Horizon to Toast New Santa Rosa Service With Local Microbrew and Wines; Checked-Baggage Exception to Make Life Easier for Wine Buyers



    SEATTLE, March 2 /CNW/ - In celebration of its new service from Los
Angeles and Seattle to the Sonoma County Airport starting March 20, Horizon
Air will be including a microbrew and wines from Sonoma County in its inflight
service systemwide through April.

    With the start of service, the airline is also implementing a special
exception to its checked-baggage policy to assist passengers taking wine home
from the Sonoma County region.

    Featured wines and microbrew

    In March, Horizon is serving a 2005 Sauvignon Blanc or a 2004 Cabernet
Sauvignon from Canyon Road Winery of Geyserville, Calif. (the featured wine
varies from flight to flight). Canyon Road owns 140 acres of vineyards, with
the majority of the grapes for its wines sourced from coastal appellations and
selected Northern California vineyards.

    In April, Horizon will serve a 2005 Sonoma County Sauvignon Blanc or 2002
Yulupa Shiraz from Kenwood Vineyards of Kenwood, Calif., a winery that traces
its roots back to the former Pagani Brothers Winery, originally established in
1906.

    Also in April, Horizon will serve Racer 5 India Pale Ale from Bear
Republic Brewing Company, a family-run business that brews award-winning
lagers and ales from its brewpub in historic downtown Healdsburg, Calif.

    Horizon serves wines and microbrews at no extra charge as part of its
regular inflight service to passengers 21 years or older on all of its flights
systemwide.

    Special exception to checked-baggage policy

    In addition to the usual two pieces of baggage that can be checked at no
charge, Horizon will accept a box of up to 12 bottles of wine per passenger at
no extra charge from customers on flights departing Sonoma County. The wine
must be packaged to courier standards for shipment.

    "The liquid and gel ban by the TSA removed the ability of passengers to
carry the wine they purchased on board," said Andy Schneider, Horizon's senior
vice president of customer services. "So, we developed this program in
partnership with the Sonoma County wine community, allowing our customers to
purchase their favorite wines and sparing them the hassle and expense of
shipping them separately."

    Named 2007 Regional Airline of the Year by Air Transport World magazine,
Horizon today serves 48 cities throughout California, Colorado, Oregon,
Washington, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, and British Columbia and Alberta.
Together, Horizon Air and Alaska Airlines serve 89 cities and are subsidiaries
of Alaska Air Group, Inc. (NYSE:  ALK).




For further information:

For further information: Horizon Air Jen Boyer, 206/431-4672

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