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Alaska Airlines flight attendant’s emotional return to hometown in Guatemala 

Last year, Alaska added Guatemala City to the list of destinations we serve non-stop daily from the West Coast. For many, Guatemala stands out for its natural beauty, incredible culture and history, and for some, it’s a place they call home. Flight Attendant Orly talks about his dream job and shares his story about what it meant for him to fly back to his home country to celebrate his mom’s 88th birthday.

Middle schoolers travel thousands of miles for weeklong giveback in Hawai‘i, discover the Aloha spirit

Recently we surprised 12 West Oakland Middle School students with a seven-day trip to Hawai’i in partnership with STATE Bags. For many of them, it was for their first time on a plane—and for all of them, it was their first time to the Islands. From harvesting kalo to zip-lining through lush forests and diving in to so many immersive experiences, the students learned powerful ways to malama Hawaii and the beauty of friendship, community and culture.