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04/21/16Alaska Air Group Reports Record First Quarter 2016 Results
SEATTLE, April 21, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Financial Highlights: Reported record first quarter net income, excluding special items, of $183 million, a 23% increase over the first quarter of 2015. Adjusted diluted earnings per share of $1.45 was a 29% increase over the first quarter of 2015. This quarter's results exceed First Call analyst consensus estimate of $1.42 per share. Reported net income for the first quarter under Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) of $184 million o... 
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04/12/16Horizon Air Places Largest Aircraft Order in its History, Adding 30 Embraer E175 Regional Jets to Fleet
Inflight amenities include Wi-Fi and inflight entertainment PORTLAND, Ore., April 12, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Horizon Air today announced it will grow its fleet with the purchase of 30 new three-class Embraer E175 jets, which will fly exclusively for Alaska Airlines. The order, which also includes 33 options, will be delivered over three years starting next year, and is valued at $2.8 billion at Embraer's current list price and represents the largest order since the airline was founded in 1981. ... 
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04/06/16Alaska Airlines to fly Bellingham to Kona, on the Big Island of Hawaii
SEATTLE, April 6, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Alaska Airlines announced today that it will begin weekly flights between Bellingham, Washington and Kona on the Big Island of Hawaii. The nonstop, seasonal service to Kona begins Nov. 12 and ends April 1, 2017. "Our customers living in Northwest Washington and in British Columbia, Canada, will soon be able to enjoy convenient access to some of Hawaii's best snorkeling and the world-famous Kilauea volcano with our new Bellingham-based flights," said Joh... 
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04/05/16Alaska Air Group Reports March 2016 Operational Results
SEATTLE, April 5, 2016 /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 subsidiary Alaska Airlines, Inc. (Alaska), and for its regional flying operated by subsidiary Horizon Air Industries, Inc., and third-party regional carriers SkyWest Airlines and PenAir. Detailed information is provided below. AIR GROUP On a combined basis, Air Group reported a 9.2 percent increase ... 
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04/04/16Alaska Air Group to Acquire Virgin America, Creating West Coast's Premier Carrier
Seattle-based carrier to become 5th largest U.S. airline SEATTLE and SAN FRANCISCO, April 4, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Highlights: Deal combines two leading airlines known for outstanding customer service and low fares. Alaska Airlines expands its California presence, while creating new opportunities for growth and competition. Expanded route network benefits customers, with 1,200 daily departures. Transaction is expected to be accretive to adjusted earnings per share in first full... 
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04/01/16Alaska Air Group to Announce Financial Results
SEATTLE, April 1, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Alaska Air Group, Inc. (NYSE: ALK), the parent company of Alaska Airlines, Inc., and Horizon Air Industries, Inc., will announce its first quarter 2016 financial results on Thursday, April 21, 2016.  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, a subsidiary of Alaska Air Group (NYSE: ALK), together with its partner... 
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03/29/16Alaska Airlines Announces the Formation of a New Subsidiary - McGee Air Services
Company to provide industry leading ground handling, aircraft cleaning and airport mobility services SEATTLE, March 29, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Alaska Airlines, Inc. today announced the company plans to form a wholly owned subsidiary called McGee Air Services, a dedicated airline services company that combines deep industry experience with a singular focus on providing best-in-class airline services.   Initially, the company will provide airline services for Alaska Airlines. McGee Air Service... 
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03/23/16Alaska Airlines Foundation Accepting Grant Request Applications for 2016 Funding
Letters of Inquiry must be received by April 15 ANCHORAGE, Alaska, March 23, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The Alaska Airlines Foundation is currently accepting grant request applications from non-profits in the states of Alaska, Washington and Hawaii. The deadline for mid-year consideration is April 15, 2016. Each year the Alaska Airlines Foundation distributes cash grants to support youth and educational efforts in the states of Alaska, Washington and Hawaii. In 2015, the Alaska Airlines Foundati... 
