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Alaska Airlines named leader in technology
Alaska Airlines has been named airline technology leader of the year by Air Transport World magazine.
"Although it may not be among the largest in terms of revenue or traffic, Alaska Airlines is a giant when it comes to the introduction of new technology both on and off the airplane," the article in the February issue of the magazine said.
Alaska Airlines was the first airline to sell tickets and check in passengers over the Internet. It also was the first to operate a commercial flight using satellite-based navigation, in 1996.
The magazine also cited the airline's improved check-in system in Anchorage, which dispenses with the traditional ticket counter in favor of a series of islands with automated check-in kiosks and baggage-collection points.
Alaska Airlines also has led the field in developing Required Navigational Performance approaches into San Francisco and Reagan National Airport in Washington, D.C.
Air Transport World is a monthly magazine serving the airline and commercial aircraft manufacturing industries. It began its annual awards program in 1974.
Convention planned for bed & breakfast group
The seventh statewide convention of the Bed and Breakfast Association of Alaska will be held March 7 to 9 in Wasilla.
The convention will feature session topics dealing with marketing, public relations, Internet presence, and legislative information as well as guest speakers and opportunities to establish contacts with Alaska visitor-industry business people.
"Belonging to this association really does bring more guests to my inn," said BBAA Vice President Jill Ramiel, owner of the Silverbow Inn in downtown Juneau.
The convention will be held at the Best Western Lake Lucille Inn in Wasilla. Keynote speakers include Pamela Lanier, founder of Bed and Breakfast, Inn and Guest Houses and Lanier Travel Guides; Trent Blizzard of Blizzard Marketing; and Jerry Phillips, executive director of the Professional Association of Innkeepers International.
For more information or to sign up for the convention, visit the BBAA Web site at www.alaskabba.com.
Individual development network to hold summit
The Alaska Individual Development Accounts Network, a newly formed nonprofit organization dedicated to helping low-income people achieve self-sufficiency, will hold a summit and training event in Anchorage in March.
The network is a partnership between the Juneau Economic Development Council and the Alaska Mental Health Trust.
IDAs are programs that teach low-income people how to save money and acquire assets, such as a home or business. They are used nationwide by community development associations, local United Ways, Catholic and Lutheran social services organizations, and credit unions.
The administrating agency provides educational resources for participants, while matching dollar-for-dollar the participant's savings.
The Alaska IDA Network was established to spread knowledge about IDAs and help social service agencies establish the program.
The summit in Anchorage on March 4 is free and open to everyone, although RSVPs are requested. It will be held at the Marriott Hotel.
The training event on March 5 and 6, located in the Atwood Building in downtown Anchorage, is for agencies interested in starting an IDA program. The cost for the training is $100 before Feb. 20, and $130 between Feb. 20 and March 5. Limited scholarships for travel and lodging are available.
Call Brian Johnson at the JEDC, 463-3662, for more information.