Alaska Airlines’ Milk Run – SEA-KTN-WRG-PSG-JNU & unexpected JNU-SIT-KTN-SEA
This is my second Alaska Airlines’ Milk Run report. Since I have become a MVP Gold again (thanks to VX merger), I decide to fly the Milk Run again. I flew the ANC-Cordova-Yakutat-Juneau a few years ago, and I wrote a report back then. Many years later, I just want to follow up with the southbound Milk Run. This time I started from Seattle, and my overnight spot was Juneau, which is a quaint little town. I actually enjoyed my 24 hours overnight and next time I might stay a day or more just to visit a few popular spots. Anyway, service wise… it was pretty similar except there were less snacks. There is also streaming entertainment available now. I am not going to write much but let the scenery speaks.
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AS 65 SEA-KTN Lv0725 Arr0834 Boeing 737-400 N708AS
N708AS getting ready for the Milk Run after arriving from Spokane… the plane arrived early but ground operation was a bit slow though.
A long day ahead
Boarding began at 6:45am and it was going to be a full flight heading to Ketchikan with lots of workers heading to work, as well as families visiting their family in Alaska.
My seat 11F – I could not get any exit row seat or bulkhead row this morning. Upgrade was of course near impossible now.
Legroom not bad though – one of the few perks, such as better seat pitch when flying a Classic plane these days
Despite the door was closed at 7:20am five minutes early, there were issues in loading the bags.
They eventually finished loading the bags and we finally pushed back at 8:03am.
We took off from R/W16L at 8:26am for our first leg to Ketchikan, which took an hour and forty-three minutes this morning with a cruising altitude of 32,000ft.
Some sign of the age of the plane
Since this is the longest leg of the Milk Run (the second longest leg from Juneau to Anchorage, which also features a full beverage service), there is a full beverage service with Biscoff cookies, and then there is also a full Buy on board service. However, there is no hot meals offered. I got a Northwest Deli Pack, as I knew that I won’t get any chance to get real food till I would be in downtown Juneau.
Over the Canadian Rockies
Descent into Ketchikan
We landed on R/W10 at 9:09am, as Alaska is an hour behind from the West Coast.
Ketchikan airport terminal
This poor Alaska Boeing 737-400 Combi had to wait in the tarmac because of our delayed departure
AS 65 KTN-WRG Lv0924 arr1000
Boarding began at 9:32am and door was closed in ten minutes. We took off from R/W29 at 9:53am for a short twenty-two minutes flight to Wrangell. We stayed at 16,000ft briefly before descending again. There was no cabin service.
We landed at Wrangell’s R/W10 at 10:15am.
Wrangell’s terminal building
After the arriving passengers left the plane, the F/As made a quick water and OJ run, as the next segment would be even shorter.
Aft part of the cabin
Still pretty full
AS 65 WRG-PSG Lv1051 Arr1109
This is the shortest leg of the Milk Run, and we had caught up with our delay as of this point.
Boarding began at 10:30am and door was closed at 10:40am. We pushed back five minutes later.
We took off from R/W28 at 10:48am. The flight lasted eight minutes and we barely stayed at 6,000ft.
We landed on R/W23 at 10:56am.
Petersburg James A. Johnson Airport – terminal building
The layover was very brief again and the F/A came by with more juice and water.
AS 65 PRG-JNU Lv1200 Arr1237
This next segment would be full again, as many passengers boarded here at Petersburg.
It took more than thirty minutes to close the door. Door was closed at 11:48am and we pushed back at 11:55am.
We took off from R/W23 at 11:57am. Flying time was thirty-four minutes with a cruising altitude of 20,000ft.
Water and juice were offered in main cabin (back then we got snacks too), and first class got a full beverage service.
Descending towards Juneau
We landed on R/W8 at 12:31pm.
Busier airport with almost all Alaska Airlines operation (Delta has a seasonal operation here!)
Thanks, N708AS for a safe ride into Juneau.
Some of you might wonder why I did not finish the whole Milk Run. It was because you could not buy a ticket (online for sure) all the way from Seattle to Anchorage. You can either fly from Seattle to Juneau, or Ketchikan to Anchorage. Same with the return. But the crews stayed on and flew all the way to Anchorage.
A really nice regional airport