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03/22/16Veteran Airline Industry Employee Joins Alaska Airlines' Real Estate Team
SEATTLE, March 22, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Matt Shelby has joined Alaska Airlines as managing director of corporate real estate. He'll be responsible for the oversight of Alaska and Horizon Air's airport real estate activities, specifically in Seattle. "Matt is a seasoned professional with extensive aviation, legal, policy and operational experience," said Karen Gruen, Alaska Airlines' vice president of real estate. "His broad background in operating and negotiating with airports, and proven tr... 
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03/21/16Alaska Airlines First to Offer Frequent Fliers Option to Redeem Miles for TSA Precheck® Membership
Mileage Plan members can redeem 10,000 miles to cover TSA Precheck application fee through April 30* SEATTLE, March 21, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Alaska Airlines is offering its frequent fliers a new way to redeem miles and save time at the airport. Beginning today through the end of April, Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan members can redeem 10,000 miles to waive the $85 application fee for five years of hassle-free travel with TSA Precheck. TSA Precheck members traveling through airport security c... 
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03/16/16Alaska Airlines Begins New Flights from Orange County to Santa Rosa and Reno/Tahoe
New flights offer Los Angeles customers low fares and non-stop service SEATTLE, March 16, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Today Alaska Airlines will begin new service from Orange County to Santa Rosa/Sonoma County, California and Reno/Tahoe, Nevada. These new routes eliminates the need to connect through other cities and marks the first time Alaska Airlines has provided service between Reno and Orange County, which is the second most popular destination from Reno. "We're excited to introduce two new ... 
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03/02/16Alaska Air Group Reports February 2016 Operational Results
SEATTLE, March 2, 2016 /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 subsidiary Alaska Airlines, Inc. (Alaska), and for its regional flying operated by subsidiary Horizon Air Industries, Inc. and third-party regional carriers, SkyWest Airlines and PenAir. Detailed information is provided below. AIR GROUP On a combined basis, Air Group reported a 13.8 percent inc... 
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03/02/16Alaska Airlines Files Application to Fly Los Angeles-Havana, Cuba
Airline seeks governmental approval to serve Cuban capital with daily nonstop service SEATTLE, March 2, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Alaska Airlines today filed an application with the U.S. Department of Transportation seeking approval to fly two daily nonstop flights from its Latin America gateway of Los Angeles to Havana, Cuba. The Los Angeles metro area has the largest Cuban-American population in the Western United States.  "Together with our 14 global partner airlines, Alaska Airlines offe... 
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03/02/16Alaska Air Group to Webcast Presentation at the J.P. Morgan Aviation, Transportation & Industrial Conference
SEATTLE, March 2, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Alaska Air Group, Inc. (NYSE: ALK), the parent company of Alaska Airlines, Inc., and Horizon Air Industries, Inc., today announced it will webcast a presentation by Brad Tilden, Alaska's chief executive officer, at the J.P. Morgan Aviation, Transportation & Industrials Conference at 9:30 a.m. Eastern time on Tuesday, March 8, 2016 in New York, New York. To participate, listeners should access the "Investor Information" section of www.alaskaair.com/i... 
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02/17/16Alaska Airlines Grows San Jose Focus City with New Flying to San Diego and Orange County/Santa Ana
SEATTLE, Feb. 17, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Alaska Airlines today announced it will add two new routes from San Jose to Southern California starting June 5, 2016. The new, three-times daily nonstop service will connect Bay Area customers to Orange County/Santa Ana and San Diego. With this expansion, Alaska will operate 28 peak-day departures to 14 destinations from Norman Y. Mineta San José International Airport. "These new routes will bring low fares and an elevated inflight experience to our Ca... 
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02/11/16Alaska Airlines Selects Seattle Fashion Designer Luly Yang as New Uniform Designer
More Than 12,000 Employees Will Receive Redesigned Uniforms in 2018 SEATTLE, Feb. 11, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Alaska Airlines and Seattle fashion designer Luly Yang are announcing a new partnership to redesign uniforms for more than 12,000 airline employees. This is the next big step in the brand updates Alaska recently unveiled, which marked the company's first major brand changes in 25 years. "We are thrilled to announce this n... 
