ANCHORAGE - Alaska Airlines has been chosen by the U.S. Department of Transportation to provide jet service between Anchorage and the Aleutian Island community of Adak.
The Seattle-based carrier, one of four airlines that bid for the route, will provide two round trips a week with Boeing 737-200 combination cargo-passenger aircraft.
It will receive an annual subsidy of $1.65 million through the U.S. Department of Transportation's Essential Air Service program.
The route is still subject to approval by the Federal Aviation Administration, and Alaska Airlines said it expects to begin providing the service in April or May.
Adak is an island community of 316 people in the mid-Aleutians. It is 445 miles west of Dutch Harbor, the nearest community with scheduled jet service, and 1,192 miles from Anchorage.