2017 News releases

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06/26/17Alaska Airlines plans flight to chase "The Great American Eclipse"
Airline will host in-flight viewing party from Portland, Oregon in August SEATTLE, June 26, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Alaska Airlines is chasing "The Great American Eclipse" on August 21, with a special charter flight for select astronomy enthusiasts and eclipse chasers to experience totality from 35,000+ feet above the earth. The flight will depart Portland at 7:30 a.m. PDT and fly off the coast of Oregon, allowing guests on board to be among the first of mil... 
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06/09/17Alaska Airlines invites guests to stop and smell the rosé onboard this summer
Guests flying into Portland, Oregon on Saturday will be treated to rosé wine for National Rosé Day PORTLAND, Ore., June 9, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- House Wine Rosé will become a seasonal offering for purchase on most Alaska Airlines flights from July 1 through Aug. 31. Made with grapes from the Columbia Valley, the Washington rosé will provide guests a new, crisp, light summer wine option in addition to the existing offerings from Canoe Ridge Vineyard and LaMarca in the main cabin and Chateau Ste... 
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06/08/17Alaska Air Group Reports May 2017 Operational Results
SEATTLE, June 8, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Alaska Air Group Inc. (NYSE: ALK) today reported May and year-to-date operational results on a consolidated basis, for its mainline operations operated by subsidiaries Alaska Airlines, Inc. (Alaska) and Virgin America Inc. (Virgin America), and for its regional flying operated by subsidiary Horizon Air Industries, Inc. (Horizon) and third-party regional carriers SkyWest Airlines and Peninsula Airlines (Regional). Air Group's acquisition of Virgin America ... 
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05/24/17Alaska Airlines, Horizon Air win 16th FAA Diamond Awards for excellence in maintenance training
Maintenance technicians also honored May 24 for Aircraft Maintenance Technician Day SEATTLE, May 24, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air have each earned their 16th Diamond Award from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for excellence in maintenance training. The FAA reserves this award for select carriers who complete the Aircraft Maintenance Training (AMT) program with 100 percent participation from eligible technicians. Alaska Airlines is the only major... 
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05/23/17Horizon Air pilots pass vote to amend labor contract
PORTLAND, Ore., May 23, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Horizon Air pilots, represented by the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) have approved an amendment to their existing eight-year contract. Horizon is a regional airline that flies as Alaska Airlines. The amended contract contains a significant increase to pilot compensation, offered to both new and existing pilots, with Horizon's starting pay now at the top end of the regional airline industry pay scale at all steps. This, coupled with t... 
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05/22/17Alaska Airlines begins seasonal flights between Philadelphia and Portland, Oregon
SEATTLE, May 22, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Alaska Airlines is inaugurating seasonal flights from Philadelphia to Portland, Oregon starting today. The nonstop, daily flights will operate through August 26. "Alaska Airlines continues to expand service from the West Coast by adding convenient, nonstop flights to popular destinations like Philadelphia," said John Kirby, vice president of capacity planning at Alaska Airlines. "With this new flight, we now offer Rose City residents nonstop access to 58 ... 
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05/22/17Alaska Airlines and Finnair announce frequent flyer partnership
Frequent flyers earn miles/points as Finnair starts San Francisco-Helsinki service June 1 SEATTLE, May 22, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Alaska Airlines and Finnair are teaming up to give members of their frequent flyer programs the opportunity to earn miles/points on each other as Finnair expands its wings with new flights from San Francisco. "We're thrilled to be partnering with European-favorite Finnair, as they launch their first West Coast service from our Sa... 
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05/19/17Alaska Air Group to webcast presentation at the Wolfe Research Global Transportation Conference
SEATTLE, May 19, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Alaska Air Group, Inc. (NYSE: ALK), the parent company of Alaska Airlines, Inc., Virgin America Inc. and Horizon Air Industries, Inc., today announced it will webcast a presentation by Brad Tilden, Alaska's chairman and chief executive officer and Brandon Pedersen, Alaska's executive vice president and chief financial officer, at the Wolfe Research Global Transportation Conference in New York City at 6:45 a.m. Pacific time/9:45 a.m. Eastern time on Tuesday, ... 