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02/09/16Alaska Airlines Taps Mekanism to Lead its Advertising
Creative agency will open an office in Seattle to support the airline's brand refresh SEATTLE, Feb. 9, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Alaska Airlines has named award-winning agency, Mekanism, its new advertising agency of record. Mekanism has more than 100 employees across offices in San Francisco and New York, and key clients that include Pepsi, MillerCoors, Ben & Jerry's, Charles Schwab, The North Face and the White House. Among its other Seattle clients are Amazon, Nordstrom Rack and Starbuck... 
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02/02/16Alaska Air Group Reports January 2016 Operational Results
SEATTLE, Feb. 2, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Alaska Air Group Inc. (NYSE: ALK) today reported January operational results on a consolidated basis for its mainline operations operated by subsidiary Alaska Airlines, Inc. (Alaska), and for its regional flying operated by subsidiary Horizon Air Industries, Inc., and third-party regional carriers SkyWest Airlines and PenAir. Detailed information is provided below. AIR GROUP On a combined basis, Air Group reported a 10.4 percent increase in traffic on... 
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01/29/16Horizon Air Flight Attendants and Pilots Pass Vote to Ratify Labor Contracts
SEATTLE, Jan. 29, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Horizon Air flight attendants and pilots together with their unions approved new contracts this week.  With these agreements in place, pending board approval and acceptable commercial terms for the aircraft, Horizon Air is set to move forward with its plan to add regional jets to its existing fleet of Q400s, providing an improved regional experience for customers. Horizon Air flight attendants represented by the Association of Flight Attendants (AFA) hav... 
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01/28/16Alaska Airlines to fly nonstop between Anchorage and Spokane, Washington, starting June 11
SEATTLE, Jan. 28, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Alaska Airlines will begin weekly nonstop service between Anchorage, Alaska, and Spokane, Washington, starting June 11 through August 27, 2016.    "Alaska Airlines is excited to introduce the first ever nonstop service between Spokane and Anchorage for the peak summer travel season," said John Kirby, the airline's vice president of capacity planning. "We are pleased to offer our valued Anchorage and Spokane customers another new non-stop destination, whe... 
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01/27/16Alaska Airlines to fly between Portland, Oregon, and Atlanta starting June 4
PORTLAND, Ore., Jan. 27, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Alaska Airlines today announced to employees gathered at a meeting in Portland that the company will begin daily, nonstop service between Portland, Oregon, and Atlanta starting June 4, through August 27, 2016. Alaska previously served the route between August 2013 and Sept. 2014. "Alaska Airlines continues to provide more options to our loyal Portland customer base," said John Kirby, the airline's VP of capacity planning. "We are pleased to add se... 
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01/25/16Alaska Airlines Unveils First Major Brand Change in 25 Years
SEATTLE, Jan. 25, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Alaska Airlines today unveiled its first major brand change in 25 years to a crowd of about 1,800 employees. The refreshed brand was introduced on a newly painted Boeing 737-800 and soon will be featured throughout the airport experience, on all digital channels, in marketing materials and across Alaska's entire fleet. "Our company has a unique personality and a vibrant spirit that our Eskimo has personified for almost half a century," said Alaska Air... 
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01/22/16Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air Employees Receive Nearly Five Weeks Extra Pay in Bonuses
SEATTLE, Jan. 22, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Following Thursday's record  fourth quarter and full-year earnings announcement, employees at Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air today are receiving bonuses of more than nine percent of their annual pay, or nearly five weeks additional pay, for most workers. For the past seven years, employees have received an average annual bonus equal to approximately one month's pay. The company's annual bonus, called Performance Based Pay (PBP), is determined by meeting... 
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01/21/16Alaska Air Group Reports Record Adjusted Fourth Quarter 2015 and Full-Year Results and Raises Dividend 38%
SEATTLE, Jan. 21, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Financial Highlights: Reported record fourth quarter net income, excluding special items, of $186 million, a 49% increase over the fourth quarter of 2014. Adjusted diluted earnings per share of $1.46 was a 55% increase over the fourth quarter of 2014. This quarter's results compare to a First Call analyst consensus estimate of $1.40 per share.  Reported record full-year net income, excluding special items, of $842 million, a 47% increase over 201... 
