Alaska Airlines makes inaugural commercial flight between LAX, Havana

Alaska Airlines has launched the first regularly scheduled US commercial flights between Los Angeles and Havana, Cuba, the company said.

Among the passengers onboard the inaugural flight on Jan. 5, 2017 were 50 political, business, and cultural leaders from California and Washington state taking part in an educational and trade mission, and eager to learn more about the island nation.

Joining the more than 20 economic, trade, and educational organizations taking part in Alaska Airlines´ Havana delegation are Sister Cities Los Angeles Chairman Tom Gilmore and President Fabiola Vilchez. The two will begin an initial conversation regarding a city-to-city relationship between Los Angeles and Havana.

The Havana flight will operate using a fuel-efficient Boeing 737-900ER.

Alaska Airlines, together with Virgin America and its regional partners, flies 40 million customers a year to more than 118 destinations with an average of 1,200 daily flights across the United States and to Mexico, Canada, Costa Rica, and Cuba. Alaska Airlines, Virgin America, and Horizon Air are subsidiaries of Alaska Air Group (NYSE: ALK).