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05/19/17Alaska Air Cargo delivers 22,000 pounds of Copper River salmon to Seattle
Seattle's top chefs compete in the eighth annual Copper Chef Cook-off SEATTLE, May 19, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- The season's first shipment of fresh Copper River salmon made the 1,300-mile journey from Cordova, Alaska, to Seattle onboard an Alaska Airlines 737 this morning, marking the start of the summer salmon grilling season. In addition to the 22,000 pounds of fish delivered this morning, Alaska has four flights scheduled throughout the day to bring up to 77,000 pounds of Copper River salmon ... 
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05/18/17Alaska Airlines receives U.S. DOT approval to begin Mexico City flying from San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Diego
Tickets now on sale for convenient nonstop flights from key California hubs SEATTLE, May 18, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Alaska Airlines today unveiled the schedule for service from Los Angeles, San Francisco and San Diego to Mexico City's Benito Juarez International Airport. The U.S. Dept. of Transportation (DOT) officially approved Alaska's new Mexico City service, which includes twice daily flights to Mexico's capital from Los Angeles and daily flights from San Francisco and San Diego. Mexican go... 
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05/17/17Alaska Airlines to begin scheduled commercial air service from Paine Field in 2018
Nine daily departures coming for more than a million North Sound travelers SEATTLE, May 17, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Air travel will get a lot easier for flyers living in Snohomish County and North King County, Washington, next year when Alaska Airlines introduces commercial service from Paine Field – Snohomish County Airport. Subject to government approvals, starting by fall of 2018, more than a million North Sound travelers will enjoy shorter commutes to the airport and up to nine daily departu... 
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05/11/17Alaska Airlines inaugurates new service from Seattle to Indianapolis, Indiana
The go-to airline for travelers on the West Coast continues to expand service SEATTLE, May 11, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Alaska Airlines today inaugurates nonstop daily service between Seattle and Indianapolis, Indiana. This new service to Indianapolis is the only nonstop service offered from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. "Alaska Airlines continues to meet the needs of valued Seattle guests with new service to the Circle City," said John Kirby, vice pre... 
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05/10/17Alaska Airlines awarded highest in Traditional Carrier Satisfaction for 10th straight year
SEATTLE, May 10, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Alaska Airlines ranked highest in airline customer satisfaction among traditional carriers for the 10th consecutive year in the J.D. Power 2017 North America Airline Satisfaction Study. "To have this recognition from the highly respected J.D. Power organization for 10 consecutive years is both extraordinary and humbling," said Alaska Airlines CEO Brad Tilden. "Our 20,000 remarkable and kind-hearted employees are what dist... 
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05/09/17Alaska Airlines names Bay Area vice president
Airline continues to grow its presence to become the preferred carrier of travelers in California SEATTLE, May 9, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Alaska Air Group's board of directors named Annabel R. Chang vice president, Bay Area. In this new position, Chang will shape and execute Alaska Airlines' strategic external relations, local government advocacy and community relations efforts in the San Francisco Bay Area, building upon the success Virgin America has achieved in the last nine years. She will a... 
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05/09/17Alaska Air Group reports April 2017 operational results
SEATTLE, May 9, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Alaska Air Group Inc. (NYSE: ALK) today reported April and year-to-date operational results on a consolidated basis, for its mainline operations operated by subsidiaries Alaska Airlines, Inc. (Alaska) and Virgin America Inc. (Virgin America), and for its regional flying operated by subsidiary Horizon Air Industries, Inc. (Horizon) and third-party regional carriers SkyWest Airlines and Peninsula Airlines (Regional). Air Group's acquisition of Virgin Americ... 
