Alaska Airlines Named Official Airline of Monterey Jazz Festival

Alaska Airlines Named Official Airline
of Monterey Jazz Festival

The “Jazz Theater Presented by Alaska Airlines”
Debuts Sept. 21 at the 55th Annual Monterey Jazz Festival

August 1, 2012; Monterey, CA: Monterey Jazz Festival and Alaska Airlines today announced the dominant carrier on the West Coast is the festival’s official airline. The two-year partnership for the annual Monterey Jazz Festival includes naming rights for one of four indoor venues, the Jazz Theater, to now be known as the Jazz Theater Presented by Alaska Airlines.

”We’re thrilled to bring our smiling Eskimo and Alaska’s award-winning customer service to Monterey and support the world’s oldest and most beloved jazz festival,” said Karen Womick, Alaska Airlines’ regional sales and community marketing manager, Northern California. “With Alaska’s daily nonstop service to San Diego, Southern California residents will also have easy access to this cherished annual music festival.”

“Monterey Jazz Festival is honored to partner with Alaska Airlines. Their presence on the West Coast mirrors the Monterey Jazz Festival’s key markets and their reputation for outstanding customer service, which has garnered the airline a loyal customer base, matches our own values,” said Chris Doss, managing director of the Monterey Jazz Festival.

The Jazz Theater Presented by Alaska Airlines will show simulcast performances all weekend from Sept. 21-23, including Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band, Melody Gardot, Eddie Palmieri Salsa Orchestra, Tony Bennett; the Jack DeJohnette Special Trio featuring Pat Metheny and Christian McBride; Bill Frisell’s Beautiful Dreamers Meets the 858 Quartet; Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue; Robert Randolph & the Family Band, Esperanza Spalding; Pat Metheny Unity Band with Chris Potter, Antonio Sanchez, and Ben Williams; the Monterey Jazz Festival On Tour / 55th Anniversary Celebration with Dee Dee Bridgewater, Christian McBride, Ambrose Akinmusire, Chris Potter, Benny Green, Lewis Nash; the Next Generation Jazz Orchestra, and the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts Big Band.

Jazz fans attending the Monterey Jazz Festival are encouraged to visit the Alaska Airlines booth for a chance to win two roundtrip tickets on Alaska Airlines to Los Angeles for the 2013 Playboy Jazz Festival.

In June, Alaska became the newest airline to serve the Monterey Peninsula, providing daily nonstop flights between Monterey Regional Airport (MRY) and San Diego International Airport (SAN). Airplanes approaching the Monterey Regional Airport, located near the Monterey County Fairgrounds, have long been a feature of the Monterey Jazz Festival since its inception in 1958.

Alaska Airlines is the seventh-largest U.S. airline based on passenger traffic and is the dominant West Coast carrier serving more than 90 cities across the United States, Mexico and Canada. With headquarters in Seattle, Alaska serves 16 California cities, including over 55 daily flights from five Bay Area airports including Monterey, Oakland, San Francisco, San Jose and Santa Rosa.

Single Day and Weekend Arena Package tickets to the 55th annual Monterey Jazz Festival start at $66 and are available for purchase at www.montereyjazzfestival.org or by calling 888.248.6499.

Note to media: High resolution images of Alaska Airlines aircraft are available for download in the carrier’s online image gallery at www.alaskaair.com/newsroom.

About Monterey Jazz Festival
The Monterey Jazz Festival celebrates the legacy of jazz and expands the boundaries of and opportunities to experience jazz through the creative production of performances and educational programs.

About Alaska Airlines
Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air, subsidiaries of Alaska Air Group (NYSE: ALK), together serve more than 90 cities through an expansive network in Alaska, the Lower 48, Hawaii, Canada and Mexico. Alaska Airlines has ranked “Highest in Customer Satisfaction Among Traditional Network Carriers” in the J.D. Power and Associates North America Airline Satisfaction StudySM for five consecutive years from 2008 to 2012. For reservations, visit www.alaskaair.com. For more news and information, visit the Alaska Airlines/Horizon Air Newsroom at www.alaskaair.com/newsroom.

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For more information, high-resolution pictures and interview opportunities please contact:

Timothy Orr, Marketing Associate
Monterey Jazz Festival
Direct Line: 510.652.1122
Monterey Office: 831.373.3366
timorr@montereyjazzfestival.org
www.montereyjazzfestival.org

Or

Bobbie Egan, Media Relations Manager
Alaska Airlines & Horizon Air
206.392.5101
Bobbie.Egan@alaskaair.com

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