Alaska Airlines to use faster jet for Helena to Seattle flight, airport officials say

Phil Drake

Starting Oct. 6, Alaska Airlines is transitioning from the Q400 prop to the Embraer 175 jet on its Seattle flight, Helena Regional Airport recently posted online.

The airport said on its Facebook page the benefits of the Embraer 175 include a more comfortable flight, as it has three class configurations of First Class, Economy Comfort and Economy.

They also mentioned speed and that passengers would get to Seattle faster as the Embraer has a cruising speed of 495 mph, which is 30 mph faster than the Q400.

And they noted a smoother ride, saying the Embraer would avoid some turbulence by flying at 35,000 feet instead of 25,000.

Alaska Airlines now has one daily flight at Helena Regional Airport.

On its webpage, Alaska Airlines said the Embraer, which has a wingspan of 94 feet 2 inches, is designed for short to mid-range flights. It “features 76 comfortable, wide seats; with no middle seats, every passenger has either a window or aisle seat. Inflight entertainment and Wi-Fi are available for everyone onboard, and First Class seats offer power outlets.”

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