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05/05/17Alaska Air Group declares quarterly dividend
SEATTLE, May 5, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- The board of directors of Alaska Air Group (NYSE: ALK) has declared a regular quarterly cash dividend of 30 cents per share. The dividend will be paid on Jun. 8, 2017, to all shareholders of record as of May 23, 2017. Dividends are financed from operating cash flow and cash on hand. Alaska Airlines, together with Virgin America and its regional partners, flies 40 million customers a year to 118 destinations with an average of 1,200 daily flights across the... 
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05/01/17Alaska Airlines launches zero dollar* companion fare offer for new cardholders in May and June
In the news release, Alaska Airlines launches zero dollar* companion fare offer for new cardholders in May and June, issued 01-May-2017 by Alaska Airlines over PR Newswire, the headline has been updated to read "discounted* companion fare" for improved clarity. The complete, corrected release follows: Alaska Airlines launches discounted* companion fare offer for new cardholders in May and June Popular cardholder benefits now available on Virgin America-operated flights SEATTLE, May 1,... 
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04/26/17Alaska Air Group reports first quarter 2017 results
SEATTLE, April 26, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Financial Highlights: Reported net income for the first quarter under Generally Accepted Accounting Principles ("GAAP") of $99 million or $0.79 per diluted share, compared to net income of $184 million, or $1.46 per diluted share in 2016. As the acquisition of Virgin America Inc. ("Virgin America") closed on Dec. 14, 2016, first quarter 2017 information reflects the results of Virgin America, including the impacts associated with purchase accounti... 
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04/25/17Alaska Airlines and Virgin America to relocate to Terminal 7 at JFK
UPDATED: A previous version of this release incorrectly noted the number of destinations with service to New York area airports and the incorrect number of daily flights to top global destinations. The complete, corrected release follows: Alaska Airlines and Virgin America to relocate to Terminal 7 at JFK Move co-locates the two airlines into one terminal for better international connections and growth SEATTLE, April 25, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Alaska Airlines and Virgin America today an... 
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04/14/17Horizon Air and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters reach tentative agreement for pilots
SEATTLE, April 14, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Horizon Air and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) announced today that they have reached a tentative agreement to amend their existing eight-year contract for the carrier's 620 pilots. The proposed agreement gives Horizon Air the ability to attract and retain the best pilots in the regional industry through enhanced salary and bonus provisions. "I commend the negotiations team for their efforts to reach a deal that allows us to increase o... 
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04/13/17Alaska Airlines inaugurates flights to San Luis Obispo, California, and Wichita, Kansas
Carrier continues to grow its presence, making it the go-to airline on the West Coast SEATTLE, April 13, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Alaska Airlines inaugurates nonstop service today from its Seattle hub to San Luis Obispo, California, and Wichita, Kansas. The airline will operate daily flights to each market. "Alaska Airlines continues to grow from our hometown of Seattle," said John Kirby, the airline's vice president of capacity planning. "With the additions of San Luis Obispo and Wichita, we ... 
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04/12/17Alaska Airlines and Virgin America announce new Dallas Love Field flying to Seattle; San Diego; San Jose, California; and Portland, Oregon
SEATTLE, April 12, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Alaska Airlines and Virgin America are growing their footprint in the Lone Star State, expanding service to Dallas Love Field from four West Coast airports. With new routes between Love Field and Seattle; San Diego; Portland, Oregon; and San Jose, California, the combined airline will serve eight destinations from Love Field with 18 daily peak season departures, up 40 percent. "These new routes offer Dallas business fly... 
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04/10/17Alaska Air Group reports March 2017 operational results
SEATTLE, April 10, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Alaska Air Group Inc. (NYSE: ALK) today reported March and year-to-date operational results on a consolidated basis, for its mainline operations operated by subsidiaries Alaska Airlines, Inc. (Alaska) and Virgin America Inc. (Virgin America), and for its regional flying operated by subsidiary Horizon Air Industries, Inc. (Horizon) and third-party regional carriers SkyWest Airlines and Peninsula Airlines (Regional). Winter storms in 2017 significantly impac... 
