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It’s been two years since Alaska Airlines merged with Virgin America, and it’s combining the best features of both airlines to bring passengers an upgraded and comfortable experience in the modern new cabins across their Airbus fleet. HI Now host Kanoe Gibson sat down with Daniel Chun from Alaska Airlines to talk about the enhancements making travel more productive and hassle-free.

With Alaska Airlines, the days of being disconnected while flying over the Pacific will be long be gone! The airline is rolling out high-speed satellite Wi-Fi, with half of their fleet getting the new technology by 2019. The new service will provide a faster connection speed, which will let passengers stream, browse and chat from departure gate to arrival gate virtually everywhere Alaska flies.

Alaska Airlines prides itself on keeping its passengers entertained so that no one is ever bored onboard. The airline offers the most movies in the sky, with over 500 free movies and TV shows to choose from. Passengers can also watch shows and movies of their choice on Netflix, Hulu or HBO Go. Passengers can even keep their devices fully charged with the USB and 110 power outlets available at every seat.

Travel can be stressful, and the West Coast airline wanted to create a more calming environment to help passengers feel comfortable and welcome. For this reason, passengers will see more neutral colors, blending warm and cool grays and blues onboard. As for mood lighting, it doesn’t just look cool, but it’s functional as well! Everyone onboard has a built-in internal clock wired to respond to natural light. The airline consulted lighting experts to develop mood lighting scenes that can help passengers fall asleep on a red eye or stay focused on a work day.

The Alaska experience is focused on low fares, better service, and sweeter rewards. With the airline’s annual companion offer, which comes with the Alaska Airlines Visa Signature card, travelers who sign up will receive a roundtrip companion fare from $121. That’s a $99 roundtrip fare plus taxes and fees along with 40,000 bonus miles, which is enough for another roundtrip ticket. The companion fare is an annual benefit, so members receive one every year. It’s good anywhere Alaska flies with no blackout dates.

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