Travel Tuesday: Alaska Air and Delta getting upgrades
This week's Travel Tuesday segment on KTVA 11's Daybreak featured some industry news, specifically a new Alaska Airlines maintenance hangar at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport.
According to a press release from Alaska Airlines, the new hanger is set to open Wednesday and cost $50 million to build. The new hangar is double the size of the original hangar, adding 100,000 square feet and will house 100 employees. It's designed to meet fleet demands for the next three to five decades.
Alaska Airlines says the building broke ground in 2016 and is part of the "2020 Great Land Investment Plan" which totals $100 million in upgrades that will see updated and expanded terminals across the state.
The new hangar, which required 1,400 tons of steel to build, will officially open at a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 7 at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport.
Delta is also looking at upgrades, but with a focus on the fleet. The company is introducing a new Airbus A220, which is a single-aisle airliner with electric breaks. According to CNN. The plane will seat 109 passengers with a little under 3-feet of legroom.
CNN reports that some of Delta's planes are more than 30 years old. The Airbus A220 is set to replace 20 percent of the Delta fleet by 2020.
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