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04/06/17Alaska Air Group to announce financial results
SEATTLE, April 6, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Alaska Air Group, Inc. (NYSE: ALK), the parent company of Alaska Airlines, Inc., Virgin America Inc., and Horizon Air Industries, Inc., will announce its first quarter 2017 financial results on Wednesday, April 26, 2017. A conference call is scheduled at 8:30 a.m. Pacific time/11:30 a.m. Eastern time. Interested parties may listen to the call via webcast at www.alaskaair.com/investors. Alaska Airlines, together with Virgin America and its regional partne... 
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04/05/17Alaska Airlines announces new long-haul service from Portland, Oregon and Los Angeles
SEATTLE, April 5, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Alaska Airlines and Virgin America today announces new daily, nonstop service between Portland, Oregon, and New York's John F. Kennedy Airport (JFK) beginning Nov. 6; Portland and Detroit beginning Aug. 30; and Los Angeles and Philadelphia beginning Sept. 1. "Alaska Airlines continues to expand service from our West Coast hubs by adding convenient, nonstop flights to popular destinations like New York City, Philadelphia... 
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03/28/17Alaska Airlines names 29-year industry veteran new vice president of airport operations
SEATTLE, March 28, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Alaska Airlines' board of directors has elected Wayne Newton as vice president of airport operations and customer service effective today. In his new role, Newton will oversee airport operations in 84 cities and a team of more than 2,700 employees and contractors. He replaces Jeff Butler, who is now Alaska Airlines' vice president of guest and inflight services - Virgin America. "Wayne knows this business inside and out and is perfectly suited to lead o... 
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03/22/17Alaska Airlines and Virgin America share vision for the future
Brand will be defined as warm and welcoming, with a modern, West Coast-inspired vibe SEATTLE, March 22, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Alaska Airlines and Virgin America today shared their vision for the future of the combined carrier, as the company solidifies its status as the West Coast's premier airline. After careful consideration, the combined company will adopt Alaska's name and logo, retiring the Virgin America name likely sometime in 2019. However, the com... 
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03/21/17Alaska Air Group to hold investor day on March 29
SEATTLE, March 21, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Alaska Air Group, Inc. (NYSE: ALK), the parent company of Alaska Airlines, Inc., Virgin America Inc. and Horizon Air Industries, Inc., will hold an investor day on Wednesday, March 29, 2017 in New York. Remarks by company management will begin approximately at 8:30 a.m. Pacific time/11:30 a.m. Eastern time. Interested parties may listen to the presentation and question-and-answer period via webcast at www.alaskaair.com/investors. Alaska Airlines, togeth... 
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03/20/17Alaska Airlines adds Europe's Condor Airlines as Mileage Plan Partner
New global partner gives Alaska frequent flier members travel and mileage accrual to Europe SEATTLE, March 20, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Alaska Airlines today announced Condor Airlines as its newest partner, giving members of its award-wining Mileage Plan more opportunities to earn and use miles on flights to Europe. Condor flies nonstop to Frankfurt, Germany from Seattle; San Diego; Las Vegas, Portland, Oregon, Anchorage and Fairbanks, Alaska; and Vancouver, British Columbia. Starting in June, Co... 
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03/15/17Alaska Airlines' California growth continues, adding six new nonstop routes from San Diego
Alaska is the fastest-growing airline in San Diego with 40 daily departures to 28 destinations Update: Previous version of news release issued contained an incorrect start date for San Diego-Omaha route. SAN DIEGO, March 15, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Alaska Airlines today announced increased investment in Southern California by adding service to six new destinations from San Diego International Airport. New nonstop service includes daily flights to Albuquerque, New Mexico; Austin, Texas; Kansas... 
