Alaska Airlines Rated Best Airline in Conde Nast Traveler Magazine’s 2005 Business Travel Awards

SEATTLE, Oct. 3 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Alaska Airlines was rated the No. 1 airline in Conde Nast Traveler magazine’s 2005 Business Travel Awards. Published in the October issue, the annual survey of the magazine’s business travelers rated Alaska the top domestic airline for coach and first-class service.

Alaska Airlines edged out nine of its U.S. counterparts, including five major carriers, for its first-ever top ranking in the poll for premium service. In past years, Alaska has rated in the top five in the survey.

“We are honored to receive this recognition, as it truly reflects all that we’ve been doing to raise the bar in providing exceptional value and service to our business travelers,” said Tom Romary, the airline’s vice president of marketing. “We thank our employees who, day-in and day-out, give the extra effort that makes such a difference to our customers.”

Alaska received the highest ratings for its cabin service and frequent flier privileges, and scored in the top two for value for cost; food and beverages; and seat comfort and legroom.

The magazine polled more than 10,000 readers who identified themselves as frequent business travelers. The annual survey also rates international airlines and hotels.

Among carriers with single-class (coach-only) service, Alaska’s sister airline, Horizon Air, rated fifth and was the only regional airline to make the list. Horizon was highly rated for its food and beverages, cabin service and frequent flier privileges.

Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air together serve 88 cities through an expansive network throughout Alaska, the Lower 48, Canada and Mexico. For reservations visit alaskaair.com. For more news and information, visit the Alaska Airlines/Horizon Air newsroom at http://newsroom.alaskaair.com/ .

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