Alaska Airlines started out in 1932 as a small airline McGee Airways, flying from Anchorage, Alaska. The business has been growing for decades and now employs 22 thousand people and is currently one of the top airlines in the United States by scheduled passengers carried, fleet size, and number of destinations served. It has been also recognized by its customers numerous times. In 2019, Alaska Airlines ranked highest among traditional carriers in the J.D. Power North American Airline Satisfaction Study of passengers’ satisfaction for 12th consecutive year. Alaska Airlines' hubs are in Seattle/Tacoma, Anchorage, Los Angeles, Portland and San Francisco. It flies to 115+ destinations located in: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Washington, Wisconsin, Canada, Costa Rica, Mexico.