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03/14/17Alaska Airlines inaugurates new flights from San Jose, California and Portland, Oregon
Carrier continues to grow its presence, making it the go-to airline for travelers living on the West Coast SAN JOSE, Calif., March 14, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Alaska Airlines inaugurates non-stop service in three new markets this week—San Jose, Calif. to Newark, New Jersey, which began on March 12; San Jose, Calif. to Burbank, Calif. beginning on March 16; and Portland, Ore. to Orlando, Florida also beginning on March 16. Flights between San Jose and Newark and Portland and Orlando operate on... 
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03/10/17Alaska Air Group reports February 2017 operational results
SEATTLE, March 10, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Alaska Air Group Inc. (NYSE: ALK) today reported February and year-to-date operational results on a consolidated basis, for its mainline operations operated by subsidiaries Alaska Airlines, Inc. (Alaska) and Virgin America Inc., (Virgin America), and for its regional flying operated by subsidiary Horizon Air Industries, Inc. (Horizon) and third-party regional carriers, SkyWest Airlines and Peninsula Airlines (Regional). Winter storms in 2017 significantly ... 
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03/09/17Alaska Airlines announces 13 new nonstop routes from the Bay Area
New destinations mark the single largest new market announcement in Alaska Airlines history SAN FRANCISCO, March 9, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Three months after its acquisition of Virgin America, Alaska Airlines is growing its Bay Area footprint, adding 13 new nonstop markets from San Francisco International Airport and Mineta San Jose International Airport. The routes mark the single largest new market announcement in Alaska Airlines history. With the additional flights, Alaska Airlines and Virgi... 
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03/02/17Alaska Airlines awarded slots to serve Mexico City from San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Diego
Alaska further solidifies position as the West Coast go-to airline by adding Mexico City service from California hubs SEATTLE, March 2, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Dept. of Transportation has tentatively awarded Alaska Airlines coveted slots at Mexico City's Benito Juarez International Airport from San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Diego with flights starting this summer. Tickets and flight schedule details will be announced at a later date, following final government approval. "We are... 
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02/22/17Alaska Airlines and UNCF partner to expand college access nationwide
UNCF receives 1-million-mile gift to jump-start the organization's Charity Miles account with Alaska Airlines. SEATTLE, Feb. 22, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Alaska Airlines today named UNCF (United Negro College Fund) its newest Charity Miles partner, launching the partnership with a gift of one million frequent flier miles. UNCF is the national leader in the effort to expand college access for African-American and other minority students. Since the organization's founding in 1944, UNC... 
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02/16/17Alaska Airlines names new chief information officer, new vice president finance and controller and promotes two to managing director
SEATTLE, Feb. 16, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Alaska Airlines board of directors named Charu Jain vice president and chief information officer (CIO) of Alaska Airlines and Chris Berry vice president of finance and controller of Alaska Airlines and Alaska Air Group. Jain comes to the airline from IBM Global Business Services, where she led the team helping American Airlines integrate its IT systems.  Prior to that she worked 20 years at United Airlines in progressive roles from programmer to senior m... 
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02/10/17Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air employees receive $100 million in bonuses
SEATTLE, Feb. 10, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Employees of Alaska Air Group companies Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air are receiving $100 million in bonuses today, following Wednesday's record fourth quarter and record full-year earnings announcement. For most employees, this equates to more than 8 percent of their annual pay in 2016. The company's annual bonus, called Performance Based Pay (PBP), is determined by meeting or exceeding specific company-wide goals for safety, customer satisfaction, cos... 
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02/09/17Alaska Air Group reports January 2017 operational results
SEATTLE, Feb. 9, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Alaska Air Group Inc. (NYSE: ALK) today reported January operational results on a consolidated basis, for its mainline operations operated by subsidiaries Alaska Airlines, Inc. (Alaska) and Virgin America Inc., (Virgin America), and for its regional flying operated by subsidiary Horizon Air Industries, Inc. (Horizon) and third-party regional carriers, SkyWest Airlines and Peninsula Airlines (Regional). Winter storms significantly impacted the operational per... 