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01/21/16Alaska Air Group Increases Quarterly Dividend by 38%
SEATTLE, Jan. 21, 2016 /PRNewswire/ --The board of directors of Alaska Air Group (NYSE: ALK) declared a quarterly cash dividend of 27.5 cents per share, payable March 8, 2016 to all shareholders of record as of Feb. 23, 2016. This is the third time the company has raised the dividend since initiating it in July of 2013. The average dividend increase has been 40%. "Alaska Air Group is producing record results and we are excited about our future. We are delighted to increase the capital we are... 
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01/20/16Alaska Airlines Names New Managing Director, Station Operations
SEATTLE, Jan. 20, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Alaska Airlines has named 18-year Alaska Airlines' veteran Matt Prainito managing director of airport operations. In his new role, Prainito will coordinate regional directors, overseeing airport operations and lead customer service across 6 operating regions – except Seattle. "Award winning customer service is central to Alaska's identity," said Jeff Butler, Alaska Airlines' vice president, airport operations and customer service. "Matt is a savvy and d... 
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01/14/16Alaska Airlines Names New Vice President of Maintenance and Engineering
SEATTLE, Jan. 14, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Alaska Airlines' board of directors has elected 28-year Alaska veteran Kurt Kinder vice president of maintenance and engineering. In his new role, Kinder will lead approximately 1,000 employees and oversee all safety, compliance and operational performance of Alaska's fleet of 147 Boeing 737s. He will officially begin this position on Jan. 16, 2016. "This is an essential role in maintaining our world-class reputation for safety, compliance and performa... 
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01/12/16Alaska Airlines Announces 'Russell Wilson's Carolina Airlift'
Seattle's hometown airline charters special flight to Charlotte, extends social media contest inviting fans to enter for a chance to win a spot on the plane SEATTLE, Jan. 12, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Alaska Airlines and its Chief Football Officer Russell Wilson are teaming up again, this time to fly fans to Sunday's game in Charlotte, North Carolina. "Russell Wilson's Carolina Airlift" sweepstakes launched on Alaska Airlines' Facebook page today and is open to residents of Washington state. To en... 
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01/07/16Alaska Airlines Once Again Named North America's Most On-Time Airline
SEATTLE, Jan. 7, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Alaska Airlines has been named the No. 1 on-time major North American carrier for the sixth year in a row. FlightStats Inc., which compiles on-time performance data on millions of flights each year, bestowed the honor on Alaska Airlines today. No other major North American airline has received the prestigious award more times since the Portland-based company launched its on-time performance awards program in 2009. "FlightStats is once again proud to ... 
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01/05/16Alaska Air Group Reports December 2015 and Full-Year Operational Results
SEATTLE, Jan. 5, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Alaska Air Group Inc. (NYSE: ALK) today reported December 2015 and year-end operational results on a consolidated basis, and for its subsidiaries, Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air. Detailed information is provided below. AIR GROUP (including flights operated by third parties) On a combined basis, Air Group reported a 9.9 percent increase in traffic on a 12.2 percent increase in capacity compared to December 2014. Load factor decreased 1.7 points to 83.3 ... 
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01/05/16Horizon Air Announces Key Leadership Promotions
PORTLAND, Ore., Jan 5, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Horizon Air announced today several changes to the company's leadership team. Ali Donway has been named Horizon's managing director and chief pilot after she successfully served in this role on an interim basis for the last several months. With more than 25 years of experience at Alaska Air Group under his belt, Dave Burris has been appointed managing director of station operations. In addition, Lacey Pittman has assumed the role of managing direct... 
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01/04/16Alaska Air Group to Announce Financial Results
SEATTLE, Jan. 4, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Alaska Air Group, Inc. (NYSE: ALK), the parent company of Alaska Airlines, Inc., and Horizon Air Industries, Inc., will announce its fourth quarter and full year 2015 financial results on Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016. 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, a subsidiary of Alaska Air Group (NYSE: ALK), together with i... 
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