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Alaska Airlines Enhances Northern Bites Meal Service


SEATTLE — Alaska Airlines today began offering its Northern Bites fresh meal
service on nearly every flight over two-and-a-half hours, allowing customers to
purchase a hot, fresh meal or picnic snack pack on twice as many flights as
previously available.
The meal service also has been upgraded with new offerings designed by
Executive Chef Clifton Lyles. New items include a grilled chicken ciabatta
sandwich with sundried tomatoes, basil and provolone cheese; an artisan salami
and fresh cheese plate; and a fresh fruit and cheese plate. On breakfast
flights, customers can sample a scrambled egg, mushroom, cheese and ham
skillet; or egg, cheese and sausage on a warm biscuit. The airline will also
continue to offer its popular U.S. Certified Angus Beef® quarter-pound
cheeseburger. Offerings will differ based on time of day and flight, and will
cost from $6 to $7.
“‘Great’ and ‘airline food’ are not often used in the same sentence, but these
offerings are delicious,” said Joe Sprague, Alaska’s vice president of
marketing. “‘Chef Cliff,’ as we call him, shares our passion for offering
customers high-quality airline food. He used to run his own catering company
and now relishes the challenge of delivering appetizing meals at 30,000 feet.”
Lyles, a graduate of the California Culinary Academy, has trained under such
outstanding chefs as Bruce Hill at Restaurant Oritalia in San Francisco and
Patrick Clark, “Two Time Culinary World Olympic Gold Medal Winner” at Silver
Creek Valley Country Club in San Jose, Calif. He has worked for LSG Skychefs,
Alaska Airlines’ catering company, since June 2008.
Customers who purchase the new meals on Alaska Airlines flights are encouraged
to drop Lyles a note with their comments at [ mailto:Chef.Cliff@alaskaair.com
Photos and more information on the new food offerings are available at
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. For reservations, visit alaskaair.com. For
more news and information, visit the Alaska Airlines/Horizon Air Newsroom at
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