Alaska Air’s new outlets will supply both 110-volt and USB power for tablets and smartphones.

For those who fly on Alaska Airlines and need to keep the gadgets juiced, help is on the way.

Starting this fall, the Seattle-based airline will be adding power outlets to every seat for three-quarters of its fleet. The outlets will supply both 110-volt and USB power for tablets and smartphones.

It’s part of a $100 million upgrade project set to be finished by the end of 2014 that includes new, slimmer seats with a “personal space-enhancing design” that will allow Alaska Air to increase total capacity on its flights.

The airline also said it’s “nearing a decision” to install an in-flight entertainment system that will allow passengers to stream content to their own devices via an onboard server.

Alaska Air already offers in-flight Wi-Fi via Gogo.

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  • Kristin F

    Interesting. The outlets will definitely come in handy on long flight but I wonder how the slimmer seat design will be accepted. There have been stories about customers complaining about the size of seats so I’m curious on what this new design will entail.

  • Cindy Engstrom

    New seat size is brutal. They will lose a great deal of their west coast business to Virgin. I won’t be able to use the power outlet because my knee will be blocking it. Alaska used to do so many things right. Sad to watch them making such a fundamental error.

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