Alaska Forms Ground Handling Subsidiary Named After Founder Linious McGee

By Paul Riegler on 29 March 2016
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DSC_0305 2Alaska Airlines announced the formation of McGee Air Services, a ground services company named after its founder, Linious “Mac” McGee, who started McGee Airways out of Anchorage in 1932.

McGee Air Services will be a wholly owned subsidiary of the Seattle-based airline and offer aviation ground handling, aircraft cleaning, and wheelchair services to multiple airlines, starting with Alaska. As an independent subsidiary, the company will have to compete with other companies in the industry for Alaska’s business.

“Having more airline services options will help Alaska provide a superior air travel product for customers at competitive costs,” said Alaska Airlines COO Ben Minicucci.

Alaska announced the appointment of Dean DuVall, formerly head of station operations and supply chain management at the airline, as McGee’s president. Employees at the company will receive competitive wages and benefits including medical insurance, Alaska said. They will also receive flight benefits.

Last August, United Airlines formed United Ground Express, a ground handling service for airlines that wish to outsource these functions.

The wholly owned subsidiary provides customer service, station operations, ramp, and cargo services.

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