/US Air Express, King School of Aeronautics, and Morris, Temple & Company Insurance. Max has over 11,000 hours flight time experience and holds type ratings in Boeing 757/767, Airbus A300, McDonnell Douglas MD-80, Saab 340, and Jetstream 31.

Max is a member of the National Gay Pilots Association (NGPA), GLEAM, and several other aviation organizations. Throughout his career he has visited over 30 countries and his hobbies include photography and art. Max and his partner are in the process of relocating to Portland, Oregon.

Gregory Smith has joined the company as Vice President of Finance. Greg was previously Controller of Evergreen International Airlines. Earlier in his career, he was Assistant Controller and a Tax Accountant for Columbia Helicopters.

Greg earned a B.A. in Business Administration and M.A. in Taxation, both from Portland State University. He is also a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and Certified Management Accountant (CMA).

Greg actively trades equities and collects Pontiac muscle cars. From 2007 to 2013, he served as a volunteer board member for North Clackamas Christian School in Oregon City, a non-denominational State accredited school. Greg resides in Oregon City, Oregon with his wife and son.

“Everyone at SeaPort Airlines is honored that Max and Greg, with their significant aviation experience, have chosen to join our company. We believe it underscores the growing confidence in our strategy to build a next-generation regional airline designed to serve small and mid-size communities,” said Rob McKinney, President of SeaPort Airlines.

As of June 2014, SeaPort Airlines, Inc. operates an average of 140 daily scheduled flights to 23 cities in 9 states, including operations in Southeast Alaska branded as “Wings of Alaska.” The carrier has submitted proposals to provide Essential Air Service (EAS) at Tupelo and Greenville, Mississippi, and Muscle Shoals, Alabama, and recently applied for authority to begin service between San Diego and San Felipe, Mexico in November 2014.

During March 2014, SeaPort Airlines became the first airline in North America to be hosted on the Amadus Altea reservation platform. Customers can make reservations by calling 888-573-2767, at http://www.SeaPortAirlines.com, or through all major GDSs. The company currently has an interline ticketing and baggage agreement with Alaska Airlines and is working to establish similar agreements with other U.S. and international carriers.

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Contact Information
Claire James: Director of Marketing/ SeaPort Airlines, Inc.
971-340-1713, Claire@SeaPortAir.com

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SeaPort Airlines Files for Government Approval to Begin Service from San Diego, CA to San Felipe, Mexico

San Felipe 1PORTLAND, ORE. (June 23, 2014) – SeaPort Airlines submitted its application today to the U.S. Department of Transportation to start service from San Diego, California in the United States to San Felipe, Baja California in Mexico. San Felipe would be SeaPort’s first destination in Mexico, expanding its current network of 23 airports across nine states. Service to San Felipe will also require approval by the Mexico Dirección General de Aeronáutica Civil (DGAC). SeaPort will file the requisite application with Mexico authorities shortly.

“SeaPort Airlines is committed to providing more destination options to our customers in Southern California,” said Rob McKinney, President of SeaPort Airlines “We’ve had a flood of requests from customers for flights to San Felipe and we’ve been listening. Our applications filed today are a first step toward our plans to bring direct air service between San Felipe and San Diego this fall.”

Service on the new route is slated to begin in November 2014 and will initially operate four times each week.  All flights will be operated with 9-passsenger Cessna Caravan aircraft.  Flight times and fares will be available on www.seaportairlines.com upon receipt of government approvals.

About SeaPort Airlines

Portland, Oregon-based SeaPort Airlines, Inc. operates daily scheduled flights in Alaska, Arkansas, California, Georgia, Kansas, Missouri, Oregon, Tennessee, and Texas. SeaPort Airlines reservations can be made by calling 888-573-2767, at www.SeaPortAirlines.com, or through all major GDSs. The company currently has an interline ticketing and baggage agreement with Alaska Airlines and is working to establish similar agreements with other U.S. and international carriers. Follow SeaPort on Facebook and Twitter.

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SeaPort Airlines Announces Schedules and Fares for Great Bend, KS

PORTLAND, ORE. (May 16, 2014) – SeaPort Airlines today announced that it will begin service on June 16, 2014 from Great Bend, Kansas (Great Bend Municipal Airport) to Wichita (Wichita Mid-Continent Airport) and Kansas City (Kansas City International Airport). The carrier was recently awarded the Essential Air Service contract to provide service at Great Bend by the United States Department of Transportation, replacing Great Lakes Aviation.

