Alaska Airlines

Alaska-Virgin America Merger Moves Forward with Approval from Virgin Shareholders

Alaska-Virgin America Merger Moves Forward with Approval from Virgin Shareholders

As expected, shareholders of Virgin America voted Tuesday to approve the airline’s merger with Alaska Air Group, the parent of Alaska Airlines.
Alaska expects the merger to close in the fourth quarter but it says it has not yet decided how it might incorporate Virgin America’s brand into the combined entity, or whether the Virgin America brand will simply disappear.
The company said that the move was approved by the majority of …

Alaska Airlines to Begin Service to Newark from Portland, San Diego, San Jose

Alaska Airlines to Begin Service to Newark from Portland, San Diego, San Jose

Alaska Airlines announced that it plans to launch new service in the fall and next spring to Newark, New Jersey, from three West Coast cities. Additionally, the carrier will be adding a third daily flight between Newark and Seattle, Washington.
On November 10, Alaska will begin daily flights between Portland, Oregon, and Newark Liberty International Airport. Flights will depart Portland International Airport at 6:55 a.m. and arrive in Newark at 2:55 …

Alaska to Launch Portland-Sun Valley, Idaho Flights

Alaska to Launch Portland-Sun Valley, Idaho Flights

Alaska Airlines announced that it plans to launch new seasonal service to Sun Valley, Idaho from Portland, Oregon on December 17. Flights will be operated twice weekly through April 1, 2017, as well as between June 14 and September 16, 2017.
Flights are scheduled to depart Portland at 9:40 a.m. on Wednesdays and Saturdays and arrive in Sun Valley at 12:12 p.m. From Sun Valley, flights will depart at 12:47 p.m., also …

Alaska Air Announces Post-Merger Management Team for Virgin America

Alaska Air Announces Post-Merger Management Team for Virgin America

Alaska Air Group, the parent of Alaska Airlines, announced top post-merger management appointments to lead Virgin America after the deal closes.
Two executives, one from Alaska and one from Virgin, were named.
Ben Minicucci, currently Alaska Airlines’ chief operating officer and president, will serve as the CEO of the Virgin America subsidiary. In addition, Peter Hunt, Virgin America’s senior vice president and chief financial officer, will become the subsidiary’s president and will …

Alaska Reports Traffic Increase for June

Alaska Reports Traffic Increase for June

Alaska Air Group announced operational results for month of June 2016.
On a combined basis, the airline reported a 10.9% increase in traffic on an 11.7% increase in capacity compared to June 2015.
System-wide traffic rose to 3.24 billion revenue passenger miles or RPMs from 2.92 billion RPMs in the same period last year.
The airline said it flew 3.77 billion available seat miles or ASMs in June, an increase of 11.7% compared …

Alaska to Launch Portland-Orlando Flights

Alaska to Launch Portland-Orlando Flights

Alaska Airlines announced that it plans to begin new daily, non-stop flights between Portland, Oregon and Orlando, Florida on March 16, 2017. The new route will be the first non-stop service between the two cities.
Flights are scheduled to depart Portland at 6:40 a.m. and arrive in Orlando at 3:15 p.m. From Orlando, flights will depart at 4:15 p.m. and arrive back in Portland at 7:35 p.m.
Alaska will operate the service …

Alaska to Begin First-Ever Flights Between Anchorage and Spokane

Alaska to Begin First-Ever Flights Between Anchorage and Spokane

Alaska Airlines announced it will begin new seasonal, non-stop service between Anchorage, Alaska and Spokane, Washington on June 11. The carrier will operate the service once a week through August 27.
Flights will depart Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport at 11:55 p.m. on Saturdays and arrive at Spokane International Airport at 4:26 a.m. the next morning. From Spokane, flights are scheduled to depart at 7:40 p.m., also on Saturdays, and arrive …