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02/08/17Alaska Air Group reports fourth quarter 2016 and full-year results and raises dividend 9%
SEATTLE, Feb. 8, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Acquisition of Virgin America Inc.: Air Group completed its acquisition of Virgin America Inc. ("Virgin America") on Dec. 14, 2016. Fourth quarter 2016 results reflect the results of operations and cash flows for Virgin America from Dec. 14, 2016 through Dec. 31, 2016, including the impacts associated with purchase accounting. Periods presented prior to the acquisition date do not include Virgin America's results, except in the supplementary combi... 
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02/01/17Alaska Airlines announces new service between Orange County, California and Albuquerque
New daily flights to start August 18 SEATTLE, Feb. 1, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Alaska Airlines will begin daily, nonstop-service from Orange County's John Wayne Airport to Albuquerque starting Aug. 18. "We are pleased to bring low fares and another new nonstop destination to our guests in Southern California," said John Kirby, Alaska's vice president of capacity planning. "With this addition, Alaska will offer 21 peak, daily departures to nine destinations from John Wayne Airport, including L... 
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01/20/17Alaska Air Group to Announce Financial Results
SEATTLE, Jan. 20, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Alaska Air Group, Inc. (NYSE: ALK), the parent company of Alaska Airlines, Inc., Virgin America Inc., and Horizon Air Industries, Inc., will announce its fourth quarter and full year 2016 financial results on Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017. A conference call is scheduled at 8:30 a.m. Pacific time/11:30 a.m. Eastern time. Interested parties may listen to the call via webcast at www.alaskaair.com/investors. Alaska Airlines, together with Virgin America and its re... 
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01/11/17Alaska Airlines announces new seasonal flights from Portland, Oregon to Baltimore, Milwaukee and Philadelphia this summer, and year-round service to Albuquerque
SEATTLE, Jan. 11, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Alaska Airlines is bringing four new markets to customers in the Rose City. New seasonal service will include Portland-Philadelphia starting May 22; Portland-Milwaukee, Wisconsin, starting June 5; and Portland-Baltimore starting June 6. New nonstop service between Portland-Albuquerque will start Aug. 18 and operate year-round. "We're super excited to launch four new nonstop daily routes from Portland, further enhancing our offerings for our guests in th... 
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01/10/17Alaska Air Group Reports December 2016 and Full-Year Operational Results
SEATTLE, Jan. 10, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Alaska Air Group Inc. (NYSE: ALK) today reported December and full-year operational results on a combined basis, for its subsidiaries Alaska Airlines, Inc. (Alaska) and Virgin America Inc., (Virgin America), and for its regional flying operated by subsidiary Horizon Air Industries, Inc. and third-party regional carriers, SkyWest Airlines and PenAir (Regional). Detailed information is provided below. Air Group's acquisition of Virgin America took place o... 
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01/06/17Alaska Airlines kicks off new year with new in-flight amenities, including Free Chat™ from any smartphone
Airline also introducing Premium Class, free movies* and more beverage options SEATTLE, Jan. 6, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Hot on the heels of its acquisition of California-based airline Virgin America, Alaska Airlines is debuting a complimentary new service to help fliers stay connected with friends and loved ones on the ground. Beginning today, guests on Alaska's Gogo-equipped flights can use iMessage, WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger to send greetings from 35,000 feet - for free. ... 
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01/05/17Alaska Airlines launches first West Coast commercial air service to Havana
California and Washington tourism and trade delegation explore Cuba's capital LOS ANGELES, Jan. 5, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Alaska Airlines today launched the first regularly scheduled U.S. commercial flights between Los Angeles and Havana, Cuba. "LAX is America's gateway to the world — and today, an exciting new chapter in U.S.-Cuba relations begins at our airport," said Mayor Eric Garcetti. "I am thrilled to see the first-ever commercial flight from the Wes... 
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