“We believe the option of both Wichita and Kansas City will provide the community with a great number of choices for connections across the country and around the world,” said Rob McKinney, President of SeaPort Airlines “We’re very pleased to be bringing air service back to Great Bend and look to building a long-standing partnership with the local community.”

The new service will include two roundtrips per day each weekday between Great Bend and Wichita, and a single one-stop flight between Great Bend and Kansas City. A reduced schedule will be offered on weekends. The flight schedule has been optimized for convenient connections at both Wichita and Kansas City.

GBD SCHEDULE

“Wichita Mid-Continent Airport welcomes SeaPort Airlines to our mix of quality airlines that serve our region. Passengers from the Great Bend area will have convenient access to five airlines and nine nonstop destinations, from which they will be able to connect to most any destination in the world,” stated Valerie Wise, Air Service Manager for the Wichita Airport Authority.

Martin Miller, Airport Manager at Great Bend Municipal Airport said, “Great Bend is anxious to partner with SeaPort to achieve frequent and reliable air service so vital to our community’s business and personal travels well as economic growth in the region. This marks my first time to see an airline that strives to increase our passenger counts with introductory fare specials. Their service level comes highly recommended.”

To introduce itself to the community, SeaPort Airlines is offering a $39 “Get Onboard” introductory fare of $39 each way. The fare is available for purchase on every seat and every flight to and from Great Bend to Wichita as well as Kansas City through July 31, 2014. The listed fare includes all taxes and fees, and is non-refundable and non-changeable once purchased. Other fare are available for customers needing the flexibility to change their travel plans. Passengers may book reservations now on http://www.SeaPortAirlines.com or by calling 888-573-2767. Schedules and fares will be available in all major GDSs and online travel agencies, such as Travelocity and Expedia, by May 19, 2014.

There will be an open house and ribbon-cutting event open to the public during the first week of service in June.

SeaPort Airlines also announced it is recruiting Customer Service Agents for Great Bend, KS. Interested applicants may obtain more information at: http://www.seaportair.com/join-seaport-team.php.

About SeaPort Airlines
Portland, Oregon-based SeaPort Airlines, Inc. operates daily scheduled flights in Alaska, Arkansas, California, Georgia, Kansas, Missouri, Oregon, Tennessee, and Texas. SeaPort Airlines reservations can be made by calling 888-573-2767, at http://www.SeaPortAirlines.com, or through all major GDSs. The company currently has an interline ticketing and baggage agreement with Alaska Airlines and is working to establish similar agreements with other US and international carriers. Follow SeaPort on Facebook and Twitter.

 

 

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Big Bang Saturday: Behind-the-scenes of SeaPort’s Altea cutover

May 7, 2014

Reprinted from the Amadeus N. America blog
by Director, Public Relations, Amadeus North America

Big Bang blog_teams takeoff photoThe lines at the Portland food carts were just a little bit longer on the evening of Saturday, March 22. The SeaPort Airlines team called it their “last supper.” It was the last meal the team enjoyed just a few hours before the Portland, Oregon-based regional airline completed a successful migration of their existing passenger service system to the Amadeus Altéa portfolio of airline IT solutions.

That night the carrier migrated all of its IT systems – inventory, reservations, ticketing, departure control and e-commerce – all in just a matter of hours. This is what we at Amadeus fondly refer to as a “Big Bang” cutover. And what a day it was for everyone.

On Big Bang Saturday, the Amadeus and SeaPort teams were connected across sites in all parts of the world. From Sydney to Juneau, Nice to Dallas, and Chicago back to Portland, Amadeus supported SeaPort every step of the way during the cutover. Rob McKinney, president of SeaPort Airlines, hosted the cutover command center right in his office and communicated frequently with members of the team throughout the migration. At completion, Rob also had the distinction of being the first SeaPort customer to book a reservation, powered by the technology of their new Amadeus system.

Big Bang blog_team dinnerWith the cutover commencing around 9:30 p.m. and with only a few bumps in the road, by 7:30 a.m. on Sunday, SeaPort flights were operating near full schedule. Passengers and seamless operations are priorities for every airline. And in the airline IT migration business, a successful cutover is one that passengers shouldn’t even realize is happening. In Alaska, in line with their normal operating schedule, SeaPort moved a local priest from one town to another, so that he could conduct his Sunday service on time. So all systems were go.

