History was made today when Seattle-based Alaska Airlines launched its first U.S. commercial flight to Cuba.

The flight, which departed from Los Angeles, California at 8:50 a.m. this morning, will arrive in Havana, Cuba at 4:55 p.m., Cuba time. Passengers aboard the flight include 50 political, business, and cultural leaders from Washington and California who will be participating in an educational and trade mission upon arrival.

“We sometimes overlook the fact that air travel holds tremendous power to connect people and overcome boundaries,” said Joe Sprague, Alaska Airlines’ senior vice president of communications and external relations. “This new West Coast service is another historic step in opening up relations between our two countries and we’re thrilled to host a delegation of trade, tourism, and educational leaders to explore Cuba’s capital city.”

The flights, which will operate using a Boeing 737-900ER, will take place daily, with non-stop service from Los Angeles to Havana. For Seattle-area travelers interested in making the voyage, connecting flights to and from Sea-Tac International Airport to Los Angeles International Airport also are available daily.