“For us, this was a monumental task,” said Tim Sieber, executive vice president of SeaPort Airlines. “We completed the cutover in a short timeline with a limited amount of people, and it was entirely successful. Amadeus continues to provide a lot of support and refinement throughout the entire process, and we’re extremely lucky to have them as ongoing partners.”

The new technology offers the regional carrier the abilities of a national or international carrier, which SeaPort plans to leverage with interline partnerships.

“Our colleagues at SeaPort have let us know that this is a true game-changer for their business,” said Ray Pawley, ‎director, airline IT & distribution, Amadeus Americas. “They have a true understanding of what the Altéa system can do for their airline and how it will ultimately service their customers. We couldn’t be more thrilled to provide that technology to them.”

For more details on SeaPort’s cutover, you can read the full press release here.

Additionally, SeaPort continues to embrace next gen technology and the ongoing loop of innovation. As part of their migration to the Altéa system, the carrier also implemented big data analysis capabilities, becoming the first launch customer for the Amadeus Travel Intelligence Engine.

So congratulations to the SeaPort and the Amadeus team on a great Big Bang and a bright future of fantastic flying.

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SeaPort embraces big data analytics with Amadeus: reblog

April 7, 2014

SeaPort embraces big data analytics with Amadeus

By: Head of Travel Intelligence, Amadeus IT Group

It is almost impossible to overstate the transformative potential of big data to the travel industry, as noted by MIT’s Professor Thomas Davenport in the Amadeus-sponsored report on Big Data, published in 2013. Travel companies may only be at the beginning of their journey in this arena -as the Professor also remarked- but they are increasingly realising that big data can be transformed into real business value and provide them with a marked competitive advantage.

SeaPort Airlines is one carrier which has embraced this ongoing loop of innovation and become the first launch customer of the Amadeus Travel Intelligence Engine. SeaPort is amongst a growing number of airlines recognizing that specialised analytics can give them a deeper understanding of how to both spot opportunities and identify pain points. For example, big data can help airlines identify correlations between booking activity and weather patterns, which in turn allows carriers to better anticipate cancellations and changes to bookings.

Recently, SeaPort Airlines became the first regional American airline to use Amadeus’ full Altéa portfolio of IT solutions. We are now expanding our partnership with SeaPort on the data analytics front, as the carrier has effectively opted to outsource its business intelligence to Amadeus though our Travel Intelligence Engine.

The Travel Intelligence Engine is a cloud-based platform which allows customers to add as much data as they want to the cloud. Eventually, we will also include new data sources such as weather, Twitter feeds, and other social media. We store the data using a combination of the cloud and our clients’ own systems, allowing them to perform analytics on their own data. Airlines can pick and choose which aspects of our platform they want and this allows them to make use of the platform and associated services in the way that makes the most sense for their business operations.

Through the Travel Intelligence Engine Framework, we are able to deliver best of breed services to enable dashboards and business intelligence reports focused on key performance indicators, built specifically by our platform. We can take these pre-configured dashboards and tailor them to our customer’s business, or allow the customer to use the system to design and build their own dashboards.

SeaPort has chosen to use the Travel Intelligence Engine to run its business intelligence operations, from the data source all the way through to dashboard creation. SeaPort particularly makes use of our ability to produce data in a visual format through the Travel Intelligence Engine, allowing executives to easily understand and visualise data and reports via an automated email that arrives every day.

Data visualisation is a new trend, and one which makes a lot of sense: by depicting the data via pie charts, graphs and graphics the information is displayed in a more intelligible way for a broader audience – from product developers to consultants – instead of being restricted to analysts’ who then need to effectively translate the information for others. For example, data visualisation can help airlines better see expected cancellations or no-shows, thereby understanding when and why seats on a plane may not be 100% filled.

We are working with SeaPort Airlines to leverage its Altéa data sources to broaden and deepen its reports and dashboards, and are also integrating information from the airline’s accounting, cargo, crew management and aircraft maintenance systems.

Regardless of the specific situation an airline wants to look at, we are able to aggregate and analyse the data in a way that creates meaningful reports for each client, without requiring them to have an in-depth understanding of their data. This is particularly important for airlines such as SeaPort which must be operationally efficient at all times and may not maintain a staff of specialised business analysts. But it is also important for all airlines, regardless of size, so all staff can better understand data and contribute to better and more actionable business intelligence.

—-Re-blogged 4/9/2014. For the original post visit: http://www.amadeus.com/blog/07/04/seaport-embraces-big-data-analytics-amadeus/

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